Happy National Tequila Day! As you may know, I’m not big on tequila. But I’m all for celebration and special days. I’m all for tequila and mescal, too. Last night, in prepping for this big day, I tried a cocktail new to me. The Benjamin Barker Daiquiri. Wait, you ask, doesn’t a daiquiri have rum and not tequila? C’mon, Lynn and I work hard to be sure this blog comes to you free of charge.
I’ve been really enjoying learning about and especially tasting rum drinks of late. I haven’t dressed up as a pirate yet, but there’s a treasure chest of rum drinks out there. I always feared they were syrupy sweet and icky. Turns out I was dead wrong. And the daiquiri may well be the towering drink of the rum world. If you like that drink, you’ll be as excited as I to know there are many great variations on that theme.
The Benjamin Barker Daiquiri is delicious. Like a typical daiquiri — sweet, tart, rich, refreshing — but with an added twist of bitter and surprise. It was created by Brian Miller at Death & Co. in NYC. The Campari and absinthe add the extras and you end up with an even more sophisticated drink. If you know musical theater at all, you may get the tip of the hat in the name of this drink. Benjamin Barker is one of Sweeney Todd’s names in the eponymous musical written by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim. Don’t know it? Watch the Tim Burton film of it. Or see it at San Francisco Opera this fall. Or find a production near you. Or listen to the soundtrack. Or watch the PBS version starring Angela Lansbury. And have one of these red hued cocktails when you do. You’ll be glad you did.
2 oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
1/2 oz. Campari
2 dashes Absinthe
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
garnish: 1 lime wedge
Shake all the ingredients with ice then strain into a coupe. Here at our house, we decided to have it over ice and it was super yummy. The lime wedge makes a nice garnish and aromatic introduction.
Try it out and report back. And Happy National Tequila Day! Aye Matey.