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Raise a Glass to Fall With This Delicious Nobel Prizefighter

With summer growing smaller in the rear-view mirror and fall approaching fast, it's safe to say the seasons are officially changing -- and so are our cocktail cravings. So it's understandable why we were so enthralled when we found this recipe for the Nobel Prizefighter, an ideal drink to sip while the seasons shift. It's the perfect balance of summery and autumnal flavors: bright citrus and rhum agricole evoke traditional Caribbean tastes and warm weather, while bay leaves and celery bitters create a woodsy, savory effect that reminds us to layer up before heading outdoors. The preparation is a bit more involved, but hey, vacation is over! Quit slacking off and roll up your sleeves -- it's time to infuse some booze. 

Nobel Prizefighter

  • 2 ounces bay leaf­-infused rhum agricole (3-4 bay leaves, 2 ounces rhum agricole)
  • 1 ounce lime juice, clarified (agar agar, 2 ounces lime juice)
  • ½ ounce green Chartreuse
  • ½ ounce bay leaf simple syrup (20-25 bay leaves, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar)
  • 3-4 dashes celery bitters
  • Lime and/or fresh bay leaves, for garnish 
  • Clarify lime juice: ​In a small pot, combine 2 ounces of fresh lime juice and ¼ teaspoon agar agar, heating until the latter is dissolved. Simmer for a few more seconds, then add the mixture to 8 ounces of fresh lime juice. Stir thoroughly, and refrigerate for approximately 3 hours or until the ­­mixture has begun to separate. Strain using a paper towel­-lined mesh strainer or a coffee filter.
  • Bay Leaf Simple Syrup:​ Bring 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, and about 20­-25 fresh bay leaves to a simmer. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for approximately 1 hour. Strain and discard solids.
  • Bay Leaf Infusion: Coarsely chop 3­-4 fresh bay leaves and mix with 2 ounces rhum agricole. Steep for 40 minutes to 1 hour and strain.
  • To Make Cocktail:​ In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine rhum agricole, lime juice, green Chartreuse, syrup, and 3-4 dashes of celery bitters. If you're using clarified lime juice and prefer that the drink appear clear when served, stir the cocktail. If you'd like to take the traditional route and use regular lime juice, shake the cocktail instead. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish as desired.
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