Today’s recipe (from Brooklyn Bartender again) almost looks like two different cocktails to me, one heading in a Tiki direction with the rum, lemon and grenadine, while the other tends more in the classic cocktail direction with the rye and cognac. I admit, this dichotomy appeals to me — who doesn’t feel a little split sometimes (don’t even get me started on the election…)? While I have a fondness for the Tiki culture, generally speaking they are just too sweet for me. But I like some kind of sweetness to balance the strong of a good spirit. This drink had a good level of sweetness, but too much sour for my taste. I did like the different spirit flavors, though; you could really taste the different flavors of the rum, cognac, and rye. I might try this again with a bit less lemon.
PS: My prep area is clearly getting a little crowded; it’s time to step up production!