17th Century Cocktail

Yar!! It be a Batavia Arrack cocktail
1 12ozBatavia Arrack, Van Oosten
1ozManzanilla sherry, Lustau Manzanilla
14ozOrgeat (homemade, with orange flower water)
Cut cheeks (peel, pith, small bit of fruit) off the four sides of an orange - bonus if it's a Valencia or Seville. Add ingredients to glass, drop in four orange cheeks, add ice and shake (to integrate the orgeat). Double strain into a coupe, and garnish with a thin orange slice.
I'm hoping that this builds a nutty-citrus accord that fights the buttery-oily arrack. Manzanilla sherry is like a super-fino, and hopefully the detailed instructions get enough orange into the drink without having to add orange juice.
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Zachary Pearson on 05/02/2011
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That's nice of you. I think that people who drink enough craft cocktails tend to move toward liking bitter and sour flavors over sweet ones. I've now found that I love Amaro Sibilla, and I think the only thing left for me is to chew on straight gentian roots or cinchona bark ;)



christina in tacoma's picture

The Sibilla is potent stuff. It is a little much for me straight, but I do like it with some soda and a twist. Thanks again for all the good stuff you post- I've learned some of my very favorite flavor combos from your recipes.

christina in tacoma's picture

So, I'd like to retract what I said last year, because I tried this again and this is really a great cocktail. I know I didn't use the right sherry last time (and it was probably old), and maybe my tastes have changed or I was just crazy that day. I still have mixed feelings about batavia arrack but the soft nutty orange flavors do work quite well here.

christina in tacoma's picture

Well, I could tell by the description that this would probably be too dry for me, though the ingredients got my attention. I had a regular navel orange to work with. I liked it with .75 oz orgeat (the homemade stuff is just so good) and an equal measure of lime. Sorry for over-modifying....

Zachary Pearson's picture

So weirdly enough, this works. It definitely gets enough orange into the drink, and the Manzanilla + Arrack give almost a smoky, Mezcal accord. This is definitely dry, but interesting.

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