MacArthur Cocktail

by Stevi on August 28, 2009

in Cocktails,Rum

I found this lovely little cocktail when revisting the cocktails listed in the back of Wayne Curtis’ And a Bottle of Rum.

MacArthur Cocktail

MacArthur Cocktail

MacArthur Cocktail

1.5 ounces light rum
1 barspoon dark rum
0.75 ounces triple sec
dash of egg white (Cointreau)

I made this with Appleton white rum and Zacapa Centenario. The result was very light and refreshing, and surprisingly not as sweet as I expected with such a relatively high dose of liqueur to liquor.

I presume the drink was named in honor of General MacArthur, but the only information I can find on it is in the Stork Club Bar Book, Lucius Beebe put it on par with the daiquiri and the Cuba Libre in terms of great rum drinks.

I just may add this to the daiquiri as a goto recipe for testing out rums.

Be sure to use a flavorful dark rum to bring some depth to the final drink.

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Matt Robold August 31, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I’ll be damned if Wayne’s book doesn’t have some of the best rum drinks ever assembled. It was through Wayne’s book that I found the El Presidente, which has become my go-to for any aged rum.

I’ve had the MacArthur Cocktail once, I really need to revisit it. Do you feel that the Zacapa is absolutely the way to go with the dark rum or would something like Zaya or even Coruba be a better fit?


Stevi August 31, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I think I will have to experiment with different dark rums to see what works best!


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