Delirious Imbibers Drink Of the Week
The Artichoke Hold Cocktail is this weeks home work for the Delirious Bitter Imbibers cocktail society. Will submitted this one, it’s a tiki, however in a really interesting way. We found the Artichoke Hold interesting because it leverages Cynar, an Italian artichoke based Amaro. We typically find Amaro’s are not common in tiki cocktails, there are a few, most notably the Jungle Bird, and Mango Bird. Because of the rarity of Italian Amaro’s in the style, using a bitter sweet artichoke based Amaro is really fun and unique. In addition, it uses Orgeat, if you don’t have any make some, you will find the recipe is here Tiki Potions & Elixirs | Secret of Tiki Cocktails |. Amazon sells some great orgeat too.
Here Are the Basic Cocktail Deets
Cocktail: Artichoke Hold
Source: Beachbum Barry’s Total Tiki App
Creator: Jeremy Oertel at Brooklyn’s “Donna”
Ingredients: Smith and Cross Rum, Cynar, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Lime Juice, Orgeat
Artichoke Hold Tasting Notes and Feedback
Overall we recommend this highly and the best mix was the Denizen Merchant’s Reserve 8 Year Rum a blend of Martinique Rhum and Jamaican Rum. We found the Artichoke Hold was a hit. The overall cocktail is slightly bitter from the Cynar, but still lightly sweet. Remarkably the orgeat in the Artichoke hold is not overpowering, it is neatly in the back of the drink. This is a great cocktail.
“I had a really bad day I’m looking forward to this. Made the first one with Smith & Cross Navy Strength Jamaican rum, I need something strong. Although my pics may look like something out of a magazine you find in the bathroom at a 7-11 my drinks are solid! Very layered cocktail, I’m liking it. Amaro and tiki, great combo. For the second I used Denizen Merchant’s Reserve 8 Year Rum. This is fine, fine, love it.”
“That’s a hell of a cocktail, love it. I went with Zaya, which is a great Trinidad rum. I gonna make another of this weekend for sure!”
“It is super approachable. For the first one I used Appleton Signature, I wanted that Jamaican hogo, you know some funk. Due to poor planning I could not find the Smith & Cross in time. The overall cocktail is slightly bitter from the Cynar, but still lightly sweet. Remarkably the orgeat in the Artichoke hold is not overpowering, it is neatly in the back of the drink. This is a great cocktail.”
“For my second I used Denizen Merchant’s Reserve 8 Year Rum. It was, dare I say even better, I really enjoyed this version, much more than the Appleton Signature. For the third, don’t judge, I used Clement VSOP Rhum from Martinique. Also outstanding, but Clement is so subtle more of vegetal flavor of the Cynar came through, and over all the cocktail was creamier. I see why the Denizen is so good it has the funk of Jamaica and the softness of the Martinique”
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We found the Artichoke Hold interesting because it is a tiki cocktail that leverages Cynar, an Italian artichoke based amaro.
- 3/4 oz Smith and Cross Rum
- 3/4 oz Cynar Amaro
- 3/4 oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 3/4 oz Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Orgeat
Shake all with ice.
Strain into a short glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.