Rum At Me, Bro
2 oz Amber Rum [Albany Distilling Co]
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth [Dolin]
1/4-1/2 oz lime juice (to desired tartness)
Few dashes Dry Sarsaparilla Bitters [Bad Dog Bar Craft]
Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with lime twist.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my bar. Over the years, I’ve amassed a nice variety of bottles that allow me plenty of options when it comes time to mix a drink. Sometimes though, those endless options can be paralyzing (see: The Paradox of Choice). I’ll stare blankly at the bar trying to formulate various combinations in my head. This can be exhausting (first world problems, I know – but still).
So when I was away last week with some friends, I had a somewhat liberating experience. We rented a house on a lake in the Adirondacks, where many a beer was consumed. Of course, I couldn’t roll up there sans booze, so I brought some stuff to make Perfect Manhattans. As a bonus, one of the other guys brought a bottles of amber rum from Albany Distilling Co.
At some point on the second night, my friends called me into duty, requesting a cocktail with said rum. I walked into the kitchen, and upon seeing the limited bottles to work with, came up with something in what felt like record time. I grabbed the sweet vermouth and a lime, added a few dashes of bitters and a new drink was born.
The Rum at Me, Bro is a nice balance of sweet and tart. Citrus and molasses dominate the nose, and continue to mingle on the sip. The sweet vermouth and rum play off each other’s sweetness, while providing a counterpoint to the zesty lime. Sarsaparilla bitters highlight the vanilla notes in the rum, and everything ends with a cool, refreshing finish.
The crew agreed this one was a keeper, the only thing left was to give it a name. Puns flew around left and right, but as soon as one of my friends yelled “Rum at Me, Bro”, I knew the discussion was over.
You can surprise yourself when you need to create a drink under certain constraints. It’s worth remembering that next time you’re stuck staring at your own bar. Maybe try setting some artificial boundaries to try to get you out of the decision loop.