Some days you just want to pull the covers up over your head and go back to sleep. With the days slowly getting shorter (at least in my part of the world) and the cooler weather setting in, it’s even more tempting. I’m taking cues from this adorable little fellow, another masterpiece from Japanese Karakuri Creation Group artist Yoh Kakuda.

For this modest little fellow I found a suitable libation full of warm spice and the flavors of fall. The “Modest Means” comes from Ryan Welliver, bar manager of the Cocktail Club in Charleston, South Carolina, a swanky “upscale lounge dedicated to the art of the craft cocktail”. The drink features an aged rum and a high proof bourbon, which merge so nicely in the glass. Add some cool weather citrus and top it off with a delicious vanilla cinnamon syrup, which can make just about anything taste like autumn, and you have a fall favorite you won’t want to be shy about. Next time you feel like hiding, shake up one of these, grab a good book, a down comforter, and a Do Not Disturb sign. Here’s to timid turtles, reticent reptiles, bashful birds and modest mammals everywhere. Cheers!


Modest Means by Ryan Welliver

3/4 oz El Dorado 8-year rum 3/4 oz Old Forrester Signature 100 proof bourbon 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice 1/2 oz fresh lime juice 1/2 oz cinnamon-vanilla syrup (above) 3 dashes pimento dram, such as Hamilton or St. Elizabeth Shake with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist, or lime wheel turtle.


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