The Defend Arrack


Before heading to work the other day, I was reading through Rogue and Beta Cocktails, looking for some improvements to my “Whiskey, Spirituous” game, and glanced at The Defend Arrack by Maksym Pazuniak. Looked cool, but whenever am I going to get a chance to make a, “Batavia Arrack, Bartender’s Choice”?

But then a bartender type came in Monday night, relatively new to the game, and asked if he could try Batavia Arrack, “…and maybe could I make him a cocktail?”

What sort of bizarre coincidence is this?

Well, then!

The Defend Arrack

1 1/2 oz Batavia Arrack
3/4 oz Marie Brizard Apry
3/4 oz lime Juice
1/8 oz St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
Orange twist (garnish)

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the oil from one orange twist onto the surface of the drink and discard.

“Batavia Arrack is a challenging spirit. Funky and pungent, this doesn’t mix easily. When encountering an animal like this, I like to turn to Apry, a magic liqueur that has an uncanny ability to reign in and blend disparate flavors. /Maks”

Note, Apry has been a bit thin on the ground in California recently, so I used the Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur. I found I needed to up the amount slightly, as it is not quite as assertive as the Apry is. Nothing near an ounce, but a generous 3/4 oz. Your Mileage May Vary.

Do give that a nice vigorous shake, as well.

I believe you will be surprised how, as the nouveau bartender put it, “more-ish” this seemingly unlikely combination proves to be.

8 thoughts on “The Defend Arrack

  1. Ah! There’s no replacement for the Apry and it’s distinctive marzipan/apricot kernel notes. As nice a product as it is, the R&W just doesn’t do the same thing when you mix with it. I use the Apry in my Millionaire #4 and it’s heavenly.

    • Can’t I just add Almond Extract, Red Food Coloring, and some extra High Fructose Corn Syrup to the Rothman & Winter and get a Brizard Apry equivalent?

      • Not to get defensive but do you have proof of this? Brizard’s marketing stresses fresh fruit and cognac for this product. And everyone monkey’s with their products’ coloration.

        • I have a dream that one day all products manufactured for human and animal consumption will be required to both list their ingredients and pass FDA inspection.

          Until such time as this comes to pass, I will generally believe that manufacturers will do whatever they can get away with to decrease their costs, supplement the taste, increase the visual appeal, and extend shelf stability of their products.

  2. I finally got to this just now and it’s very nice indeed. I confess I used Apry though I managed to find a Haus Alpenz lime. ;-)

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