08 April 2021

The Base of the Mountain

If I have one go-to beverage in all the lounges in all of Walt Disney World, it is the Tempting Tigress from Nomad Lounge. It was the cocktail I tried on my first visit to Nomad Lounge and, while I've sampled plenty of this marquee Animal Kingdom lounge's offerings, I come back to the Tempting Tigress again and again. While Nomad Lounge rests in Discovery Island, this is definitely a beverage fit for the finest establishments in Anandapur. I am thrilled to have it in my home bartending repertoire, just as I hope you will be after this entry.



2 Oz. Russell's Reserve 10-Year Bourbon
1 Oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1/2 Oz. Lime Juice
1 Bar Spoon Tamarind Syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass with ice.
Stir and strain into a double rocks glass with fresh ice.
Garnish with a lemon twist.
There are a couple of recipe notes worth discussing up front. For starters, if you don't have a bar spoon for the tamarind syrup use somewhere between 1/8 and 1/4 of an ounce. The tamarind is very strong, so definitely play with the quantities to suit your tastes. It also happens to be the toughest ingredient to come by, I found some in a local small grocer, but it can usually be found through Amazon as a last resort. Lastly, the Russell's Reserve is good, and is the bourbon called for in the recipe, but this tasty cocktail only got better when I subbed in Uncle Nearest or Woodford Reserve.

The Tempting Tigress has a rich mouthfeel, full of spicy notes and tart citrus. This isn't a typical drink you'd throw back on a warm summer afternoon on the beach, but it is perfect for sipping in the early evening with a good friend or good book on your back porch during any season.
If bourbon is your spirit of choice, and you like a bit of a spicy zing in your concoctions, the Tempting Tigress will not disappoint. If you are like me, and you look for a reason to stop in at Nomad Lounge just to have this chilled glass back in your hand, then this recipe is perfect for you. Straight from Nomad Lounge to your back porch, courtesy of a most tempting tigress.

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