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•Cherry Valance
Hugh Reynolds helps make your winter cheery.
Named after a character in The Outsiders, this drink turns the flavors of chocolate and cherry into something with bite. The citrus and dark fruit notes of the Pyrat XO Reserve Rum blend well with the Cherry Heering, a Danish liqueur. Two types of bitters add complexity: The Fee Brothers is straight up chocolate and coffee notes, and the mole bitters add spiciness. I’m experimenting with aging it in single-malt whiskey barrels. After 50 days, it develops notes of vanilla and smoke, and the bite of the alcohol is mellowed so much that you hardly notice there’s so much rum in it. Hugh Reynolds is the bar manager at Temple Bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
2 ounces Pyrat XO Reserve Rum
1 ounce Cherry Heering Liqueur
2 strong dashes of Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Cocktail Bitters
1-2 drops of Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters
Luxardo maraschino cherry
1. Stir all ingredients in an ice-filled rocks glass.
2. Garnish with a cherry or an orange twist.

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