For the second consecutive year, Cask & Larder’s Mike Bass has created a cocktail that is garnering international attention. Based on the tasty merits of his “Majority Rules” concoction, Mike recently received a highly coveted invitation to go head-to-head with 15 of the Southeast’s top bartenders in the regional finals of the United States Bartenders Guild World Class 2014.
Here’s the recipe for the cocktail that punched his ticket to the prestigious competition in Atlanta on May 4:
1.0 oz Ron Zacapa 23
1.0 oz Graham’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port
1.0 oz Dry Sack Medium Sherry
.25 oz Honey Simple Syrup
3-4 drops Bitterman’s Mole Xocolatl Bitters
Combine all ingredients, except absinthe, in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir 10-12 seconds.
From an atomizer or Misto sprayer, flame absinthe into a snifter and extinguish flame by straining mixed contents into the glass. Garnish with a zest of orange.