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Old 07-28-2008, 07:23 PM   #45
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I think mostly Batavia Arrack has just not been available for bartenders to play with long enough for them to get a handle on its uses.

It's not unmixable, but it takes some getting used to.

It's easier to approach it as an accent in a cocktail, using it similarly to a dash of bitters or strongly flavored liqueur.

Make a nice, old fashioned grog, and add a 1/4 ounce of Batavia Arrack.

I've never had Okolehau, but sometimes think Batavia Arrack is to Rum as Mezcal is to Tequila. If you just make a Mezcal Margarita, it's going to be pretty undrinkable. On the other hand, a dash of Mezcal in a Tequila Margarita is pretty interesting.

~Erik
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