Limit OneThis Mixology Monday’s theme was Limit One over at Kaiser Penguin, cocktails so large that to have two would be excess. On Saturday night causabon and I met to have a drink, and go over what we would post about. We were models of Shandian restraint. Now that the fog has lifted, lets have a look at the damage, shall we?

1. Ankle Breaker (double)

2 Oz Lemon Juice
1 Oz Simple Syrup
2 Oz Cherry Heering
2 Oz Cruzan 151 Proof Rum

Mix and pour over crushed ice in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

causabon: I insisted that since we both had two ankles we needed to make this drink a double instead of just the standard recipe found in Intoxica. As a result it was fairly large and quite strong. Once the ice in the drink melted down enough to cut syrup like consistency of the Heering, though, the drink was pretty solid. Ian suggests letting it sit for a few minutes after pouring it into the glass, but it might even be worth just giving it a good solid shake. The cherry and lemon flavors combine in a complex way that I hadn’t expected and the Cruzan 151 (which I am actually very fond of – it’s significantly better than Bacardi 151) provides a nice spicy foundation. I would definitely drink this again, especially once it gets warm. I can’t help but think, though, that it would do well with a more interesting garnish than just a cherry – perhaps a pineapple wedge or a lime slice?

Ian: I’ve never seen this happen before, but I feel that once you finish mixing the drink, you should set it aside for at least two more minutes and give it one last stir before drinking. This may be due to the amount of ice we could fit in the glass when we made a double. In fact, it probably was. Still, it was a good drink once it diluted a bit. To me, the cherry comes on a little too strong even near the end. Could a quarter ounce less Heering be the answer to both the syrupy texture and cherry dominance? As you can see, our livers weren’t going to be able to handle a second try.

2. Zombie Punch (1934, Sippin’ Safari version)

3/4 Oz Lime Juice
1/2 Oz Don’s Mix*
1/2 Oz Falernum
1 1/2 Oz Appleton V/X
1 1/2 Oz Cruzan Dark Rum
1 Oz Lemon Hart 151 Demerara Rum
1 Dash Angostura
6 Drops Herbsaint
1 Tsp Grenadine

Blend for five seconds with 6 Oz crushed ice, pour into tall glass and fill with ice cubes. Garnish with a mint sprig.
*(2 Parts Grapefruit Juice to 1 Part Cinnamon Syrup)

causabon: This was the winner of the evening. It is almost impossible to distinguish any of the ingredients in the drink they merge so completely into a new flavor. It also manages to change flavor throughout the drinking (which is nice given its size). It’s hard to say much more about this drink than that it is magnificent.

Ian: causabon is right. There is little that can be said about this drink that has not been said already. It’s is a classic for a reason. My girlfriend hates cinnamon, though I still cannot understand why. She loved this drink, despite the cinnamon. Its quality simply cannot be ignored.

3. Zombie (1956, Sippin’ Safari version)

3/4 Oz Lime Juice
1/2 Oz Grapefruit Juice
1 1/2 Oz Pineapple Juice
1/4 Oz Falernum
1 1/4 Oz Cruzan Dark Rum
1 Oz Myer’s Dark Rum
1 Oz Lemon Hart 151 Demerara Rum
3/4 Oz Maraschino
1/4 Tsp Grenadine
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
6 Drops Herbsaint

Blend for five seconds with 6 Oz crushed ice, pour into tall glass and fill with ice cubes. Garnish with a mint sprig.

causabon: At the time I wasn’t sure if I preferred this version to the above one or not. The Maraschino makes it richer and smoother, though less spicy than the other one. Looking back on both of them I think I prefer the other version though – it’s just more exciting in general.

Ian: Again I agree with causabon. While the later version is excellent, the earlier one is scrappier. It’s ready to get in there and mix it up, cause a little havoc, break a few hearts. This version is almost too sophisticated. I loved them both, but the first one had the edge of danger.

The notes get sketchy at that point in the evening. Part two will reveal what further abuses were heaped on our poor livers.