Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Little Buddy

It has been a fantastic summer and I've been taking time off, delving into new flavor combinations, and at times taking a break from cocktails altogether. Summer is drawing to a close meaning my vacation is just about over, must also be time to return to the blog!

Here's an off the cuff rum based riff on the "Old Pal" that turned out especially well. With a rum base, why not an island reference? Here's the "Little Buddy":

The Little Buddy

1 1/2 oz (45 ml) Anejo Rum
3/4 oz (22 ml) Lillet Blanc
1/2 oz (15 ml) Campari
1/4 oz (7 ml) Aperol
1-2 dashes Falernum Bitters

Stir well with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube, spray lemon twist over top and use as garnish.

If the "Old Pal"is a nice, light summer drink, then the "Little Buddy" could be a nice "dark" summer drink?

Either way, I have found it to be a wonderfully easy-to-drink apertif, and a welcome one to mix into my regular rotation of summer Negronis.