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How fair is it to try a recipe for a cocktail, when half the ingredients are out of your reach and you have no way of knowing, what the end result should taste like?

Not very - if you do it for any other reason than: But it's the only way I can get to taste this mix that intrigues me!

And it did speak to me. Mainly because it sounds like a meal more than a drink but also because it woke up a powerful longing for all things New Orleans

The drink originates from SoBou, a bar I have visited a couple of times. Unfortunately I do not think I'll get to visit New Orleans or SoBou in the foreseeable future.

I remember finding SoBou's cocktails and bar menu playful and fun - but not over the top crazy.

When you read a recipe of a cocktail containing curry caramel you might think: That's over the top -especially as it is partnered with rum, cold-brew coffee and the Italian artichoke bitter Cynar.

Having decided the only way to taste the mix, was to try to recreat it - I faced a few problems:

Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum is not for sale in Denmark, so I had to find a substitute. I've read a few reviews - some of them talk of a rum with strong hints of Christmas spice. 

I suppose I could try spicing up a golden rum with som cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove but I have to admit - that particular mix is not a favorite of mine.

Instead I decided to use a mix of Stiggin's Fancy Plantation Pineapple and Myers dark rum.

My reasoning goes like this: Pineapple play well with curry and equally important with coffee. 

My next problem was the call for chicory cold-brew coffee.  Whatever substitute I could find in Denmark would never match the original New Orleans coffee. So instead I went for a strong espresso - which is probably at the exact oppersite end of the coffee scale to chicory cold-brew - but Espresso Bongo

And then on to making the curry caramel. I started by dividing the recipe by 4 - I might love this cocktail, but not enough to drink the more than 70 that can be mixed from the amount of curry caramel the original recipe makes. 
  • 4.5 cl rum - I a mix of Stiggin's Fancy Plantation Pineapple and Myers dark rum
  • 1.5 cl Cynar
  • 6 cl coffee - I used chilled espresso
  • 2 cl curry caramel*
And no I did not cook an extra salted caramel just for a garnish, I simply rolled half of the mouth of the glass in a little of the curry caramel and then som yellow sugar. I am lazy that way.

So how did it taste? Pretty much the way I expected. It tasted sort of how you feel after eating a salad of artichoke, a good curry, something sweet for dessert with an espresso. Only with booze...


* I cooked 250 g sugar with 1.25 dl of water over medium heat for a good 15 minutes and heated 6 grams of a strong curry powder in 2.5 cl of whipping cream until the cream just shivered on the surface. Just before adding the cream to the boiling sugar I poured it through a sieve.
 
P.S Happy 60th birthday Lego-brick!
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Ginhound by Andrea - 1y ago


The name of this new Danish cocktail might lead you to believe it is a riff on a Corpse Reviver - it's not really - more like the child og a Mai Tai and a Corpse Reviver.

It's that rare bird: A gin based Tiki cocktail.

That is probably what attracted me to it when I came across the recipe in a new book on Danish gin.

The book - Danske gin og ginmagere (Danish gins and gin makers - full review in Danish here) - is written by Christian Wendelbo who happens to be the son of a dear colleague.

Not only does the book cover a great number of new Danish gins and a few of the established ones like Geranium and Jensen, it also offers more than 30 cocktails developed to suit each individual gin.

On top of that there is a nice introduction to both gin history and the science of distilling. And then a good starting point for anyone wanting to get started shaking cocktails at home. Even the Gin and Tonic drinker get's nice pointers about which gin goes with which tonic.

So a very interesting book that quickly left me thirsty for a drink.

When I came across The Potential Reviver I knew I had found the one to try first. I did not have the gin this cocktail was developed for - Marstal no 31 - but I substituted an orange forward gin instead:

  • 4 cl gin - I used Copenhagen Orange Gin
  • 1 cl aquavit - I used D Argentum
  • 1 cl orange liqueur - I used Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • 1 cl banana liqueur - I used Giffard Banane du Bresil
  • 1 cl orgeat - I used Giffard
  • 2 cl lemon juice
Add everything to a shaker, fill the shaker with ice, shake and then double strain into a Tiki or old fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange.


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