Wednesday, July 19, 2017

El Draque (Smuggler's Cove Recipe)

Cachaça is pretty new to the American cocktail scene. It wasn't there before prohibition, so the golden age cocktailists didn't use it. Its not in a classic book like The New York Bartenders Guide circa 1997. So I went to Martin Cate's book for a good cachaça recipe. 

This cocktail is much like the South Side, which is mint and lemon juice shaken with gin and double strained. El Draque is a tribute to Francis Drake's expedition to the Americas. The cocktail is a forerunner to the Mojito (AKA Old Cuban) with cachaça instead of unaged rum. 
  • 2 oz. cachaça (Avua used)
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. demerara syrup
  • 5 mint leaves
  • lime slice
Combine all ingredients except lime slice in a shaker with ice. Shake to break up the mint and chill and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime slice speared with a cocktail pick. 

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