MAXIMUS DECIMUS MERIDIUS

Inspired by Max Diaz's bar. The Commander of the Armies of the North and General of the Felix Legions has an excellent collection.


For the drink:

1 3/4 oz Barceló imperial rum or similar Dominican rum

1/4 oz Laphroaig 10 year old

3/4 oz Simple syrup

3/4 oz Lime juice OR 1/2 oz lime juice and 1/4 oz grapefruit juice


For the garnish:

Lime peel


Glassware:

Coupe


Combine the drink components in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until the drink is cold. Double strain the drink through both a Hawthorne and small mesh filter into your coupe glass. Garnish with your lime peel.


Max sent me a picture of his liquor collection and posed a challenge to make him a drink. I thought this would be a good riff on a classic daiquiri. The smoky peat of the Laphroaig adds depth to the cocktail that wouldn't be there if I only used rum. There are two variations listed above. The first iteration is just lime juice which provides a more tart flavor profile. The second iteration that combines lime and grapefruit juice has a more complex citrus profile. Send me a picture of your liquor cabinet if you want me to create something original.


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