Back to New Orleans, where cocktails seem to be bursting from the seams. While Michael is carousing in Vegas, this week's Friday Cocktail Hour is a guest post from Bellocq's sister saloon Cure (@cureNOLA), which is also located in New Orleans. Cure is yet another creation of the cocktail minds of Kirk Estopinal and Neal Bodenheimer. It was inspired by the historical period when cocktails grew out of medicine and home remedies. Their concept is to have their guests step a bit into the past while they have a libation and a quick nibble that are both healthful and enjoyable. With the fall arriving, Neal Bodenheimer wanted to share with us his creation, For Whom the Sun Rises, which is a twist on the Hemingway Daiquiri.—EJ
By Neal Bodenheimer
For Whom the Sun Rises started out as a thought experiment about turning classic cocktail formats on their head. The first part of the idea was based on the interaction of grapefruit, bitter, and salt. I started thinking about classic cocktail formats that would work with this flavor concept and how to interpret a very classic format from a different perspective. Normally you would flip out a few minor ingredients for some other more obscure ingredients, and the flavor of the classic drink would be mostly intact. However, the idea for this drink was to swap the base of this cocktail out for another completely unrelated base. For example, normally the logic would be to swap the white rum out for another base spirit like gin, but here the idea was to use a modifier as a base, so I chose Varnelli Amaro Sibilla. Sibilla is deeply bitter and powerful, so the idea of using 1.5 ounces of it seemed far-fetched for a cocktail intended for our everyday cocktail list. [Sibilla is an Italian liqueur in the Amaro category, so it is bitter, like Cynar.]
The general ideas of For Whom the Sun Rises:
- Hemingway Daiquiri classic format.
- Grapefruit, bitter, salt flavor combination.
- Base of the drink swapped out to something that at first glance would seem poorly chosen.
- Salt to counteract the bitterness of the base and let the herbal notes come to life in the drink.
Result: materially a Hemingway Daiquiri, but also a far different experience that drinks juicy and low-proof with a far more bitter yet pleasing finish. Italian aperitif in flavor, Cuban Classic in format.
For Whom the Sun Rises
by Neal Bodenheimer
- 1.5 ounces Varnelli Amaro Sibilla
- 0.75 ounce grapefruit juice
- 0.25 ounce lime juice
- 0.25 ounce Maraska Maraschino (cherry brandy)
- 0.25 ounce simple syrup
- 5 drops salt solution (3 parts kosher salt to 1 part water)
- Grapefruit peel (placed in the shaker)
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and shake hard 15 times to aerate.
- Double-strain into a chilled coupe.
Other links you may like:
- Other cocktail posts that feature different drinks are the Ludwig, Old Infatuation, and the Cobbler.
- Learn more about Amaro Sibilla and Maraschino.
- Next time in NOLA, check out the annual Tales of the Cocktail festival.
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