This complex Cuba Libre with Homemade Cola Syrup is inspired by a drink I tried in the Outer Banks! Difficult, but worth it.
I want to tell you a story. The story of one of the most incredible cocktails I’ve tasted in my life.
I’m usually the kind of person to visit the website of every restaurant on my itinerary and plan all my meals, but I decided to be a go-with-the-flow kind of person for my trip to The Outer Banks of North Carolina in June. (How is it already almost August, though?) At our first dinner at the 1587 Restaurant, I was mingling with the other bloggers. I had one look at the cocktail menu and knew instantly what I wanted. Who needs to plan anyway?!
The cocktail was the Cuba Libre. I would normally skim over a Cuba Libre on a menu — it’s a rum-and-Coke with lime. That’s it. Pretty standard bar fare.
But this one was different. Something caught my eye:
House-made cola syrup, the menu boasted. Rum distilled locally in the Outer Banks. Fresh lime juice.
I have a weakness for cocktails that have house-made ingredients. I also have a weakness for spirits from small, local, craft distilleries. This cocktail had my name all over it.