No, it’s not just a teeny jacket and a dance – the Bolero #2 is a fruit version of the original Bolero drink. Whereas the original Bolero consists of only alcohol (White rum, Calvados and Sweet Vermouth), the changes of the booze to dark rum and brandy combined with the addition of lime juice and orange juice enhances the flavours of the original to give you a real taste of the tropics.
It’s not a gentle drink by any means; 2 ½ ounces of alcoholic vs 1 ½ ounces of non-alcoholic ingredients means that this really does pack an almighty punch, and I wouldn’t recommend having too many of them in a row lest you end up forgetting half of the night! I would, however, recommend that you make a round of these for you and your friends before a big night out – it feels like a celebratory drink and would definitely start the evening off with a bang!
One thing I would recommend is that you strain the drink, if possible, through a fine mesh sieve – I personally dislike the bitty texture of pineapple juice but I also wouldn’t even think of substituting it for anything else. It’s very much a key to this drink and works beautifully.
Strong and vibrant, the Bolero #2 is a winner.
♦ 2 ounces dark rum
♦ ½ ounce brandy
♦ ½ ounce fresh lime juice
♦ ½ ounce fresh orange juice
♦ ½ ounce simple syrup
Shake the ingredients together and then strain into a chilled glass.