So they tell me it’s MxMo time again? Well with a theme like smashes we sadly can’t work our usual Tiki magic. Still we’ll give this the old college try for our host the Stacy Markow Blog. Smashes are by all accounts a julep in shot form. Having borrowed a copy of Imbibe from an esteemed bartender friend I realized two things. The first is that I really should own a copy of my own, and the second is that you can really plug and play a lot of flavors into the simple formula.
Well I originally wanted to use lavender, figs and tequila to make something really rather funky but my lavender plant decided to leave for the big herb garden in the sky. The sage looked really fresh though and I always loved the combination of sage and pineapple. Naturally I looked to my rums for support and I wasn’t let down. Using the proportions Mr. Wondrich listed in his book as a base I cobbled this together. It’s a little to sweet and simple for my tastes but it is a quick pleasant sip.
2 oz Demerera rum (8 year El Dorado will work if your sane, but Lemon Hart 151 is toe curlingly delicious in this as well.)
1 oz Pineapple Syrup
5 leaves of sage
2 strips of lime peel
3 dashes Orange Bitters (Angostura or Fee Brothers Gin Barrel Aged)
Lightly muddle the leaves and peel in your tin before adding the other ingredients and ice. Shake like hell and then strain into a small rocks glass or small julep tin. Mound snow ice on top and garnish with pineapple fronds and a sprig of sage.
Sweet and pineappley with notes of dark smokey rum and sage. The lime peel adds some nice bitterness and manages to save it from being a cloying drink. The bitters play their part well and you gain a lot from using a tart orange bitter. This isn’t our normal complex layered Tiki fare but it is a nice light diversion.
Well thanks again to Stacy for hosting the party this month. I’ve really enjoyed seeing how pretty everyone’s drinks came out. Maybe if I can get a lavender plant to live I’ll try that tequila smash sometime. Until next time…
“You Get Hammered America!” -JFL