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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. 


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.