Arrack Attack

1 12 oz Batavia Arrack
12 oz Cynar
12 oz Ginger liqueur, Canton
12 oz Lime juice
1 ds Bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged
18 pn Salt (tiny amount)
1 sli Lime (as garnish)
Shake, strain, rocks, low ball, lime wheel
Mentioned in the Boston Globe.
From other users
  • Excellent. Through weird cocktail alchemy that I love, this almost tastes as if it has mezcal in it. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Has domaine de canton — ☆☆☆
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Mixology Monday LVI

Mixology Monday is a global cocktail party. No it's a cocktail nerd smackdown. Or a collaborative mega blog, perhaps. For April 2011, Spirited Remix hosted MxMo LVI with the theme "Your best." No pressure. Gulp. I'm to select my finest cocktail — one that I've refined and perfected. That I've made a zillion times. Gulp. Gulp.

I've refined the Arrack Attack over countless iterations, at least if you can't count beyond your thumbs. I've made this drink from for some time now, though. It elicits a warm response from the right audience. It's sweet and sour and bitter and savory and even a tiny touch salty all at once. A enthusiast's cocktail, I'd say.

Batavia Arrack von Oosten is not the most accessible member of the rum clan. It's the left-of-center slightly crazy uncle with the funky flavor you can't quite place. And Cynar, oh Cynar, that bittersweet amaro made from artichokes and magic. Together they work. Yes, there's a lot going on. Sip thoughtfully and you can tease apart the layers.

I selected this cocktail for a quarterly foodies group to which I belong. The particular event was covered by the Boston Globe, and there was a photo of me busily shaking up batches of Arrack Attacks. Our hosts prepared a rijsttafel. The Indonesian/Dutch connection of the Arrack was too good to pass up. I hope you enjoy it.