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Old 09-10-2008, 08:28 PM   #1
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Summertime is winding down in Illinois, but the afternoon is still hot and sunny and a wonderful time to sit out in the backyard with a cool drink and a good book.

I was experimenting, trying to come up with something refreshing, bright, and cheery, yet inexpensive and non-presumptious for guests, with ingredients found virtually anywhere. Here's what I'm drinking this week:

1 oz dark rum
1 oz darker rum
1 oz Sweet and Sour mix
1 oz pineapple juice ...........Served over lots of ice.

I've tried Cruzan 2 year old Dark Rum with Goslings Black Seal (which was VERY good) and Mount Gay Eclipse with Coruba (not so good). Perhaps a single rum would fit the bill, perhaps Tortuga (I'll try that next)

Try this with your favorite mixers and let me know what you find the best combination, or any other ideas you might share for a summertime afternoon cocktail, before its too late.......
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Old 09-11-2008, 08:55 AM   #2
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Alas our summertime seems to have reached a soggy conclusion....

Try that cocktail again with 3/4 part lime and 1/2 part sugar instead of sour-mix. The fresh juice should make all the difference (I'll admit to inherent British hatred of sour mix!)
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Um, well technically "sour mix" or "sweet and sour" can also mean equal parts simple syrup and lemon juice, if I'm not mistaken. I'm pretty sure I have a Beachbum Berry book that says so...

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Sour question aside StockDoct, I rarely mix rums and now you have piqued my curiosity. Anyone in here have ideas on "exceptionally good" combinations of two or more rums? With mixers

- or in my case to be sipped straight (is that a contradiction in terms?) A single glass with parts of two or more rums sipped with no other additions... I would loved to read your suggestions.
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Um, well technically "sour mix" or "sweet and sour" can also mean equal parts simple syrup and lemon juice, if I'm not mistaken.
Yes it can - but sour mix in American bars tends to mean use of one of the commercially prepared 'sour mixes' (or worse the horror of horrors - powdered sour mix!). I was just pointing out that fresh is best.

Equal parts might be a simplification, in volume terms you tend to need less sugar than souring agent, but of course not all lemons, limes, grapefruits or sugar syrup are created equal...
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but of course not all lemons, limes, grapefruits or sugar syrup are created equal...
And certainly not the LIMES Paul!
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we concur on the disdain for sour mix. Lately, my sour mix is coconut water, key lime and cane syrup. Yum! Plays nicely with fine rums and allows their exceptional flavors to stand up nicely.

The new Diplomatico ultra-premium rum blanco is the bomb.
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Sour question aside StockDoct, I rarely mix rums and now you have piqued my curiosity. Anyone in here have ideas on "exceptionally good" combinations of two or more rums? With mixers

- or in my case to be sipped straight (is that a contradiction in terms?) A single glass with parts of two or more rums sipped with no other additions... I would loved to read your suggestions.
I've found very strong dark rums tend to overpower a drink, where you can smell the Black Seal or the Coruba a mile away. But when mixed with a mild "dark" rum like Matusalem or Cruzan, it makes a nice mixed drink. Its an idea that needs more exploring.


BTW, I tasted a shot of my Sweet/Sour mix straight up. It indeed tastes like Country Time lemonade, with not enough water mixed in. Yuch. I'll need to make some myself with fresher ingredients. Or maybe ....Limoncello, anyone?
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I have an IMMENSE hatred for store bought sour mixes.

We make our sour mix to order, using the juice of one lime, the juice of half a lemon, and 8 drops from an orange (not 9, cause that would be silly!), a half ounce of simple syrup, and an ounce of water. My bartenders hate me for it every time a guest orders an L.I.T. but thats why we've got the best LIT's in the city.
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(not 9, cause that would be silly!)

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If only all bartenders had your commitment to excellence, Adam, rather than the quick buck tip.....
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