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Deb Lindsey/For the Washington Post, Glassware from Crate and Barrel

Cocktails that complete me Jan 28, 2011

This cocktail dates from the 1850s. Author David Wondrich calls it "the spiritual progenitor of the Tiki drink." Use a slightly aged rum such as Apple VX, Chairman's Reserve or Flor de Cana 7-year-old.

Servings: 1
  • 2 ounces aged rum (see headnote)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or Combier
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon store-bought or homemade raspberry syrup (see NOTE)
  • Twist of lime peel, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the rum, Cointreau or Combier, lime juice and raspberry syrup. Shake well, then double strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass.

Garnish with the twist of lime peel.

NOTE: You can order a good raspberry syrup from, or make your own: Combine 2 cups fresh raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 cup water in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring, until the berries release their juices. Add 1 1/2 cups cold water and 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice; mix well. Skim any foam that forms on the surface, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use a cheesecloth-lined strainer to strain the mixture into a bowl, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Return the liquid to the saucepan and add 1 1/2 cups of sugar; increase the heat to medium and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Once the liquid bubbles at the edges, cook for 2 minutes to form a syrup. Remove from the heat and cool before serving or refrigerating for up to 3 weeks. The yield is about 2 1/2 cups.

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Adapted from Wondrich's "Imbibe!" (Perigee, 2007).

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 240

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 5mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 12g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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