Summer is for...lazy afternoons with cocktails. Who can argue with that? Whether you're at home on your balcony or deck or enjoying warm weather at a beach or lake, nothing beats a refreshing, cool drink at your side.
This drink is loosely based on the Rainbow Beach Swizzle by Jesse Card. Card's version features more rum--four kinds in fact--plus pineapple juice. I dialed back the rum a bit, omitted the pineapple juice (for the sole reason that I had run out and didn't realize it) and added some ginger syrup.
For more summer cocktail ideas, check out my recent Summer Cocktails Week.
Adapted in part from Rainbow Beach Swizzle by Jesse Card
8 spearmint leaves
1 oz. light rum
1/2 oz. falernum
1/2 oz. ginger syrup (see recipe here)
Float of blackstrap rum
Mint sprig and lime wheel garnish
Add lime juice and mint leaves to a cocktail shaker and gently muddle the leaves. Add the rum, falernum and ginger syrup and fill the shaker with ice. Shake until cold then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Carefully float the blackstrap rum on top of the drink (it works well to slowly pour it over the back of a spoon). Garnish with mint spring and lime wheel.