The inspiration for my "Flip Flop" was a Blue Train Special. The recipe looks like this:
1 Oz Hardy VS Cognac
1 Oz of Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
Shake with ice & strain/build into a chilled glass, fill with ice and top up with sparkling wine (I used Cristalino Cava).
So the first thing I 'Flip Flopped' was the ratios. My drink was an evening drink, I wanted a bit more fortitute, without a total divergence from the original. The second switch was to a Mezcal instead of a Cognac. I kept the juice to spirit ratio the same because I love the way pineapple plays with Mezcal. The third change was the inclusion of bitters; lets face it bitters make things more harmonized--especially in a drink that will show 'spirit forward'. The Don Amado Rustico is 47% abv, full with rich complex flavors that will just naturally stand out and that was what I wanted. The last variation on the recipe is an orange zest garnish; quite a few versions of this recipe call for a garnish (most notably pineapple chucks which I did not have) and usually state them as optional.
I present to you: Especial Azul Tren
1 1/2 Oz Don Amado Rustico
1 1/2 Oz of Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
2 Dashes of Bitters (I like spicy so I used Bittermens Hellfire Bitters, but for a supple savory depth Celery Bitters did work great.)
Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain/build into a chilled glass half full of ice
Top up with sparkling wine, garnish with orange zest.
*Each variation of the bitters were great.
The biggest difference between the drinks is the immensity of 'Especial Azul Tren'. They both have a tropical, refreshing quality to them with a lovely, drinkable balance. Where the 'Blue Train Special' is light, delicate and vibrant - the 'Especial Azul Tren' is big, vigorous and layered; I'd say they are both winners.
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