Thursday, October 20, 2022

strangeways daiquiri

3/4 oz Plantation Xaymaca Rum
3/4 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch
3/4 oz Cinnamon Syrup
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1 bsp St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (1/8 oz)
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.

Another recipe that I had spotted in the cocktail database at Drink was the Strangeways Daiquiri that was presented without attribution. When I posted it on Instagram, bartender Ben Watts who now works at Chickadee took credit for its creation. He described how it was initially designed for the cocktails to go program in Fall of 2020, and on a practical level, it was due to a large stockpile of Laphroaig that they received right before the Pandemic shutdown. He continued, "Intellectually, it's because I like wrestling with the smoke in Islay Scotch – it's less flexible than mezcal smoke, but it's also why people order it... The solution is usually to pair it with flavors as aggressive as its peat and to try to twist them together, so Jamaican rum made sense to me." This recipe that he crafted in homage to the Boukman Daiquiri was named when "trying to marry something Scottish with something Jamaican, so I thought about Bond novels and films [set] in Jamaica. And John Strangeways is the head of Station J–Jamaica in the book Live and Let Die and whose murder sets the plot of Dr. No."
In the glass, the Strangeways Daiquiri proffered cinnamon and peat smoke aromas. Next, a lime-driven sip led into rum, peat smoke, allspice, and cinnamon flavors on the swallow.

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