Just a sample of the ol' liquor cart...
Just a sample of the ol' liquor cart...
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Batavia Arrack van Oosten, Our Drink of the Week

Every time I visit Hi-Time Wine Cellar nowadays, I buy myself a rum--have I written this already, the last time I wrote about a rum from the Costa Mesa playground of the boozehounds? Maybe. Anyhoo, this time around, I thought I bought a Javanese rum when I got Batavia Arrack van Oosten, whose beautiful emerald bottle I see in the finest OC establishments. But it turns out arrack is its own spirit, a sugarcane-derived drink spiked with red rice. Yum!

I didn't find out that Batavia Arrack wasn't a rum until I started writing this DOTW, but now it makes sense. The drink is grassy, like a heavier cachaça, but with hints of citrus. Only the manliest of men can weather this neat or on the rocks, as it's funky--manly men like me. Everyone else can do like the hipsters and enjoy it in punch, a cocktail where Batavia Arrack supposedly dominated for centuries. Nevertheless, a great purchase, cheap--and further proof sugarcane is the most underrated weed of them all...

Email: garellano@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @gustavoarellano.

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