Department of Agricole Cocktail

“I like adding bitter notes to any tropical drink,” says Blank Slate owner Kierre Van De Veere of the inspiration behind this darkly sweet rhum agricole cocktail. “I used a burnt sugar simple syrup to play with the coffee notes, and falernum to add a deeper, more complex sweetness to the drink.”

1½ oz. unaged rhum agricole (Blank Slate uses Rhum J.M.)
1 oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. velvet falernum
¼ oz. cold-brew coffee
¼ oz. coffee liqueur
¼ oz. burnt sugar simple syrup
Tools: shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: coupe
Garnish: lime wheel

Shake all the ingredients together in a shaker with ice and double strain into a coupe. Garnish.

Burnt Sugar Simple Syrup: Boil 1 cup of white sugar and ½ cup of water over medium high heat stirring constantly, until caramel brown. Remove from the heat, then add ½ cup of warm water carefully, because it will steam and bubble. Stir until combined. Let cool before use. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Kierre Van De Veere, Blank Slate, Portland, OR


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