Surprise! It's not a bourbon drink this time.
Never one to resist an interesting bitters flavor, I surreptitiously brought home a small jar of blackstrap bitters from the store last month. It's smell was a deeper, spicier version of molasses, almost as if mixed with both tobacco smoke and licorice. Naturally, my first thought was to pair it with bourbon, but my bottle of dark Goslings rum was looking at me (figuratively, not literally) like it was begging to be used. I had some limes at the ready, and this drink was born.
Normally, mentioning the word "daiquiri" conjures up visions of coconut, blenders, and fruity frozen drinks, but really, a daiquiri is any rum drink mixed with citrus. In this case, we're pairing a dark spicy rum with lime and honey and a few dashes of this strange, but deeply fragrant ingredient. The result is smoky and fragrant with a small bit of sweetness and acidity, not unlike a rum drinker's version of an Old Fashioned.
Makes 1 Blackstrap Daiquiri:
- 2 oz dark rum (I used Goslings)
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1.5 oz honey syrup (honey syrup is 1 part honey to 1 part hot water, stirred, then cooled)
- 2 drops blackstrap bitters
Stir the ingredients together and shake over ice. Serve as is, or over a large ice cube with lime as a garnish. Best if sipped in front of a roaring fire.