3/4 oz Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Top with 2 oz Coca Cola.
Last Tuesday night, I met Andrea at No. 9 Park to have cocktails crafted by bar manager's Ted Kilpatrick. For a first drink, Ted wanted to make me his take on the Rum & Coke and the Cuba Libre. While the Cuba Libre I wrote about in my post on the Mandeville included lime, I was surprised at how many recipes out there lack citrus and noted that other recipes include bitters as well. Here, Ted split the spirit portion of the drink to be half funky navy strength rum and half Angostura Bitters. For a name, he called the drink the Mentirita which means "little lie" in Spanish; Cuban exiles will often use that name for the classic drink for they declared that there is no free Cuba under Castro's control.
Postnote: In June, I had Ted's updated version of the drink that he entitled the White Lie. In this variation, he changed the rums around, altered a few of the proportions, and added a Herbsaint rinse:
• 1 oz J.Wray & Nephew Rum
• 3/4 oz Old Monk Rum
• 1/2 oz Angostura Bitters
• 1 3/4 oz Mexican Coke (Sugar Coke)
Stir all but the Coke with ice. Strain into a rocks glass pre-rinsed with Herbsaint; add the Coke.