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Cocktail Challenge: Spam

Paramount Room's Allison Hagio plays pirate with the precooked meat

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"Spam!?" wrote Allison Hagio, challenged by Nahm Kim of Sunda with the precooked meat product immortalized by a Monty Python skit. Unfazed, Hagio, a bartender at the Paramount Room, grilled the stuff with fruit and used the rendered fat and liquid in a reduction she calls "OO Spam juice"—"OO" for the Old Overholt rye she added to it along with maple syrup. Also in her arsenal: 23-year-old aged Ron Zacapa rum, Luxardo cherry liqueur, and Tajín seasoning.

Who's Next:

Hagio's challenged Luis Rodriguez of Carnivale with caraway seeds.

(Recipe below slideshow.)

Walk the Plank

1½ oz Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 rum
¾ oz Luxardo cherry liqueur
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz OO Spam juice
2 dashes Fee Brothers rhubarb bitters
Tajín seasoning

Pour the lime juice, rum, cherry liqueur, and Spam juice into a mixing glass. Add bitters, stir slightly, and add ice. Cap and shake well. Strain into a glass rimmed with lime or a swipe of grilled fruit and Tajín seasoning.

"You can smell the Spam, right?" said Hagio. "And look, there's the fat, coming up the sides."

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