Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Jamaica Rum Sour

1/2 table-spoon sugar

Ingredient: sugar

What it is:  Additive
Many 19th century recipes specifically called for white sugar, which is more refined and preferred over browner sugars. But modern white sugar is probably too refined, making raw cane sugar the best, easily available choice.

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2 to 3 dash lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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juice
1 squirt syphon seltzer

Ingredient: syphon seltzer

Also Known As:  Seltzer bottle, soda syphon What it is:  Additive

A device for dispensing soda water.

As early as 1790, the concept of an "aerosol" was introduced in France with self-pressurized carbonated beverages, but the modern syphon was created in 1829, when two Frenchmen patented a hollow corkscrew which could be inserted into a soda bottle and by use of a valve allowed a portion of the contents to be dispensed while maintaining the pressure on the inside of the bottle and hence preventing the remaining soda going flat.

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3/4 large bar glass ice

Ingredient: ice

What it is:  Additive
The new general availability of ice in the mid 1800s revolutionized bar-tending and drinking. Ice was delivered in blocks that then had to to be broken, crushed, picked and shaved for increasingly popular individual drinks (as opposed to large punches).

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fine shaved
1 wine-glass Jamaica rum

Ingredient: Jamaica rum

What it is:  Rum
Generic term for dark rum from Jamaica. Dark rum differs from gold in that some residual molasses is retained in the final product, in order to slightly sweeten the flavor. Very popular in the late 1800s and superior to most New England rums. Modern approximations include Inner Circle, Gosling's Black Seal and Pusser's Navy Rum.

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(Use a large bar glass.)

Stir well with a spoon, strain into a sour glass, ornament with fruit and serve.