Monday, June 29, 2020

Windward Passage

On first look, this cocktail seems a little like a variation on the Tradewinds that includes Slivovitz. It really is its own thing, however; especially when you consider it being served up with pineapple juice, kirsch, and creme de cassis.  The Windward Passage, nevertheless, is a well balanced tropical drink that deserves more attention.

First, it's balance: there's not a lot of sugar here, and grapefruit juice takes it in a tart direction. Yet you can count on the small proportion of creme de cassis and the outsized gob of pineapple juice to soften the acidity and alcohol presence. That again is helped by the kirsch, which really makes it easier to taste the alcohol through the large juice components.

Then, there's the look--foamy pink without using an egg white or grenadine. You can get away with using that pale canned grapefruit juice here if you like and it will still look nice. (I almost always use fresh squeezed so I can garnish with a slice of grapefruit.)
  • 1 1/2 oz. light rum (Vitae platinum used)
  • 2 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp. kirsch (Kammer Kirsch used)
  • 1 tsp. creme de cassis (G.E, Massenez used)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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