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Caribbean Stinger

Junior Merino, The Liquid Chef

Merino taps into his heritage with this cocktail. “My family makes a Ponche Navideno (Christmas Punch) which usually consists of rum, spices, Mexican local fruits such as nanches, tejocotes, cana and Mexican canela as well as panela (jaggery sugar) and juices,” he said. The mixture, which is left to macerate overnight, can also be made with tequila. In Merino’s take on the traditional punch, the bitterness of the beer contrasts with the complex notes of honey.

1 1/2 oz Chairman's Reserve Rum
3/4 oz buckwheat honey
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz fresh pink grapefruit juice
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1 1/2 oz Poter Beer

Put all the ingredients, except the beer, in a shaker. The beer needs to be poured directly into a tall glass. Then add ice to the shaker, shake and pour into the glass. Merino suggests you rim the glass with his pasilla-cinnamon salt.

Photo: Peter Pioppo