Red Roosevelt

HOW-TO: Make a Red Roosevelt cocktail

This is the first post 100% dedicated to Continents and Condiments! Thanks for reading.

Have you ever been in the situation where you’re in the mood for something stiff & strong but you simply don’t feel like an Old Fashioned? Well I gotta say it’s not often that I’ll pass the opportunity to have a bourbon cocktail, but this rum drink might make me hesitate between the two, it’s that nice! It’s orange-y, and sweet, and dark, and aromatic.

For my first recipe I’d like to offer my twist on a classic rum cocktail called the Roosevelt. This is my version of it and I call it the Red Roosevelt. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments!

This is a very strong cocktail, please be careful with the amounts you get into you.

Here’s everything you’ll need:

A glass – preferably a Martini glass or a coupe, but hey, a Mason jar will do!
A shaker – optional when you use a Mason jar
A potato peeler – or a very sharp knife

2.25 oz of dark rum (not spiced)
0.66 oz of sweet vermouth
0.5 oz of fresh squeezed orange juice
0.33 oz of simple syrup
1 dash of orange bitters

HOW-TO:

First things first, with most cocktails, you need to chill your glass. Fill it with ice cubes. Step 1: done.

Second step: I like to wash all my citrus – including the orange we’re using – with a tiny drop of dish soap before using the zest. Then, use the potato peeler and take a nice long strip of orange zest off the rind. You can do many things with that zest: trim it, make it look good, twist it, or even set it on fire. Personally, I like to leave it alone. I’m not that fancy, I guess. However please make sure that there’s as little white pith as possible on your zest strip, as it might give your drink an off, bitter taste.

Then, take a bowl and squeeze the juice of half of the orange.

Once you have your zest and your juice, take the shaker and fill it with ice.

Then, pour the rum, sweet red vermouth and orange juice in the iced shaker. Grab the bottle of bitters and add a dash. You can also add flair, style, or panache, but leave the swagger out. It might taste cheap.

Simple syrup should (always) be added to taste. I prefer mine with a little less than ¼ oz, however feel free to add a bit more if you find the result too bitter.

Time to shake. Count to 12. Done? Good.

Take your glass and throw the ice cubes in the sink. They were only chilling the glass!

Now you can pour from your shaker to your glass.

Take the orange twist and rub it on the edge of your glass. Then throw it in.

Enjoy! And be careful, it’s strong!

 

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