When you’re creating new cocktails, it’s pretty easy to fall
back on classic recipes to inspire new ones. Like, really easy. You already
know I love a good recipe hack, so it’s probably no surprise that most of the
cocktails I create are usually based on other cocktails. Not today, though.
Today’s bev is pretty unique and could have been a total disaster.
Totally uninhibited by any worries about breaking the mold, I started grabbing bottles and just smelling them. Weird, I know, but I often cook and craft cocktails by smell. Then when I started finding flavors that seemed unusual, but plausible, I just went for it and started mixing. Rhum agricole for its grassy sweetness, mezcal for tang and smoke, and velvet falernum for spice.
All of these flavors and essences hail from the Caribbean and Mexico, long ago known as the Spanish Main. It’s entirely possible that I was watching pirate movies when I came up with this drink. It’s also entirely possible that it will also be my new go-to cocktail for anything pirate themed.