Since I stocked up on Bergamot Oranges a few weeks back, I've been experimenting with them in cocktails quite a bit. As I mentioned in this previous post, Bergamot has a more assertive flavor than lemon or lime, because of its particularly fragrant essential oils, as well as the slightly spicy, peppery notes that is has.
Because of that assertive and distinctive flavor profile, I thought it would be fun to try it out in a tiki style drink to see what might happen when its mixed with some more complex and deep flavors. I opted for a rum, sherry, and Cognac combo, sweetened up by a little Cointreau and grenadine.
It turned out even better than I expected. Having all that crushed ice, to really help the flavors meld and dilute the intensity of the bitter orange Bergamot was a good choice. I added a bit of grated nutmeg on top, just to bring out some of those complex spice notes in both the rum and the Bergamot itself. And of course I had to garnish it with a pretty flower. The white orchid garnish is what prompted the name of this drink. It's a bit of a nod to a great Beck song and to Mary-Louise Parker's character on Weeds.
¿Que Onda, Blanca?
- 1 oz Cognac (I used Pierre Ferrand 1840)
- 1 oz Aged Rum (I used Flor de Cana 7)
- 1/2 oz Bergamot Orange Juice
- 1/2 oz Oloroso Sherry
- 1/2 oz Cointreau
- 1/2 oz Grenadine
Instructions: Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a white orchid.