Spanish Town Cocktail
5 Glasses Rum. (2 oz Saint James Ambre)
1 Dessertspoonful Curacao. (1 barspoon Clement Creole Shrubb)
Pour into shaker, add a large quantity of ice, and shake thoroughly. Grate a little nutmeg over each glass as serve.
I always enjoy when the Savoy Cocktail Book is vague. Rum? Goodness, the length and breadth of types of Rum makes the variations on this cocktail nearly infinite. Of course it is just a slightly orangey and sweet glass of cold, diluted rum.
As with the Gin in the Southern Gin Cocktail, whether you will enjoy the Spanish Town is nearly entirely dependent on whether you enjoy the Rum you make it with.
Pick one you enjoy sipping, and you might discover interesting characteristics you hadn’t noticed before.
Personally, I really enjoy St. James’ Ambre, a Rhum Agricole from Martinique. It’s not quite a sipping rum, but has such interesting earthy, cane character it is one of my favorites. You can almost taste the cane fields burning. Unfortunately, the distributor has dropped the brand and is no longer importing it into the US. If you have some, or its older siblings, enjoy it while you have it.
This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.