Tuesday, December 20, 2022

trouble & desire

2 oz El Dorado 5 Year Rum
1/2 oz Smith & Cross Rum
1/2 oz Licor 43
3/4 oz Carpano Sweet Vermouth (Cocchi)

Stir with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Tuesdays ago, I ventured back into Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix'Em and spied the Trouble & Desire. This rum Manhattan of sorts akin to Eastern Standard's Ponce de Leon was created by Michael Yusko at Cure who named it after a line from Hal Hartley's 1992 movie Simple Men where a character exclaims, "There is no such thing as adventure. There is no such thing as romance. There's only trouble and desire." Once prepared, the Trouble & Desire gave forth an orange, caramel, and vanilla nose. Next, caramel and grape notes on the sip flowed into funky rum, citrus, and vanilla flavors on the swallow.

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