One of the most unique books to hit the culinary section at your local bookstore (and the proverbial shelves of Amazon) this fall is Cuban Cocktails: 100 Classic and Modern Drinks ($25; amazon.com). In what can hardly be classified as a simple collection of recipes, Ravi DeRossi and Jane Danger, co-owners of celebrated N.Y.C.-based Cuban rum bar Cienfuegos, share both contemporary and established Cuban beverages. The pair, along with restaurant designer and manager Alla Lapushchik, explain in great detail the perfected methods, ingredients, origin, and historical importance of each recipe.
Creations like La Imperatriz—a vibrant fuchsia punch—and El Floridita No. 4—a blended mojito to end all mojitos—are sure to be showstoppers at your next cocktail party. Perhaps more impressive than the rum-based drinks themselves is the Cienfuegos owners’ dedication to relaying the rich story and culture of Cuba. Cuban Cocktails is a must-have for drinkers and travelers alike. And, since it is officially fall, we leave you with this recipe for Sweater Weather, a Cienfuegos original. Read on below for the recipe.
1 ½ ounces El Dorado 12 Year Rum ($23; winewisegreenwich.com)
¾ ounce Rittenhouse Rye ($23; arlingtonwine.net)
½ ounce Cointreau ($33; klwines.com)
½ ounce ginger syrup ($10; oakandsalt.com)
¾ ounce lemon juice
Lemon for garnish
Shake with ice, and strain into rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. (For added presentation pizzazz, stud the lemon twist with whole cloves as pictured here.)
Reprinted with permission from Cuban Cocktails published in 2015 by Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © DeRossi Global LLC.