Jesse Vida, BlackTail | New York City

A versatile modifier, Curaçao can pair with both dark and light spirits, but Vida prefers to pair it with the former in stirred, spirit-forward drinks, like his Alexander. Complementing PX sherry, rum and crème de banana, a double dose of orange liqueurs adds complex mid-note flavors without too much sweetness.


Serving: 1

  • 2 dashes mole bitters
  • 1/4 ounce PX sherry
  • 1/2 ounce créme de banana
  • 3/4 ounce Curaçao, preferably Mandarine Napoléon
  • 1/4 ounce Curaçao, preferably Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
  • 1/2 ounce brandy, preferably Lustau Gran Reserva
  • 1/2 ounce rum, preferably El Dorado 12 Year Old
  • 1 ounce cream float

Garnish: nutmeg

  1. Stir all ingredients except the cream in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass and pour the cream float overtop.
  3. Garnish with nutmeg.

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