Last night, two weird drinks on opposite ends of the classiness spectrum.
by Phil Ward, Mayahuel, NYC.
1 oz Reposado Tequila, El Tesoro Reposado (Calle 23)
1/2 oz Batavia Arrack, Van Oosten (Smith & Cross)
1/2 oz Mezcal, Los Amantes Joven (Fidencio)
3/4 oz Sweet vermouth, Carpano Antica Formula
1/4 oz Allspice Dram, St Elizabeth (homemade)
1/4 oz Bénédictine
1 ds Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole (I used Aphrodite bitters because I couldn't get my bottle of Bitter Truth mole bitters to open, despite my overwhelming manly strength)
Stir, strain, up.
My notes: Pepper, vanilla, chocolate, allspice, herbal depth, dunder, all beautifully integrated, smooth, and elegant. Wow.
Despite looking on paper like a, well, like a car crash, this is a beautifully composed drink, with every ingredient playing its part. Spicy, sweet, deep, lightly bitter, and flavorful. In the shocker of all shockers, Phil Ward really knows what he's doing. Try it and let me know whether an Airbag saves your life
by Matt, Donna, Brooklyn, NY.
2 oz Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout
3/4 oz Coconut cream (Donna uses 3 parts Coco Lopez : 1 part coconut milk; I used coconut milk lightly sweetened with homemade falernum)
3/4 oz Pineapple juice
1/2 oz Demerara Rum, El Dorado 5 (I used Plantation 5 Year at home to good effect)
1/2 oz Jamaican rum, Smith & Cross
1 spg Mint (as garnish)
Shake, strain over one long ice shard in a Collins, garnish with slapped mint sprig, serve with straw.
My notes: Amazing. You wouldn't guess there was beer in it, but the stout adds a silky mouthfeel and malty/chocolate notes. Great rum combo. Best Colada I've had.
The molasses/chocolate/coffee/cream notes from the milk stout functioned almost the way a touch of Cruzan Blackstrap does in a punch, although with a much drier balance. It's worth considering what else beer can do in tropical drinks; I know Jacob Grier's My Ta-IPA
makes good use of IPA's grapefruity bitterness.
I realize that I've strayed from my mission by mixing a drink as ungirlie as Ward's Airbag. In my defense, it is on the sweet side.