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Vintage cocktail recipe to celebrate National Rum Day

Bringing back the Fix for National Rum Day.

Bringing back the Fix for National Rum Day.

Today, August 16, might be better known by its proper name: National Rum Day.  We intend to celebrate with a forgotten cocktail recipe. 

According to Ted Haigh, a.k.a "Dr. Cocktail," drinks in the category known as the "Fix" were made with a combination of spirits, juice, water, sugar, and ice. They were popular toward the end of the 19th century, later disappearing from cocktail recipe guides without explanation. On National Rum Day, we want to bring back the Fix, so perfect for summer, icy cold, fragrant with citrus, fresh fruit, and potent dark rum. Here is a recipe for a Fix adapted from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.

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Saint Croix Rum Fix

2 oz. dark rum
1/2 oz. pineapple syrup (see recipe here)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tsp. sugar or simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in your choice of large glass. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Pack glass full of crushed ice and garnish with fresh fruit.