Saturday, March 22, 2014

Court Martial

In 2011, we decided to create some drink recipes that included macadamia nut liqueur for a Christmas gift exchange. Sweet as sugar cookies with just a hint of earthiness, macadamia nut liqueur makes for a great substitute for simple syrup in many drinks (if you are looking for a syrup substitute without the nuttiness, grab a bottle of Licor 43. Note, though, 43 will have just a bit of herbal citrus in the background). The obvious pairing with macadamia is coffee, so we stayed away from those recipes. I wanted to go classic and emphasize this liqueur's non-sweet properties. The best way to do this is to put a bitter amaro in the mix. Nut liqueurs and amaro are like peanut butter and jelly to Italians. Consider the wonderful combinations of nocino (walnut liqueur), gin, and Compari in a nut-driven negroni. For this recipe, we thought that using a classic American rye would be fun.

Court Martial
Holly's Originals

2 ounces rye (we used Jim Beam)
2 ounces macadamia nut liqueur (we used Trader Vic's)
1 barspoon of Campari

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a coupe of your choice. Garnish with a cherry or orange or both in a flag if feeling spunky.

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