La Floridita – A Cocktail


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How the heck is summer over already?

(said every Basic B ever)

I know it’s technically not over until the 21st, but Labor Day Weekend is widely known as the unofficial end of summer. I feel like it was just Memorial Day and here we are at Labor Day! I say this every year, but I it’s like I’m living in a time warp!

It’s been a wonderful summer but surely the highlight was my family vacation. In July my Spatular and I took a cruise to Bermuda with my parents, brother, and sister-in-law. It was an incredible week full of sun, relaxation, family fun, and way too many cocktails! Spatular has never been much of a cocktail kind of guy, nearly always opting for a beer when we go out, but something about the cruise left him wanting to try everything new. Each night before dinner, the whole family would meet for drinks and trivia in one of the lounges on board. Although we never actually won an evening round of trivia, we did discover some new winning cocktails for me to recreate back home.

Like I said, Spatular isn’t much of a liquor drinker, but he did a pretty good job of making it through most of the rum page in the beverage menu. By far his favorite was a drink called La Floridita, a refreshing mix of dark rum, simple syrup, fresh lime juice and a splash of club soda. So simple, yet so delicious. Chances are you may already have all of the ingredients on hand at home, but if not they are plenty easy to track down… no crazy liquors or exotic mixers here!

I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of dark rum and some limes ASAP and making a batch of La Floridita before summer officially ends. And no worries, if you don’t polish off all that dark rum before the weather turns, it mixes beautifully in hot cider or a spicy dark and stormy… perfect for fall!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice (approximately 1 lime)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 oz simple syrup (depends how sweet you like it)
  • splash of club soda
  • ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Pour rum, lime juice, and simple syrup over ice and stir a few times with a bar spoon to combine.
  3. Top with club soda and garnish with a lime slice.

**This will make one strong cocktail.  Multiply ingredients to share with your spatular or friends!

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Share it with friends… but I totally won’t judge you for sipping this on your couch while binge watching The Office on Netlix after a long day. 

(not that I know anything about that)

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