The Evolution of a Cocktail
Let us start with the Whiskey Sour a classic cocktail from the the late nineteenth century which has stood the test of time and is still popular. Here is the recipe:
1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 1/2 oz lemon juice 3/4 oz
1 tsp simple sugar
1 Maraschino Cherry
Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a rocks glass
Now let us take an evolutionary leap from whisky to rum and turn the Whiskey Sour into a Rum Sour. The lemon juice increases slightly because the rum is sweeter than bourbon, and the sugar decreases for the same reaon. Here is the recipe:
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp sugar (2 dashes)
1 1/2 oz light rum
Add orange slice and a maraschino cherry
Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain
The Final step is to use a dark rum which has more character and complexity than a white rum. I sloe (pun intended) the cocktail down with sloe gin, and change the fruit slightly to suit the new ingredients.
2 oz of Dark Rum
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Dash of simple syrup or Grenadine
1 Tablespoon of Sloe Gin
Add the Dark Rum, the lemon and lime Juice, and the syrup or grenadine with the ice cubes in a Martini Shaker. Shake gently to chill the mixture. Pour the mixed ingredients into a cocktail glass adding the ice. Float the sloe gin on top and serve. The ice cubes added help diffuse the sloe gin into the cocktail.
And Remember, the aim is not to drink more cocktails, it is to drink better cocktails!
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