Blackberries must be in season somewhere in the world right now, as the supermarkets are currently packed with them at pretty reasonable prices. I thought it would be rude not to take advantage of this, so tonight armed with a fresh punnet of blackberries I went in search of a cocktail that made good use of them. The drink I went for comes from Difford’s Guide and was created in 2005 by Tonin Kacaj at Maze here in London.
- 2 shots white rum
- 3 fresh blackberries
- ¾ shot Crème de Mûre
- ½ shot sweet vermouth
- ½ shot pineapple juice
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s Aromatic bitters
- Muddle blackberries in shaker, then add other ingredients and shake well with ice. Fine strain in to a cocktail glass, garnish with more blackberries.
The Especial Day is a bit of an oddball, both fruity and aromatic at the same time, and with a complex mixture of flavours. It has a light, fruity-floral start with the vermouth and rum working well together and blending nicely with the blackberries. The finish is slightly sweet, with Peychaud’s obvious in the background. Overall an interesting cocktail, but one I couldn’t quite make my mind up about. Further tastings are in order, and perhaps experimentation with different bitters…
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