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Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery
3212A Smallman St., Strip District
Drink: Eric Stratton
Ingredients: Maggie’s Farm white rum, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, basil, cucumber syrup, soda and cucumber garnish
Our take: For a daytime refresher, sipping this rum cocktail is like a stroll through a verdant garden. Cucumber and basil provide heavy vegetal notes as well as heady aromatics. Lemon juice brings a bright lift to the mix, complemented by the bubbles from the soda.
2549 Penn Ave., Strip District
Drink: Smallman Jabroni
Ingredients: Maggie’s Farm La Revuelta Rum, Campari, Punt e Mes vermouth, cold-brew coffee, orange peel
Our take: This rum cocktail hits all the after-dinner notes squarely. Campari helps to soothe the stomach, while coffee gives you a second wind for the rest of the night. A good balance of the vermouth, rum and coffee creates strong cocoa notes, with a touch of bitterness that lingers on the palate.