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Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail

Posted by Reese on 2011-06-23 @ 04:10pm

I’ve never been sailing, never been to Bermuda and, at least to my knowledge, am not the slightest bit royal.  What I am is deeply enamored with this cocktail.  As I’ve said before I can always tell when I really like a cocktail because I keep wanting to make it for myself.  The wanting part of that sentence being the key.  I’ll try recipe after recipe for cocktails I don’t much like, just in case there might be a diamond in the rough.  This one, like a few of my other favorites before it, I mix willingly and with a great sense of eagerness.

I didn’t stray far from the proverbial cocktail nest with this drink.  The recipe I found in Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails but it originally dates back to the Bartenders Guide by Trader Vic.  Whom, you’ll likely note, is the very same who’s known for a host of delightful Tiki drinks.  Dr. Cocktail notes that this is an “early example of Trader Vic’s burgeoning tropics-oriented (but yet to be Tiki) repertoire.”  I would agree whole-heartedly.  This drink includes falernum, a classic Tiki syrup, but keeps it simple and elegant.  There are a couple other recipes that I found, but they really only vary slightly.  For example, the Difford’s recipe ups the rum to 2 1/2 oz but leaves everything else the same.

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail (Cocktail Hacker)
2 oz Barbados Rum
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1 tsp Cointreau
2 tsp Falernum

1) Combine in a shaker with ice
2) Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass

Despite the other slight variations I found, this recipe really doesn’t need modification at all.  I only changed the original a tiny bit, altering 2 dashes to 1 tsp for the Cointreau simply to make it easier to mix.  For the rum, I find it a bit odd that a cocktail for the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club uses Barbados rum but, hey whatever.  I personally opted for Montanya Platino.  It’s a white rum made here in Colorado that I really like.  The resulting cocktail is lightly sweet with awesome spiciness from the Falernum.  Here’s a quote from my tasting notes that really sums it up nicely.  “I just want to keep drinking.”

To see how a Barbados rum would change the cocktail I used the only one I have on hand.  Namely, Mount Gay Extra Old.  This rum is fantastic, but the cocktail it produces is more focused on the flavors of the rum .  I didn’t like this version as much as the white rum version, but I certainly wouldn’t refuse to drink it either.

Finally, falernum.  I used my homemade stuff, but you could easily use commercial offerings as well.  The only caveat to keep in mind is that each Falernum will have a slightly different flavor profile so you may need to tweak the ratio a bit to get it to your liking.

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