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Condensation can go suck it.
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Apparently I have to start chilling, not only my glassware and spirits but also my house when shooting for the blog, unless I want to end up with photos of sweaty cocktails. And that concludes the ranting part of the tour…
So I’m back, kids. I’ve had a weird couple of months trying to be (the best stripper in Boston) super healthy where I’ve emerged (like a beautiful butterfly some might say) with the following 2 truths about myself:
1. I can’t quit craft cocktails & burritos from Chipotle.
2. No matter how much weight I lose, skinny jeans is just not working. I need to stop that shit.
I’m an avid (yet admittedly suck at it) crossfitter and was following Whole30 for around 50 days (yeah that math doesn’t make sense to me either), which meant no booze. So I would just stare at my home bar at nights and wipe the dust and cobwebs off my bottles. But I got around to cooking a lot, which actually helped me think of new cocktail ingredients and recipes for the future of DTSM… cause you can bet your sweet ass that I’m enjoying the sweet, loving embrace of gin and whiskey again. Downside is that I suck at drinking at the moment and I have to be real selective with what I make, ’cause chances are that’s gonna be my only drink for the night [picture me nursing a warm negroni all night].
So there. That’s my excuse for the lack of posts lately and now that I have your forgiveness, I’ll give you a quick rundown of this drink, which was intended to be a tribute to Spain but then the west indies got in the mix and it became some weird Frankenstein history lesson that tastes a bit heavy but has a lot of depth.
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Dark rum (Aged)
Brandy de Jerez
VARIANTS: This is the first drink I made with sherry, where I tested both Oloroso and Amontillado, 2 of the most common "heavier" ones; The Amontillado won this time but I'll be sure to make something with the Oloroso soon. I dont know what took me so long to start using this stuff but I guess you get used to vermouth after a while...
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Measure and pour the following into your trusty mixing glass (which you should have chilled slightly beforehand by stirring the lonely ice and straining out the water):
1 1/2 oz Appleton Estate 12 yr rum 1 oz Lustao Amontillado Sherry 1 oz Gran Duque D Alba Brandy de Jerez 1/2 oz Licor 43 1 barspoon St. Elizabeth AllSpice Dram 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Now perform your preferred stirring technique.
Strain into a Nick & Nora glass [if you’re cool like me] and garnish with a lemon peel monstrosity like seen above.
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