Taking notes while drinking is, on its face, ill-conceived. The authority of one’s recorded recollections is reduced by the circumstance of their transcription, not to mention the reliability of the transcriber. Nonetheless, it is necessary when developing a new cocktail. You have to keep track of what you’ve tried, what’s worked, what has not. Crafting a good cocktail often takes numerous iterations before hitting on a winner.
This was not the case for today’s cocktail, however. We’re talking about an improbable shot here. First try, nailed it. This fact is no doubt due to the universe-controlling attributes of its inspiration. I speak, of course, about the Kayne. Having bought the CD — yes, bought — yes, a CD — I was inspired to create a drink. Given my penchant for dark spirits, e.g. rye and rum, and stirred cocktails, the name was obvious.
My Dark And
2 oz. dark rum
3/4 oz. Amaro Cio Caro
1/4 oz. Licor 43
2 dashes Xocolatl Mole Bitters
Stir with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
I started with wanting to use dark rum. If you have it, a ½ oz. of a fragrant Jamaica rum (sugg. Smith & Cross) with 1 ½ oz. of a mellower, aged rum works really well. I then thought about exotic flavorings and just sort of gonzo ingredients. Using Paul Clarke’s Camerone as a base worked tremendously. The Licor 43 gives a vanilla note, and the Amaro adds citrus and complexity. I couldn’t resist the chocolately mole bitters, but you can substitute Angostura to good effect. If your efforts at building a still to slow down the time haven’t worked out, a simpler approach might be a few cocktails instead.
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