It's been warming up a bit here in Portland, even if I have to be thankful that most of the summer has been blessedly cool. So once again I turn towards tiki. Just to mix things up a bit, I also decided to play with one of the lesser-used spirits on my shelf, cognac.
1 oz Hardy VS cognac
0.5 oz Batavia Arrack
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz grapefruit juice
0.25 oz cinnamon syrup
0.25 oz simple syrup
Combine all ingredients, shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
A fairly simple drink, but the flavors all play well together. The brandy base provides wine and oak flavors that the funk of the arrack and the cinnamon spice dance around. The lemon and grapefruit juices give the drink a bit of snap so everything balances out nicely. A fine drink for a summer evening.
Glenturret 33, 1980 (The Whisky Agency)
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