MxMo: Fruit Liqueurs — Canton Cocktail

by Stevi on April 14, 2008

in Liqueurs,Mixology Monday,Rum

Mixology Monday: Fruit Liqueur Anna at Morsels and Musings certainly gave me something to think about when she chose Fruit Liqueurs for this month’s Mixology Monday. I tend to shy away from really sweet cocktails.

Initially, I thought about using this as a good justification for picking up a bottle like creme de cassis or even chambord, but decided I’d stick to what was already in my cabinet, which left me with orange liqueur and maraschino.

Canton Cocktail with ingredients When I first started obsessively reading cocktail recipes on the web, one of the first I bookmarked as something to make when I had all the ingredients was the Canton Cocktail at the Drinkboy site. I hadn’t yet picked up a bottle of Maraschino liqueur, so I added it my bookmarks to remember to try it later.

Tonight, I picked up a bottle of Appleton Estate, and decided to give the Canton a try for MxMo. I thought maybe I should try something a little more fruit liqueur dominant for the spirit of the thing, but the Canton appealed because of its mix of two different fruit flavors.

This is a really pleasant drink. It is a bit sweet, but the rum balances it. The equal parts of orange and maraschino play very nicely. The orange does seem slighty more dominant, although that may be a factor of the influence of the orange twist. The grenadine makes a nice extra dash to brighten the drink.

Canton Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces Jamaican rum (Appleton Estate)
1/4 ounce orange curaçao (Harlequin)
1/4 ounce Maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
1 dash grenadine

stir over ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with cherry and orange twist

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