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This drink benefits from being very cold, so I would recommend using the technique described in Cocktail Chill – A Scientific Experiment.
- 1oz gold Puerto Rican rum
- 1oz gin
- 1oz apricot brandy
- 1tsp cherry brandy
- 1tsp pineapple juice
Stir with crushed ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
From: The Gentleman’s Companion Volume II: The Exotic Drinking Book, Charles H. Baker Jr.
The aroma of apricot and rum is met with a sweet blast as you sip. The ingredients combine in a way that results in a new flavor, having hints of each of the ingredients, but coming together as something new and interesting. You’re left with a dry finish, mostly coming from a combination of the gin and pineapple juice. There is a version of this cocktail in the Cocktail Database, but I find it a bit too sweet for an already sweet cocktail.
My guess is that everyone will not like this cocktail; it is a tad strange, but I think you may come to appreciate how uncommonness of such a conglomeration of ingredients. Let me know what you think of it.