When making drinks at home, experimentation is a mostly slow and deliberate process. Usually I'll start with an established recipe and build, substituting spirits or tweaking flavors until the drink has become something entirely. Spontaneity is left for when a great bartender can be responsible for the challenge of bringing an idea to fruition within minutes.
While making drinks for some friends tonight, I was given my first challenge when a friend requested a something with the bottle of Domaine de Canton sitting on my shelf. Now I haven't had much time to play with the spirit since picking it up last month, and for a second I just stood there looking flustered. Eventually my gaze drifted to the orange that was out for a previously made Old Fashioned and some serendipitous decisions were made.
The Domaine de Canton was paired with a fresh squeeze of orange juice, while Sailor Jerry provided a spicy base and vanilla note that complemented both the citrus and the ginger. A dash of Regan's orange bitters finished everything off. I might want to experiment with the choice of bitters, but overall I was quite pleased how everything came together.
1.5 oz Sailor Jerry spiced rum
1.0 oz orange juice
0.75 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1 dash Regan's orange bitters
The drink was christened a "Feshbach Resonance" to honor the friend who brought the initial challenge. I think some of my compatriots may be less than pleased in my resorting to physics for a name, but sometimes it just has to happen. Sometimes, in fact, you have a scientific name so good that a drink must be designed around it. At least I have a little time to work with that challenge.