1 3/4 oz Smith & Cross Rum
3/4 oz Five Spice Syrup (recipe)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
Shake with ice and strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with 2-3 oz ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge and add a straw.
The drink that bartender John Nugent made for Andrea was the 1788 Buck. The recipe was crafted by Citizen's Chad Arnholt who named the drink after the year the Smith & Cross distillery's lineage can be traced back to in Jamaica. The Buck began with a fresh lime aroma that was balanced by the rum's funk. Next, the lime, ginger notes, and carbonation offered up a crisp sip; the swallow got rather interesting with the Smith & Cross funky rum flavors mixing with more ginger and the five spice notes especially the star anise.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.