32 Degrees

1 1/2 oz Dark Rum 3/4 oz Amaro Montenegro
3/4 oz Aquavit Barspoon Absinthe

Rinse a rocks glass with the absinthe, then discard. Combine remaining ingredients in the rocks glass, stir to combine. This is a room temperature cocktail that doesn’t require ice.


My first Mixology Monday is the reason for this early week post, and the theme is “Brace Yourself”.  Playing host is the good doctor at Doc Elliot’s Mixology.  As he put it, “the challenge is to create a cocktail that will buttress oneself for Winter’s outdoor adventures.” This proved to be especially prescient as the entire eastern seaboard was blanketed by winter storm Jonas this weekend (amazingly, here in Boston, we only ended up with a few inches), so these cocktails will no doubt come in handy.I was very excited to finally participate in my first MxMo.  After reading about the theme, my mind jumped immediately to the Scaffa.  These are drinks prepared and served without any ice.  No ice means less dilution, which means more bite to help steel one’s resolve against the winter elements.  I never attempted one before, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I chose Plantation Original dark rum as the base.  It’s aged in old bourbon barrels which gives it a nice warmth and mild sweetness that I thought fit the theme well.  To give it some teeth, I reached for the newest amaro in my bar, Amaro Montenegro.  There is a faint hint of anise on the nose, so I thought the addition of aquavit and an absinthe rinse would kick that up a bit more.

The drink greets you with the aforementioned anise aroma up front, with some of the caramel sweetness from the rum lingering in the background.  The sip is very warm, with a nice body thanks to the rum. The warmth works on you from the inside out, and the Montenegro helps everything finish up dry and crisp.  This cocktail can be the perfect send off before venturing out into the snow drifts, or can serve as a warm welcoming party after shedding the numerous layers necessary to face the winter air.

Can’t wait to see what the next Mixology Monday has in store for us.

Side note: The name is not only the freezing point of water, it’s also a reference to the fact that I have scoliosis. When it was first diagnosed, my spine had a curvature of 32 degrees. I wore a brace through much of high school, so I couldn’t resist the double meaning for me of the “Brace Yourself” theme.

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