Friday drinks: royal Bermuda yacht club

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A royal Bermuda yacht club mixed by Jeff Stewart. Photo by Kam Miller

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Commercial and video director Jeff Stewart has mixed up a regal drink that dates back to 1844. Although the Spanish reportedly discovered these beautiful but unpopulated little islands, the British were the first to settle the archipelago and claimed Bermuda for the crown. As Jeff tells it, British mariners skulled around the islands and battled pirates, but when they eventually ran out of pirates, the sailors were left with a lot of time on their hands. They did what any sailors worth their salt would do – they sailed around and drank.

The Bermuda Yacht Club’s original cocktail featured a healthy dose of rum, a touch of lime to fight the scurvy, and a couple of other choice ingredients. In 1845, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, signed on as a patron of The Bermuda Yacht Club. His endorsement allowed the club to call itself “royal.” And thus, the new cocktail was dubbed the royal Bermuda yacht club.

When I tasted Jeff Stewart’s version of the royal Bermuda yacht club, it had a unexpected but familiar flavor: cloves. The drink calls for falernum, a Caribbean syrup made of cloves, almond, ginger, and lime. It also calls for fresh squeezed lime and Cointreau. So while this is a rum drink, it’s not too sweet.

Jeff suggests Cruzan Single Barrel or Mount Gay rum. He said the drink benefits from a high quality rum that isn’t too sweet and has some complexity to it. He also mentioned you could use Grand Marnier, but that does make the drink slightly sweeter. I generally don’t go for rum drinks. I prefer a drink with tartness and a bit of bite, so Jeff’s royal Bermuda yacht club was perfection.

Wanna try it? Here’s Jeff’s recipe.

2 oz. rum
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. falernum
1/4 tsp. Cointreau (Grand Marnier also works for a slightly sweeter drink)

Shake vigorously in shaker over ice for 25-30 seconds, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Keep your glass half-full. Drink responsibly.

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