By Carolyn Walkup
The artisanal movement that has exploded on the culinary side has expanded to after-dinner drinks. As bartenders have become more savvy and creative in cocktail making, cordials and liqueurs have seen a tremendous growth, according to some operators.
1 ½ oz. Caliche rum
½ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Pomegranate juice (Pom Brand recommended)
½ oz. Combier orange liqueur (or any other fine triple sec)
1 dash of agave nectar (optional)
3 Sprigs of fresh thyme
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously until well chilled, serve in a chilled cocktail coupe, garnish with a thyme sprig.
The mixoligists at Caliche created this drink.
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