There are some drinks that are packed out with fruit juices and other mixers to make them lighter and less intensive, and then there are drinks like the Casablanca that are not afraid to give you a firm smack around the chops and celebrate the beauty of alcohol.
Now, it’s not the perfect drink – or, if i’m being totally honest, even a great one – but it is bold; as the drink in its entirety is 4 ounces and just ½ ounce of that is non-alcoholic, there’s a robust flavour that does have a harsh edge to it – however this edge is a vital component of the drink as it cuts through the would-be overpowering sweetness that hits you initially from the cherry liqueur. The combination of hard spirit and sweet liqueur culminates in a slightly sharp and sour drink that stops just short of being too much for your mouth to cope with. Indeed, the first sip is guaranteed to be a shock to the taste buds but every sip after that becomes infinitely more palatable and just that bit more enjoyable. There are so many sweet drinks out there that it’s refreshing to find one that is not afraid to pack a punch.
Thankfully white rum is, by and large, consistent in flavour and quality regardless of whether you buy a name brand or supermarkets own label. I personally used Hortus London Dry Gin from Lidl, so you should be safe to use any brand of white rum you have available.
♦ 2 ½ ounces white rum
♦ ½ ounce Cointreau
♦ ½ ounce cherry liqueur
♦ ½ ounce lime juice
Shake the ingredients together and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.