38. Cocktail of the Week: “I just can’t”

The theme for these next posts has been, “don’t suck” and so this next cocktail will not be dedicated to a veteran smoker, but more to those people who do not like white rum.

Why white rum?
My roommate does not like white rum much, dark rum is acceptable, but there is something about white rum that really throws him off. I will admit, the flavor of white rum is very specific and is not as versatile as the flavor of dark rum; you can only use white rum in very specific recipes, and if you get one ingredient off it ruins the whole entire drink.
While talking over dinner, my roommate and I discussed this dilemma and he seemed very distraught by how useless white rum could be.
“I mean, I don’t know, you can only make a limited amount of drinks with it and then afterwards you get bored. I don’t know, I mean, I just can’t…”
After pondering how he was going to finish his sentence he looked at me and shrugged his shoulders while announcing “white rum just sucks.”

It “just sucks”…
well how can I make it not suck?
So this lead me to come up with a recipe that was not very fruity, but definitely you want to drink while having a relaxing evening as you look up at the stars.

How to make the “Starlift”
you will need…
– Bicardi rum
– Wild Blue Premium Blueberry lager
– Cointreau
– Champagne of your choice
– lime
First few steps
First take a basic tumbler glass and fill it with ice, no cocktail shaker will be needed for this simple recipe. Then take 1.5 Oz of Bicardi Rum and pour it into the glass, follow that with approximately 3 ounces of Wild Blue (add more or less if you feel it is necessary). Then take half of a lime, juice it, and pour it into the drink. This will leave the drink tasting super tangy…if you prefer your drinks this tart, then leave it this way and do not add more.
If not…
Add a little bit of Champagne (brand of your choice) and then half a shot of Cointreau.
Final step
Then take a stir, the one here has a flamingo on it, if not you can use an umbrella (the little ones you put on drinks, not full sized ones of course) or any other one that you have, and mix all the flavors together. This drink is very simple and actually has a pretty neutral flavor. A decorated stir really takes it from basic to funky. Be careful though…this drink will sneak up on you…it consists entirely of alcohol except for the juiced lime.

The Starlift is a drink that has a radiant color reminiscent of the sky when it goes from sunset to full night; you will be able to star gaze and enjoy a Marlboro Sky cigarette comfortably on the beach.


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