Here’s a stirred and spirit-forward cocktail that brings out the tropical, spice-driven notes of The Balvenie 14YO Caribbean Cask. The idea for the cocktail stemmed from a classic aperitif: The Bamboo. Oloroso sherry brings an oxidative, nutty funk to the cocktail. Angostura bitters seemed appropriate since it found popularity in Trinidad, one of the southernmost islands in the Caribbean. Manhattan lovers will find this cocktail a touch sweeter and more fruit-driven than the classic. It’d be the perfect finish to a Thanksgiving meal, alongside a slice of pumpkin pie. —Max Rappaport
Test Kitchen Notes
This recipe is shared in partnership with The Balvenie. —The Editors
Combine all ingredients (except the lemon) in a mixing glass. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe.
Express the oils from the lemon over the cocktail and insert the twist.
For the toasted coconut syrup:
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Evenly spread the shredded coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden brown, stirring halfway through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, add the granulated sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a simmer. Once the mixture is clear and all the sugar has dissolved, add the toasted coconut and allow to steep for 1 hour at room temperature.
Strain the shredded coconut using a fine mesh trainer. Store for up to one month in the refrigerator.