Friday, January 28, 2011

Rum Hound

I found this one in the "Big Bartender's Bible" from Mud Puddle books. It was created by Jim Schwenck and published in 1930 in the rather oddly named release, The Home Bartender's Guide & Song Book.

Rum Hound

1 1/2 ounces (45 ml) Jamaica dark rum
1 1/2 ounces (45 ml) Cointreau
3/4 ounce (22 ml) lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

The rum hound is a nice rum "sidecar" variation. I thought that there might be too much Cointreau in this recipe, but it was just right. This is a recipe that someone obviously took some time in balancing out.

Some drinks are good because you can still get sense of all the individual players and no one flavor is stomping over another - a perfect balance.

Other drinks are great because the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts, something new and wondrous born from the perfect blending of ingredients.

The rum hound seems to fit into the latter category. The Smith & Cross is fantastic here and would be hard to beat as a match for the Cointreau...and who knew there was this kind of orange flavor to be brought out from Cointreau?

The Home Bartender's Guide and Song Book (1930) By Charlie Roe & Jim Schwenck

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