101 Best New Cocktails: Midnight’s Bass Drop by Rick Tose, Rolador, Newcastle NSW, Australia

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, February 24th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2012

Midnight’s Bass Drop

Adapted from a recipe by Rick Tose, Rolador, Newcastle NSW, Australia.

“This drink can either be stirred down or blazed, which is pretty cool. If it was blazed I’d usually scorch 3 coffee beans and set them in a vintage tea strainer over the top of the balloon to mingle with the burnt orange aromas of the drink. The garnish is a little less practical with the stirred down version, so I use a burnt orange zest, but this is my preferred one to drink as the dilution and chill takes the syrupy edge off the liqueurs…” Rick Tose.

50 ml (1.65 oz) Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Year Old

15 ml (.5 oz) Cointreau

15 ml (.5 oz) Licor 43

2 hefty dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged bitters

1 orange twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Flame the twist over the drink, then add as garnish.

gaz sez: I just love the way the Licor 43 comes together with the Zacapa in this drink. I never got around to trying the hot version, but I do like Rick’s idea about straining it over scorched coffee beans. This is a versatile little drink if ever there was one.

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