In this cocktail from Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cover in San Francisco, pot-still Jamaican rum, redolent of ripe banana, makes a natural combination with banana liqueur. Cinnamon syrup gives the drink a spicy depth.
An elegant nose-to-tail rabbit dish from Matthew Accarrino, chef of SPQR in San Francisco. A whole boned-out rabbit is stuffed with the meat from the legs, wrapped in cabbage leaves and speck (smoked prosciutto), and roasted, while the bones are used to make a jus.
Throughout the Caribbean, rum punches flecked with nutmeg have been served steadily since the colonial era. This one uses Smith & Cross navy strength rum, "a bright and funky rum," Boelte said, "that pairs well with the flavor of the nutmeg." "Navy strength" means 57% alcohol, the proof stipulated by the British Royal Navy in the days when sailors were given a daily ration of rum. Boelte borrowed this classic Jamaican punch recipe from Erik Adkins, the bar manager at San Francisco's Heaven's Dog and Slanted Door restaurants.
Read the article on how Damon Boelte, bar director at Prime Meats, New York, uses nutmeg:Nutmeg Cocktails for the Holidays
We profiled Charles Phan and his San Francisco restaurant, the Slanted Door, in our April 2009 issue. The Wednesday Chef blog decided to adapt one of his most popular dishes for home cooks. Continue...