|Tapping the Admiral|
Another winner was the Cora Middleton, a frothy cocktail made with Appleton Reserve Rum, raspberry syrup, lemon juice, sugar, egg white, lemon zest and our old favorite Angostura bitters. This is a shaken cocktail and despite the sugar it is not too sweet. The froth from the egg white gives it a pleasant consistency.
Not all the new drinks are as noteworthy. I found the Castilian to be too sweet for my palate. It includes Bacardi Anejo Rum as its base spirit and Peychaud bitters, sugar and Aguardiente. The La Lupe is made with Leblon Cachaca, lime juice, St. Vincent's coconut goodness, Velvet Falernum and tonic water. If you don't like the taste of alcohol, this would be my recommendation as it is quite a mellow drink with the light flavor of the coconut predominating.
Don't worry, favorites such as the Hemingway Daiquiri (Papa's Daiquiri) remain on the cocktail list. If you want to try the unique barrel aged Tapping the Admiral, I'd recommend trying some before they run out as due to the aging process, they can't immediately create more.
La Descarga: 1159 Western Avenue, just North of Santa Monica Blvd. Phone: (323) 466-1324. Website: www.descargala.com