Devil's Cat

Chad Arnholt had an epiphany when he added gin to the usual rum in a daiquiri. "It was like, 'Whoa! Gin and rum love each other!'" For this tiki-style drink, he suggests a fruit-forward gin like Tanqueray Malacca--"It's very tropical, like a pineapple bomb." His other revelation when making Devil's Cat: "When you combine funky rum flavors with amaro and a tiny bit of spiciness, it tastes a little like jerk chicken."?

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Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
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  • Servings: Makes 1
  • Time(Other): plus steeping the syrup

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Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Tanqueray Malacca gin or Old Tom gin
  • 3/4 ounce Raspberry Syrup (see Notes) or Small Hand Foods raspberry gum syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Batavia-Arrack van Oosten (spicy, citrusy, rum-like spirit)
  • 1/2 ounce Amaro Lucano
  • Small pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Ice cubes, plus crushed ice for serving
  • 1 mint sprig, for garnish
  • 3 raspberries, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, Raspberry Syrup, lime juice, Batavia-Arrack, amaro and cayenne pepper. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake well. Strain into a chilled, crushed-ice-filled tiki mug or tall glass. Garnish with the mint sprig and raspberries.

Notes

Raspberry Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine 4 ounces water with 3/4 cup superfine sugar and 1 1/2 cups raspberries. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes, smashing the raspberries. Remove from the heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the syrup into a jar, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Makes about 8 ounces.

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