Sour is something we’re always working with here at Rated R Cocktails. Luckily sour is the theme this month for MxMo. We’re very grateful to our host Andrea of Ginhound for choosing such a versatile and seasonal theme. For our part we were inspired to work with a citrus we had previously never touched in the realm of cocktail.
Tangerines are a unique citrus in many ways. Though similar to oranges in many ways they are much sweeter and have a melon like taste to my palate. I chose to pair them with some funky Martinique rhum like Neisson and balance that with roasty sweet Koloa Dark rum. The profile is very nice and we love Koloa Dark. Should it not be available in your area you can try to get close to the flavor by using equal parts El Dorado 12 year and Myers Dark Jamaican rums. The name comes from the wonderful lecture we experienced at SACC 2014 that taught us how much the volcanic soil influenced the crops and rhums of Martinique.
1 oz VSOP Martinique Rhum like Clement or Neisson
1 oz Koloa Dark Hawaiian Rum
1 oz fresh tangerine juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz honey syrup
1 tsp allspice dram
Shake with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with edible flowers.
Aromas of sweet honey, dark soil, and sweet chocolate blend into scents of tart melon. The flavor is spicy with plenty of unique funky agricole notes. Sour and earthy notes follow flavors of honey and earth. Tangerine really adds a lot of sweetness and melon notes. If you can’t get tangerines in your area we recommend adding abit more honey to your orange juice.
Sours are great and tasty drinks, and really Tiki has a lot of roots in classic sours. We hope you’ve enjoyed our cocktail and until next time…
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