Last weekend, Sunday lived up to its name, and I was able to enjoy a few cocktails in a sunny cocktail bar in southeast Portland. I started with a coconut gin negroni and, while sipping on that, a sassy little number with Squirt (one of my favourite sodas as a youth) caught my eye.
Fresh lime juice is a key component to many fine beverages, and it's always been my understanding that you want it as fresh as you can get it. This thinking, it turns out, was folly. For the best tasting beverage, you want to let your juice age for a little bit - ideally four to 10 hours.
It was called the “Sting Wray” and it was made with overproof rum, lime juice, and a healthy splash of the citrus soda. I was, obviously, inspired to make one myself, because I’ll jump at any excuse to buy nostalgic beverages, but I also wanted to see if the cocktail would work just as well with regular-proof rum. In a twist no one could have seen coming, it did.
This sparkling bright beverage is so drinkable, I almost absentmindedly drank the whole thing right before a meeting on an empty stomach, so wooed was I by its citrus-y sweetness. I like a lot of lime, but feel free to cut it down to a 14 mL if you’re not such an acid fan. To make it, you will need:
44 mL light rum
14 mL- 22 mL lime juice
Squirt (the Mexican kind with real sugar, if you can find it)
Combine the rum and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a lowball, fill with crushed (or regular) ice, and top with Squirt. Garnish with a lime wedge or a strip of zest, and try not to guzzle.