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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Pink Rum and Tonic

Maybe yesterday was OK after all. Maybe you found out that you can do at 50 what you did at 20 and still not end up in the hospital, jail, or divorce court. But chances are, you still have some Bacardi left over.

Fret not. Even though you are ready to shelf hurricanes for another year, there’s a fine drink that just might get you through the day, and use up a little more rum as well.

The Pink Rum and Tonic.

As usual, our recipe comes from the empirical CocktailDB.

Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain:
1 1/2 oz light Bacardi rum (4.5 cl, 3/8 gills)
1/2 oz fresh lime juice (1.5 cl, 1/8 gills)
1/4 oz grenadine (6 dashes, 1/16 gills)
Fill with tonic, ice
Add lime wheel
Serve in a tall glass (14.0 oz)

This drink errs a little on the sweet side, with the rum and the grenadine—if you have a more alcohol-oriented palate, you might want to pare back the grenadine by half. And what is rum, if not a way to deliver spirit itself from sugar? But the tonic in this drink renders it refreshing, and it comes out the color of a watermelon horchata.

And as always, we remind you that you can make your own grenadine.

And now that the festivities are over and the work begins, whether you are commencing Lent or contemplating a coming Seder, we wish you shanti.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Hurricanes of Mardi Gras

After the Great San Francisco Quake of 1906, some wag noticed that churches were leveled, but not a noteworthy distillery. And thus a great quatrain was born:

“If, as they say, God spanked the town
For being over-frisky,
Why did He burn His churches down
And spare Hotaling’s whiskey?”

We haven’t seen a similarly optimistic quatrain emerge from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, even though we did note that the Hurricane was kinder to the French Quarter than to almost all other parts of the Crescent City. But wisdom we have seen emerge especially since that time is the notion that in New Orleans, tourists drink Hurricanes, and locals drink Sazeracs.

Now, we have covered the Sazerac abundantly at this blog. To make a good Sazerac, simply click here. But we haven’t much discussed the virtue of surrendering to a streetcar named Desire and fixing up a plain ol’ Hurricane in honor of the salvation of Rue Royale and Bourbon Street.


Here is the most straightforward way:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add

3/4 oz Bacardi Superior
3/4 oz Bacardi Select
3/4 oz passion fruit syrup or 1 1/2 oz passion fruit juice and the juice of 1/2 fresh lime

Shake sharply and strain into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of lime, and serve.

Now, we can understand you not having a hurricane glass. If you’d like to turn that into something you can serve in a cocktail glass, you can pour the same, strained…

Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain

1/2 oz fresh lime juice (1.5 cl, 1/8 gills)
1 oz light rum (3 cl, 1/4 gills)
1 oz gold rum (3 cl, 1/4 gills)
1/2 oz passion fruit syrup (1.5 cl, 1/8 gills)
Serve in a cocktail glass (4.5 oz)


If you’re going to have a Hurricane one day this year, today’s the day. We’ll see you here on the other side of Lent.