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Drinking Lessons: The Fizzy Stuff

The n00b talks Rum and Cola with guest Spirit Guide Erin Crouch who explains how to elevate a modest, popular drink into something a bit more bougie - but not too much…it turns out a little mixology bougie goes a long way. Along the way, they discuss the revolutionary roots of the drink, and the notion that a drink can be either simple or sophisticated, depending on your ingredients and your flair for the theatrical. 

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Side by side!

The Blacktail rum and cola on the left, the cheap rum and Coke on the right.

The Recipes

Rum and Coke

  • 5 oz Coke
  • 1 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/3 oz fresh lime juice

Mix all ingredients in a red Solo cup with ice and drink with gusto.

 

Blacktail Rum and Cola

  • 1 oz rum
  • 3/4 oz cola syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Fernet Branca
  • 1 dash Orinoco Bitters
  • 4 oz Champagne, chilled
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Build over big chunks of ice in a double old fashioned glass and stir. Garnish with fresh grated lemon zest.

For a look at how the professionals do it, be sure to check out Blacktail in NYC

And for more great recipes, including more from Blacktail, check out Supercall: The Spirit of Cocktails and Culture.