Drink This: Opposable Rums

Nikki BuchananJuly 14, 2021
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Photo by Kyle Ledeboer
Photo by Kyle Ledeboer

If lolling around the pool with a tropical drink in hand is as close to Tahiti as you’ll get this summer, lean into it. Tiki-inspired but not cloyingly tiki, this tall poolside sipper combines premium white rum and Brazilian cachaça with rosy-hued Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato, which adds fruity notes of hibiscus and orange blossom to the requisite pineapple-lime syrup base. Served on the rocks in a highball glass, it’s a tiki drink for the thinking tiki-drinker, graceful but complex, which doesn’t preclude getting hammered after two or three of them.

You don’t need dexterous digits to make this one, just a little patience for the syrup. In a canister filled with crushed ice, combine ¾ oz. Novo Fogo Cachaça, ¾ oz. Banks 5 Island rum, ½ oz. Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato, ¾ oz. fresh lime juice, 2 oz. pineapple juice and ½ oz. grapefruit-cinnamon syrup*. Shake the mixture hard and fast to aerate the drink and make it frothy. Pour over cubed ice and garnish with micro flowers (lime or pineapple wedge will work, too).

*Combine three crushed cinnamon sticks in a saucepan with one cup water and one cup sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for two minutes. Cover and let sit for two hours. Strain. Combine two parts white grapefruit juice with one part cinnamon syrup.


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