Also referred to as silver or white, light rums are unaged, aged in steel, or aged in oak and have had their color filtered out, and usually have a sweeter and lighter taste than darker rum varieties. The name refers to these rums lighter or clear color.
A dark coffee liqueur made in Jamaica with rum, sugar, vanilla and coffee, very similar to Kahlúa; 20% ABV.
The second most common juice used in cocktails. This citrus juice is about 6% acid; 4% from citric and 2% from malic, with small amounts of succinic acid (this is what gives it a little bloody taste). Lime juice should be used the day it is squeezed, some like it freshly squeezed and others like it a few hours old.
A syrup made from dissolving granulated sugar (sucrose) in water. Regular simple is made by combining 1:1 sugar:water by mass, rich simple is 2:1 sugar:water by mass although only 1.5 times as sweet as regular. We always use 1:1 syrup unless otherwise noted in the recipe itself.
Often seen in concentrate form with other ingredients like water or sugar. Used for its sweet and tart flavor and deep, deep (it will stain your fingers) red color.
In cocktails, cherries are sweetened in a brine, like maraschino cherries (marr-ə-SKEE-noh) or in brandy, like brandied cherries. They are usually used as a garnish, muddled into the cocktail, or used simple for their sweetened brine.
Small, round, green citrus fruits. Commonly used in many cocktails for its rind or its acidic taste (6% acid total; 4% citric, 2% malic, some succinic acid).
Add all to a blender with 1/2 cup of crushed ice. Blend for 5 seconds. Pour unstrained into a tall glass. Fill with crushed ice. Garnish with a cherry wrapped by a lime peel and speared with a toothpick.
From the Beach Hotel, St. Croix, circa 1960s.
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