Friday, April 2, 2010

The Monk’s Uncle

So in contact with my buddy Chip (Arctic Wolf) he mentioned a cocktail he had made up basically amounting to well aged rum and Frangelico. i thought this hilarious because i had been making the same drink for quite a while and just 'assumed' that it was already in somebody's cocktail book and i just didn't know the name. The reason i assumed this will be plain when you taste this drink -it is delicious and so simple i am surprised that it isn't everywhere. So i scoured my cocktail books (over 40) scoured the interweb and i found nothing--Wow. So here is the original recipe that Chip (Arctic Wolf) has named The Monk's Uncle:
The Monk’s Uncle
Version 1

2 Oz Appleton 21
3/4 Oz Frangelico

mix with a small amount of ice and serve

Simple, luscious, delectable and so damn easy...
Well Chip (Arctic Wolf) told me he was using Appleton 21 in the drink and i thought: "Well Appleton 21 is an amazing Rum it deserve a little more work than that..." So i came up with these sexy touches:

The Monk’s Uncle Version 2

2 Oz Appleton 21
3/4 Oz Frangelico
1/4 -1/2 Oz Lemon Juice
1 Egg White

Dry shake to emulsify add ice and shake till chilled, strain into chilled cocktail glass, flame foam with 50/50 Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters and Goslings 151.

Now that drink looks awesome, i love the burnt meringue on the top and the smell of the flamed bitters with the rich, pungent aromas of Appleton 21 are amazing, but . . .it is not really any better than the super simple one that Chip and i just 'happened' upon.

So try The Monk's Uncle (either one)and trust me when i tell you it works great with almost any 'aged' rum. i like mine with a lemon twist-- for the record-- unless you are making version 2 then a little juice inside.

Here is Chip's review of Appleton 21 and the cocktail...