1/2 jigger Lightbourn's Barbados Rum (1 oz Tommy Bahama Gold)
Juice of 1 Lime (1/2 oz)
1 dash Falernum (1/2 oz Velvet)
1 dash Maraschino (1/4 oz Luxardo)
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. I floated a lime slice for garnish.
Two Tuesdays ago, I turned to Crosby Gaige's 1941 Cocktail Guide & Ladies' Companion for the evening's libation. In the rum section was the Charley's Royal Reserve Cocktail named after a Jamaican rum brand that was founded in 1892 according to the Peter's Rum Labels. Edwin Charley was not a fan of the overly flavorful Jamaican rums and decided to create a lighter blend, and through the years after his death, the rum brand changed hands with various degrees of success with its current resting place in the Wray & Nephew portfolio. In addition, the Royal Reserve was listed in the Don the Beachcomber's rum cellar around the time of the cocktail book's publication as a 15 year rum. The Lightbourn Rum label was a bit less well known with the New York Public Library putting it on two Manhattan menus in 1940 and 1953 respectively which coincides well with the cocktail book publication.