This is the opposite of a Cosmopolitan: an inventive use of your homemade cranberry juice and candied Key limes that also is a complex, layered, balanced cocktail.
Spirits columnist Jason Wilson recommends seeking out rhum agricole and the Clement Creole Shrubb, but in a pinch you also could use a quality molasses-based rum such as Appleton V/X and a fine orange liqueur such as Cointreau.
- 1 ounce rhum agricole, preferably Rhum Clement VSOP
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, preferably Clement Creole Shrubb
- 3 ounces Homemade Cranberry Juice (see related recipe)
- 1/2 ounce Lime Syrup (see related recipe)
- Squeeze of lemon wedge (about 1 teaspoon)
- Slices of Candied Key Limes (see related recipe), for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Combine the rhum agricole, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, lime syrup and squeeze of lemon juice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with slices of candied key lime.
From bartender Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve, the Majestic and PX in Alexandria.
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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