Where it all began—the heart of the exotic cocktail as enjoyed for centuries in Jamaica. One of sour (lime juice), two of sweet (demerara sugar), three of strong (fine Jamaican rum), four of weak (some ice). Plus five of spice to make it nice (allspice and bitters).

In a cocktail shaker combine the following ingredients:

• 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

• 3/4 oz. Demerara simple syrup*

• 1/4 oz. St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram

• 3 oz. Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend

• 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

DIRECTIONS:

Add ice to cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until a thin layer of frost coats the outside of the shaker tin. Strain the cocktail into a highball glass filled with ice or your favorite tiki mug. Garnish with a healthy bouquet of fresh mint, a pineapple frond and a Jamaican flag.

DEMERARA SIMPLE SYRUP:

• 2 cups water

• 1 cup Demerara sugar

• 3 cups granulated sugar makes 4 cups (32 ounces)

DIRECTIONS:

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the Demerara sugar and stir until all the sugar is dissolved, about one minute. Add the granulated sugar and stir until dissolved, about one minute. Immediately remove from heat and let cool. Store in a lidded bottle or other sealed container in the refrigerator. The syrup will keep, refrigerated for several weeks

Well known for its envelope pushing cocktails served with a down-to-earth approach, Standby Detroit has not only helped to garner acclaim for Detroit’s cocktail scene, it’s continued to inspire and connect—even in the wake of a pandemic.

On-site cocktail catering and private events at the bar may be on hold through April, but guests can still enjoy creative stirred, shaken and carbonated bottled cocktails to go or book a private cocktail class to perfect their home bartending skills.

 

Courtesy of Two James Spirits

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