The method isn’t just an aesthetic trick; it additionally impacts the style and texture of a cocktail, even when utilized solely to the base spirit. Take into account the Clarified Corn ’n’ Oil, which provides the rum cocktail a softer edge than the unique; the Clarified Pineapple Daiquiri, which places a silky spin on the fruit-forward drink; or the Intercourse Panther, a tackle the Cuba Libre that pairs the fuller-bodied mouthfeel of milk punch with a measure of pineapple juice, rendering the drink additional tropical whereas sustaining “the identical coronary heart and soul” as the unique. The Piña Colada Milk Punch, in the meantime, alters the summer time basic’s make-up for a drink that’s simply as suited to the bar high as it’s to the seaside.
There are a number of issues to bear in mind when making use of the tactic to tropical drinks. As an alternative of the milk or cream generally added to exploit punch, for instance, full-fat coconut milk may be subbed in, including not only a clarifying factor, but in addition extra tropical taste. That is the method utilized in Napier Bulanan’s Tita Nita’s Milk Punch, a palm spirit–primarily based and lychee-spiked cocktail. And even with out clarifying your complete drink, clarifying the acidic parts—such because the lime and pineapple juices present in a Jungle Hen—makes for a silkier texture, as evidenced within the Stirred Hen. As its creator Jack Schramm notes, “Keep in mind that clarification is a chance—push it to the outer limits and create one thing new.”