Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rum and Amari

We were rum-bombed by Stiff for Winterfest XIX, so we thought we'd pour an initial duo of these rums mixed with the high-class amari that we will also feature at the party. Since these drinks were created while watching jousting, we named them for warriors of the past and their fields of battle.

First, the Glorious List. As beautiful and seductive as the joust itself, this potent mix of blood orange, rum and amaro is the perfect representation of the courtly love between the knight and his lady. The base is Brugal 1888 Gran Reserva Familiar, a Dominican Republic rum which is double-distilled and double-aged, first in American white oak casks, then in Spanish aged sherry oak casks. The final master blend, then, is a combination of rums aged from 5 to 14 years. The Brugal family has been perfecting the process for almost 125 years. To this, we add fruit notes and bitterness from ripe blood oranges. The hint of bittersweetness comes from Amaro Montenegro, whose Italian roots date to 1885.

The second drink, the Praetorian, is named for the fighting spirit of the Roman guard. The amaro used in this cocktail is an earthy, bittersweet botanical produced since 1873 named Amaro CioCiaro. CioCiaro's chocolate-like notes blend perfectly with Zafra Master Reserve, a Panamanian rum of distinction. Aged for 21 years, Zafra delivers a huge blend of caramel and spice with scents of vanilla and sweet tobacco. To make sure we did not poison the cocktail with too much sugar, we opened up the dark chocolate tastes with lemon juice and anise bitters.

Thank Stiff for these little masterpieces, because if a bar ever even had these ingredients, each of these bad boys would set you back $10-$15 a drink. At Winterfest, you may try them for free.

Glorious List
Holly's Originals

1 part Brugal 1888 Gran Reserva Familiar rum
1/2 part blood (moro) orange
1/2 part Amaro Montenegro

Stir in a mixing glass with ice. Strain. Serve with blood orange rind.

Holly's Originals

1 1/2 ounce Zafra Master Reserve rum
1/4 ounce Amaro CioCiaro
1/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Dash Peychaud's bitters

Stir gently without ice. Serve immediately, garnished with a lemon twist.

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