101 Best New Cocktails: Old Buccaneer by Ivan Di Giovanni, The Walrus Room, London, England, UK

by Gaz Regan · Friday, February 26th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Old Buccaneer

Ivan Di Giovanni, The Walrus Room, London, England, UK

“The idea of this drink came to me thanks to my father. He does, indeed, look like a pirate and, because of his look and his love for anisette I have decided to blend together Jamaican rum with Absinthe.

“I have chosen Jamaican rum for its richness and aroma. I find them full and pungent and slightly sweeter than other rums.

“I have also chosen Jamaican rum for the location of the island itself in the heart of the Caribbean Sea from where the term ‘buccaneer’ came from. In facts, Buccaneers were pirates that used to attack Spanish ships in the heart of the Caribbean Sea.

“I love this drink!” Ivan Di Giovanni

Old Buccaneer50 ml (1.7 oz) Jamaican rum

10 ml (.33 oz) Absinthe

20 ml (.66 oz) fresh lime juice

10 ml (.33 oz) simple syrup

3 dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Orinoco bitters

1 mint sprig, as garnish

Grated dark chocolate, as garnish

Shake over ice and fine-strain into a rocks glass over an ice block. Add the garnishes.

gaz sez: I love this drink, too, Ivan, and I chose to include it in this batch of 101BNC because of the fine job you did in balancing the ingredients—the Absinthe is evident, but not overpowering, and the Orinoco bitters pull the whole thing together pretty elegantly. Yo Ho Ho!


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