I had high hopes for this one (who doesn’t love a drink named after a volcano?), but unfortunately this was just way too sweet. I would switch up the rhum agricole:Donn’s spices so there’s a lot less of the spice mixture. (FYI, the Donn’s spices are vanilla simple and St. Elizabeth’s Dram.)
Death & Co. indicates this is a riff on the Alaska cocktail, just subbing in Galliano for yellow chartreuse. It’s amazing how such a small change makes such a big difference in my enjoyment of the drink. The Alaska was entirely too dry for me, but this is so light and sophisticated, but also approachable with subtle vanilla notes balancing the floral. My only regret is that I’m not sipping it at some chic cocktail lounge dressed to the nines rather than hanging on the couch in my pajamas.
I don’t see any real correlation between Dame Maggie Smith and this drink, but both are lovely in their own right. (As an aside, when I grow up I want to be Maggie Smith circa Clash of the Titans.). In the drink, the rum and the pisco make a lovely duo that is sweet and tart in perfect measures. The lime, orange liqueur (I used the local Calisaya, from Elixir distilling), orgeat, and honey combine into something great than just the sum of the parts. All in all, I’m happy to sip this drink and admire Dame Smith as I let the workday slip away.
I just keep finding new ways to enjoy ginger. I bought a good ginger syrup (because I don’t have the time or patience to grate that much ginger root), and it mixed beautifully with the raspberry in this bright, summery cocktail. My only complaint is that the bourbon gets lost just a little.
This drink proves that a little bit of a lot of components can make something delicious. We start with some common tiki flavors (lime, orgeat, cinnamon syrup), but the addition of the bourbon and a single muddled strawberry resulted in a well-rounded, bright, summery beverage.