Since the weekend I have been encouraged to work with the Daisy cocktail. I had the Venezuelan Rum on Friday, the experimentation with the Daisy cocktail on Sat and Sun and then again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tonight, Thursday, I had the Venezuelan Rum on ice. Monday I had Tequila on ice. What is interesting is that on Tuesday and Wednesday I felt compelled to have the Daisy (even though it is not my personal preference). The study continues to reveal (even after the revised mixology that includes equal proportions of the rums and port) that the port is an overpowering display in the drink that sublimates the rums considerably. I remember the annoyance experienced with this as though it was bothersome to have such distinction when the other flavors of the spirits needed to be witnessed. (I had even revised the mixology to include an aged port rather than a ruby port thinking this would provide a less demeaning balance).
Today I read in the LA Times that Venezuela had a “massive blackout” that the Prime Minister says was caused by “right-wing saboteurs.” It was proclaimed a “mysterious blackout that left the capital and 17 states without electricity.” The outage began on Tuesday and was restored by early Wednesday.
I had tweeted to Prime Minister Maduro on Friday night because of my enjoyment of the Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum. It was such a blessed experience that I requested he send a case to President Obama -- the thought was that the Rum would heal the wounds between our nations. At the same time I shared my great experience with a group of friends who I have know since my youth. Many of us were raised in highly conservative circles and were the political progeny of the Reagan era.
I think of the strong prompting I had received to have the Daisy mixology on Tues and Wed and now wonder if there is a relationship in the intelligence that we were studying in the spirits. If there was some intelligence crossover, why would there be a “massive blackout” in Venezuela when there was so much refined might wielded in its rum? Of all the spirits in the Daisy mixology the Venezuelan rum was by far the most refined and uplifting in spirit. At the same time I knew that the aged port was an oddly overbearing spirit even after cutting the measure in half to balance with the rums. Then I wonder if my choice to include an aged port rather than a ruby port wielded a power that could tip the balance giving an undue authority to so-called Western forces (the port) that led to this special cocktail. The ultimate test of the spirit in a rum may also hold relevance here. The may be an attestation that the Venezuelan Rum is comparable to a good wine. This may have been a challenge in the experiment. Derived from the sugar cane rather than a fruit of the vine is an interesting study.
I also had learned that the Daisy was a special cocktail among peers during my university years. Though I never tried it until this occasion the men often bought this drink for their women. It is special but this new mixology may be too powerful or as I would understand it may be cocktail that needs to be studied further to bring the Venezuelan rum to a stronger alliance in the mix. This might require that the Bacardi is removed and that the Venezuelan Rum and Aged Port co-exist alone with the fruit juice. I would opt for this mixology in my next attempt to understand the best results of this cocktail.
The real conclusion, however, of the Daisy study is simply that the Venezuelan Diplomatico Reserva Exclusive rum need not be mixed. This is a spirit that speaks a full truth on its own and needs to be enjoyed in that light. To mix it resembles the debauchery of mixing a good Scotch.
For some reason, the new Daisy does not seem to engender the harmony and outright purpose that the Southern waves of the Caribbean more naturally reveal. Actually, most of us will this purpose (harmony) and when we find it (like the studied spirit here) there is no substitute or mix that can match its excellence.