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Curiada Cocktail Hour: The Airmail

Honey colored cocktail in a champagne coupe, You see the hands of woman garnishing the cocktail with a lemon peel curl.

There was a time when anything going by air - mail, people - was unusual, glamorous, and exciting.

This cocktail brings all of those vibes. A throwback to an era of intrigue, excitement, and mid-century style.

No one quite knows the origins of this drink -- the earliest reference to it is in a Bacardi pamphlet, where, befitting its name, it was actually garnished with a real postage stamp!

Here we mix a favorite rum with delicious, bar-quality syrups and juices from Cheeky Cocktails, for an easy-to-make cocktail that tastes as fantastic as one you'd have when out on the town. 

Garnish with a lime twist -- or to pay homage to the original, with a postage stamp!

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Ingredients

1.5 oz rum, preferably on the lighter side
.75 oz honey syrup
.75 oz lime (or lemon) syrup
Prosecco

Method

Add rum, lime juice, and honey syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Strain into a champagne flute and top with Prosecco or another sparkling wine. Serve with a lime twist garnish (or a vintage postage stamp!)

 

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Curiada Cocktail Hour: The Bitter Mai Tai

shot taken from above with liquor bottles Campari and Virago Four Port Rum in the background, a pink cocktail garnished with a mint leaf in the foreground.Who doesn't love a Mai Tai?  For those who don't want to choose between the tiki classic and a love of the bitter, we have this excellent cocktail.

Last time we made this excellent concoction, we used Virago Four Port Rum, which gives wonderful flavor and just the funk you need to match the boldness of the Campari.

You can also make it, as it was originally made, with Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, which really brings the funk. 

Whatever rum you choose, make it one with enough assertiveness to play its role in this excellent drink.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Campari
.75 oz dark, flavorful rum, we like Smith & Cross or Virago
.5 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
1 oz lime juice
3/4 oz orgeat
fresh mint


Method

Shake all ingredients with a small amount of ice in a cocktail shaker. 
Fill a rocks glass with (crushed) ice. Strain the cocktail into the glass. Add more crushed ice on top, if you're using it, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

 

 

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Curiada Cocktail Hour: The Pineapple Papa

Pineapple is a stellar cocktail ingredient, particularly when paired with rum. Something about that fresh, tropical flavor plays so deliciously well with the nuanced evolution of tastes that a good quality rum brings to the party. Here the rich, fruity notes of Don Papa Small Batch Rum takes are balanced by a bright, tartness with a generous pour of pineapple juice and fresh lime juice. Top it off with mint and some soda and you have a delicious, refreshing cocktail that can be easily mixed up at home whenever the mood strikes.  

Try this one on a Thursday night. It gives off serious almost-the-weekend vibes. 

Ingredients

2 oz Don Papa 7

2 oz pineapple juice

juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp agave nectar

4 mint leaves

splash of soda

 

Method

Combine all ingredients except soda in a shaker and shake until your hands are very cold. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

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