Lucky Rum Recipe

Colt & Gray mixologist develops 12/12/12 cocktail

Ron Abuelo Rums asked 12 mixologists throughout the U.S. to create signature cocktail as a toast to the 2012 holiday season — especially to commemorate the 12/12/12 date, the lucky likes of which won’t happen again for a long time. Kevin Burke of Colt & Gray is one of thechosen dozen to mix a special cocktrail for one of the luckiest days of the year. Kevin created “Catherine’s Cup,” t0 be featured on 12/12/12 and throughout the holiday season. He used Ron Abuelo 12 Años, a fine dark aged rum from Panama, and took further inspiration from the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Frankly, I have no idea where the name Catherine’s Cup came from, but here’s what it is:

Catherine’s Cup
Created by mixologist Kevin Burke of Colt & Gray (Denver)

2 oz. Ron Abuelo 12 Años
1/2 oz. Orgeat Syrup
1/4 oz. orange liqueur
1 dash Angostura Bitters
sprig of fresh mint
1 whole coffee bean

Add the Ron Abuelo 12 Años, syrup, orange liqueur and bitters to the base of a julep tin.  Stir briefly to combine, then fill with crushed ice.  Using a bar spoon begin to churn the mixture thoroughly chilling and diluting the cocktail. Add more crushed ice to top over the tin and briefly place the cocktail in the freezer to set the ice and frost the glass. Garnish with a generous mint sprig and a fine grating of a coffee bean and serve with a straw.