Planting A Good Drink -- The Drop Seed
Crops and flowers bloom when it's warm, but with the seeds timing is important. The Drop Seed cocktail blooms in liquid glory year round. I discovered the Drop Seed on the Liquor.com website.
2 ounces dark rum
.5 ounces Averna
.25 ounces allspice dram
Combine in a shaker with ice, stir with the precision of planting seeds in the right place at the right time, and strain into a chilled glass. Orange peel or amarena cherry garnish optional.
The Drop Seed is a sultry looking, complex cocktail. Despite sharing a word in its name, it bears no resemblance in color or flavor to the delightful, refreshing, and unfairly maligned Lemon Drop. The Drop Seed has a closer cocktail genetic code to the Donna Maria, which also combines dark rum and allspice dram. Allspice dram is a rum based liqueur derived from the allspice berry. It's also known as pimento dram because the allspice berry grows on the pimento tree. A word of caution -- a little goes a long way. Averna, an amaro appearing in drinks such as the Lupara and the A Thief In The Night, complements the other spirits. The original recipe calls for a very specific aged rum and uses slightly less of the other ingredients. I adapted because I already had a different dark rum in my liquor cabinet, and I really like Averna and allspice dram.
If you're going to have to reap what you sow, a Drop Seed is a great way to do it.