1/2 oz Falernum (Velvet)
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Amer Picon (Torani Amer)
2 dash Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Sundays ago for National Rum Day, I thought about how falernum can almost sub for a vermouth in some drinks like the 5th Amendment, and I decided to cross the Corn’n’Oil with the Creole Cocktail. For a name, I dubbed this one after the Bajan Creole phrase of “Don’t take a six for a nine” meaning not to misjudge a person’s true intentions.
The A Six for a Nine began with a bright orange oil aroma with darker undertones. Next, a caramel-driven sip flipped into a rum, dark orange, minty chocolate, and clove swallow.