MxMo: Sunbreak

It’s Mixology Monday time again! This month’s theme comes from Frederic over at Cocktail Virgin Slut. The theme this month is Flip Flop. Which according to Frederic:

Find a recipe, either new or old, and switch around at least two of the ingredients to sister or cousin ingredients but holding the proportions and some of the ingredients the same.

For our entry we decided to go with tiki cause who doesn’t like tiki drinks. Also it gives us much more scope for swapping around ingredients. Our base drink is the Fog Cutter.

  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
  • 2 oz light Puerto Rican rum
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1/2 oz gin

Shake with ice cubes. Pour unstrained into a Fog Cutter mug. If necessary, add more ice to fill mug.

Float on top:

  • 1/2 oz cream sherry

For our version we give you the Sunbreak, not that drinking a number of these will clear up anything. But they’ll make you not care that it’s raining. 😀

We subbed rye for the rum to bring the aged spirit profile a little more to the fore. We used the Angel’s Envy rye for it’s sweet rum-like notes (it is aged in rum barrels), and recommend a sweeter rye for this drink. Then we used aquavit rather than gin, to keep a slight herbal character to the drink but move it in a more savory direction to counterbalance the sweetness from the rye. Finally, we switched out orange juice for tangerine juice, to add a little more tropical flavor as well as some additional acidity to cut the orgeat and sherry.

  • sunbreak-final2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz tangerine juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
  • 2 oz rye
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1/2 oz aquavit

Shake with ice cubes. Pour unstrained into a Fog Cutter mug. If necessary, add more ice to fill mug.

Float on top:

  • 1/2 oz cream sherry (This doesn’t actually float 😉 We ended up stirring it in)
  • Nose: Brown sugar, lemon, tangerine, fainter notes of caraway, dill, almond.
  • Palate: Tangerine and aquavit (dill, anise) on the front. Almond, brown sugar, barrel notes from the rye on the mid-palate followed by a cooked orange flavor, like marmalade. More tangerine on the finish followed by a nice little bite from the lemon that keeps it from being too sweet. There’s a lot going on with this drink but it’s very nicely integrated and well-balanced on the sour and sweet.

We’ve enjoyed having Mixology Monday come around once again, giving us an excuse to invent something new and tasty. We hope you have as well!

Update: Check out this month’s great submissions.

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One Response to MxMo: Sunbreak

  1. Thank you for playing along! I’ve added you to the wrap up post that should be out once all the cats are herded!

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