Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tiger Eye Martini

In case you've never heard of it, cachaça is one of the most popular spirits in South America. Like rum, it's fermented from sugar cane, but with the pure cane juice instead of the molasses sugar byproduct. This yields a liquor that's not as sweet and tastes more pure than even light rum.

This cocktail adds to that basic flavor with some pretty unique additives. I tried three or four renditions of the cachaça with amaretto and finally settled on the bacon-infused vodka as the best partner as it didn't add any sweetness. The result is a very nice concoction that's a beautiful golden color. Adding the Kahlua gives the drink it's signature look and compliments it well at the end. Sometimes the strangest of mixes yields surprisingly good results!
  • 3 oz Cachaça
  • 1 oz Bakon Vodka
  • 1 oz Disaronno
  • Splash of Kahlua
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Shake the first three ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats. Strain into the glass. Drizzle Kahlua into the center of the drink to form the "eye" in the bottom of the glass. Sprinkle with a few drops of Angostura.