Friday, December 18, 2009

Flor de Caña 18

Flor de Caña is from one of the most decorated Rum distilleries (Ministry of Rum info Page is loaded with info..)in the world, and it has been that way for over a hundred years. With that legacy in mind, the 18 Year Centenario is the tip-top of their range and quite an accomplished spirit. The nose leads with wet mahogany, candied pear, dark caramel, dried fig, tanned leather, rope, tropical fruit and tea chest. The aromas evolve on the palate to include roasted nuts, black strap molasses, Ibarra chocolate (Mexican style), dried brown spices and charred oak that deliver an earthy-dry-full of flavor libation . . . it is complex and recherché. It finishes with characteristically dry elan and relish showing clean vegetal tones, dried fruit, oak spices, smoky warmth and vanilla. This is a serious rum to enjoy neat, with ice or in a rum focused beverage.

So my good pal Chip from the excellent blog, The Rum Howler and i have been e-mailing back and forth about Spirits in general and he mentioned he was going to post a review of Flor de Caña 18 { click the link to read it!} and wanted to include a cocktail. He had an idea and asked me what i thought?? So i tweaked his idea a bit and this is what we came up with:

El Padrino

2 Oz Flor de Cana 18
1 Oz Amaretto (i used Luxardo)
1/8 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Build on Ice in Small Rock Glass
Garnish With a Thin Slice of Lemon

Some notes on on the 'drink': Any of you who are "Cocktail Recipe" gifted will recognize that this is QUITE obviously a play on a Godfather and that play is pushed even further by the name (El Padrino is 'The Godfather' in Spanish-- i know what you are thinking-- Clever-- yeah!); all of that aside let's look at 'Duo' cocktails in general, using this drink as an example: A duo, basically is a drink with 2 main ingredients-- wow, i know there is a point coming... Everyone has a 'prefered' style of drink-- the 'duo' style drink is perfect for them because it is a simple series of tweaks to make the drink perfect for any person, the 2 main components for El Padrino are F dC 18, and Amaretto: The Rum is stronger, drier, more complex, while Amaretto is Sweeter, Milder, creamier,nutty-- etc. . Both flavors control the drink, if you prefer your drink Drier, more complex, etc. use more Rum, or conversely-- if you in the mood for something sweeter, milder, creamier add more Amaretto--easy. So the range of measurements could easily be 1 Part FdC 18 to 1 Part Amaretto, 2 Parts FdC 18 to 1 Part Amaretto or 3 Parts FdC 18 to 1 Part Amaretto (my personal favorite) leaving the citrus where it is at there just to brighten and balance the drink.

Now before i wrap this up, let me mention something else that is totally obvious: Amaretto matters! If you are using a nice Rum like FdC 18 in your drink, do it the service of adding ingredients of comparable quality, i used Luxardo Amaretto, a wonderful Almond based Amaretto (you'd be surprised most Amaretto's are not "Almond" based...) since i have rambled a bit here is a great review of Luxardo at Spirit's Review, by Chris Carlsson, i would rate it higher but his review is dead on!..

Maybe we could do an informal survey: What is your favorite ratio in the El Padrino? Comments are welcome!