Friday, January 18, 2013

Klaus (The Soused Gnome) & Denizen Rum

By Warren Bobrow

Klaus, the Soused Gnome from the Beekman 1802 website, attended Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans last year. Tales of the Cocktail is a yearly cocktailian event run by Ann Tuennerman and her husband Paul, along with a veritable army of volunteers, interns and enthusiastic supporters. Klaus made quite a splash down at Tales with all his eating, drinking and running around - getting inebriated at almost every opportunity. He was a popular little guy at many of the events including all the tasting rooms. Klaus had quite a following. Everyone wanted to buy him drinks. It was said that Klaus had his own media badge!

He certainly has quite a few admirers.

Klaus was especially fond of Denizen Rum at Tales and he drank his fill as well as the remainder of many others' glasses. Rum-based cocktails somehow work better in the brutally hot weather of New Orleans. A combination of fresh herbs (especially mint and basil) mixed with fresh fruit juices and Denizen Rum makes for a mind-eraser of a most pleasant kind.

Tasting notes of Denizen Rum:
Notes of white flowers and aromatic tropical fruits give way to a soft, almost cream-like mouth-feel. Denizen is quite full bodied and can stand alone in a snifter (elegant!) or can be mixed with a plethora of citrus fruit juices. Reminiscent in the nose of Rhum Agricole (sugar cane rum from Martinique), mixability runs the gamut from punches to hot toddy cocktails like the infamous Denizen Hot Buttered Rum that Klaus loves in the wintertime. Denizen is a good introduction to the style named "white" rum that doesn't taste anything at all like the numerous (read: flavorless) white rums that form this rapidly expanding marketplace.

The You Rascal You is named for New Orleans' own Louis Armstrong. It is based on a classic New Orleans cocktail named the Hurricane but without the horrible end results in the morning.

You Rascal You
This recipe makes two nice strong cocktails.

Ingredients:
• 2 oz. Denizen Rum
• Juice of 2 limes
• Juice of 1 orange
The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Bitters
• Simple Syrup
• Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
• Fresh Mint
• Fresh Basil

Preparation:
1. In a Boston shaker, fill ¾ with ice.
2. Add the Denizen Rum.
3. Add the fruit juices, a sprig of fresh mint and a sprig of basil.
4. Add 2 Tablespoons of Simple Syrup.
5. Add 4 Drops of the Jerry Thomas Bitters.
6. Shake hard for 20 seconds and strain into a tall cocktail glass with ice.
7. Finish with the Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and a chunk of lime.
8. Garnish with a sprig of both fresh mint and basil. 

Denizen is very sophisticated white rum and shows your excellent taste when you purchase, then share with your guests a few bottles from DrinkUpNY. Of course when you order a bottle (or more) of Denizen you are not following the crowds who may only see the word rum and connect it with the veritable plethora of flavorless rums from around the globe. Try a bottle when you concoct your favorite cocktail and see.

Klaus is right… Denizen will add enlightenment and charm to your cocktail bar. 

Cheers from DrinkUpNY!

Article by Warren Bobrow, a nationally published food and spirits columnist who writes for Williams-Sonoma, Foodista and the Beekman Boys.

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