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Ingredients: Maggie’s Farm white rum, Rothman & Winter Orchard Cherry liqueur, lemon, brut sparkling wine, orange twist
Our take: The roundness of the rum complements the sharp tart flavors of the sour-cherry liqueur. mineral tones from the sparkling wine provide dryness, while the citrus lifts and lightens the flavor profile without increasing the tartness.
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Drink: The Old Cuban
Ingredients: Cruzan aged rum, lime juice, brut champagne, mint
Our take: More proof that rum and champagne should be together more often, this slant on a mojito is herbal, effervescent and refreshing. Served straight and topped with bubbly, the mint is the star of the cocktail.