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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.
Nine on Nine
900 Penn Ave., Downtown
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.