“Brazo de Oro”
Recipe by Jessie Marrero, born and raised in DC, now residing in Baltimore. Works as a bartender in Columbia at The Periodic Table, and as a consultant.
This is the ‘Brazo de Oro’, a tribute to Mariana Bracetti. She is believed to have been the woman who created the earliest version of the Puerto Rican flag that we know today. Bracetti was an independence movement leader in the 1860s, and a key figure in the Grito de Lares. Nicknamed the brazo de oro because of her sowing abilities, she was appointed leader of the Lares Revolutionary Council.
I chose to make this variation of a Sidecar with Bracetti’s golden arm in mind. The Chapman’s Apple Brandy exudes golden sweetness and warmth. The spiced rum pays homage to both her and my homeland, and adds a spicy kick that’s hidden behind the Civic vodka. And the hue is reminiscent of pale gold. This alcohol forward drink packs a punch, but goes down smooth.
Republic Restoratives Civic Vodka & Chapman’s Apple Brandy, Puerto Rican Spiced Rum, simple, syrup, lemon juice, orange bitters