Wednesday, May 15, 2024

captain hook

1 1/2 oz Jamaican Rum (Appleton Signature)
1/2 oz Smith & Cross Rum
1 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup

Dry shake and pour into a Collins glass rinsed with absinthe (Butterfly), fill with crushed ice, and float Angostura Bitters (3 dash).
Two Wednesdays ago, I opened up the Bartender's Choice app and came across the Captain Hook by Brandon Bramhall at Attaboy in Nashville circa 2018. The app did not identify the Jamaican rum, but I was able to uncover via online recipe flashcards that the bar uses Appleton. Given the name, it seems like a riff on the Captain's Blood from the 1947 Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide (1 1/2 oz Jamaican rum, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1 tsp Angostura Bitters, although generally adapted to contain a balancing sweetener) with a split of rums, crushed ice, absinthe rinse, and the bitters floated instead of incorporated. Once prepared, the Captain Hook's bitters float donated clove and allspice aromas to the nose. Next, a crisp lime sip with hints of caramel sailed into funky rum, caramel, licorice, and anise flavors on the swallow.

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