What Hump?

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What Hump?

  • 2.0 oz. Rye
  • 1.0 oz. Campari
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. sour cherry jam

Shake with ice and double strain into coupe.
Garnish with orange twist.

For the first of my Young Frankenstein cocktails I took rye from a Manhattan, Campari and an orange twist from a Negroni and part of the lime juice from a Margarita, and then combined that with my Abby Normal ingredient of sour cherry jam. Using jam and preserves is somewhat trendy (or maybe just passed the trend — truth be told, I’m not that trendy), but it isn’t something that I’ve really tried. That’s a shame since there are some great artisanal jams out there which can provide some interesting sweeteners for drinks.

For me I chose sour cherry so that the resulting drink wouldn’t be too sweet and would stay more on the tart side, which this drink certainly does, especially with all that lime juice. The sour cherries give it a nice hint of sweetness, but tart and bitter (from all that Campari) win out here. For rye, I went with the bonded Rittenhouse which holds its own against the strength of the other ingredients.

The orange twist is the hump. Feel free to put it on the right or left side. On in the middle.

3 comments

  1. Raul says:

    This was a fun read. Never thought about mixing campari and lime but I’ll have to give it a try.

    • tyard says:

      This whole theme has lead to a number of unnatural pairings, but this one is probably one of the more tame. I think if made from scratch (i.e., not borrowing parts from other cocktails) I might try a little less lime juice, but it still works for me. At the very least, I drank the whole thing down :)

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