Faster Than The MasterEdit Post
Contributed by on Mar 09, 2018
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When coming up with new cocktails, I usually like to start with classic drink recipes like an Old Fashioned or Daiquiri. Classics are "classic" for a reason! These old-school cocktails usually only have a few ingredients, well-balanced flavors, and make great starting points for new drink ideas.
For this concept I really wanted to make a stirred and boozy sipper that showcases Bacardi Añejo Cuatro, which is a delicious blend of tropical aged rum. This rum has hints of vanilla, clove and toasted cedar and would be a decent replacement for bourbon in a lot of the usual whiskey cocktails.
I started by making a Sazerac (a classic New Orleans cocktails) with the Bacardi Cuatro but wasn't quite satisfied. I then tried it out in a type of Hanky Panky riff by mixing the Cuatro with sweet vermouth and Fernet Branca. I ended up combining the two by making some sort of rum-based Sazerac with Fernet Branca and a coffee liqueur rinse. Yeah I'm not exactly sure how I got there either but it's definitely boozy and delicious!
- 2 oz Bacardi Añejo Cuatro
- 1/4 oz Fernet Branca
- Demerara sugar cube
- 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
- 2 dashes chocolate bitters
- Coffee liqueur rinse
How to make the Faster Than The Master cocktail:
- Add the bitters to a mixing glass, then crush and dissolve a Demerara cube in them.
- Add Bacardi Cuatro and Fernet Branca then stir with ice until chilled.
- Rinse a chilled coupe glass with coffee liqueur then discard.
- Strain into rinsed coupe then garnish with two skewered maraschino cherries.