See this drink Iím holding? Itís one of my all-time favorite beverages: Bacardi + Diet Coke...basically it's a mean-and-lean Cuba Libre. Hereís how I do it:
2 oz light rum
4 or 5 oz Diet Coke
Cut up that lime into four pieces. Squeeze some lime juice into a collins glass (or plastic cup, like the one I'm holding). Throw ice into the glass. Pour rum, followed by some Diet Coke, and squeeze a bit more lime juice in there. Swirl it all around, and presto Ė youíve got yourself a cool beverage.
For my New Year's resolution I decided to drink more, and save more money. A pint-sized bottle of light Bacardi and a 2-liter of Diet Coke costs about $10. For the price of one cocktail at a downtown bar, you can make five or six of these on your own - so before you go out on the town, invite your friends over and mix some of these up for 'em (of course, remember to exercise caution).
Drinking Tip # 2
I love silent movies. (One of my favorite pastimes is popping Pandoraís Box into the ol' VCR, turning the volume down, and playing New Order or Joy Division on the stereo. Itís a perfect soundtrack for that Louise Brooks flick. But I digress...)
I was psyched when I stumbled across this recipe, named after the late great Mary Pickford. I havenít tried this myself, but it seems pretty decent if you dig fruity drinks.
2 oz light rum
2 oz pineapple juice
1 tsp grenadine
1 tsp maraschino cherry juice
Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes, shake well, then strain into a cocktail glass. Raise your glass, then knock it back.
-- Emily Sweeney
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