Time for another healthy dose of Cocktail 101.
Jennings Cox, and American mining engineer was in Cuba at the time of the Spanish-American war, around the year 1902. He is attributed with creating the classically refreshing cocktail by filling a glass with crushed ice, pouring a spoonful of sugar over the ice, squeezing two full limes over the sugar, and topping it with two ounces of white rum. After the cocktails invention, William A. Chanler, an congressman, brought the drink to the clubs of New York City. The drink was mainly consumed around New York until 1909 when Navy Admiral and medical officer Lucius W. Johnson introduced the drink to Army and Navy Club in Washington D.C.
The real explosion of popularity came in the 1940’s during WW2. Vodka and whiskey were heavily rationed, but the Presidents Good Neighbor Policy allowed for rum to be transported quickly and easily from Latin America, Cuba, and the Caribbean.
In the years since, the drink has changed to be built in a cocktail shaker and strained into a chilled coup glass. Many flavors have been tried and tested, but the original cocktail is created with lime.
This is a perfect summer cocktail, refreshing and well rounded. Here’s what you’ll need to enjoy one:
1.5 oz White Rum
.75 oz Lime Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
Pour all three ingredients together into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled coup glass. Garnish with a lime twist.
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