Thursday, March 7, 2013

Two at a Time

Till the break of day we’re gonna set ’em up
Two at a time
Just be’s better that way when you set ’em up
Two at a time
Set up till the morning
Don’t say boys we don’t give you no warning
Till the break of day were gonna set ’em up

Two at a time
—Andy Bean, Two at a Time

We had some people over from work for a classic cocktail session, tasting lots of things in miniature portions—a fun evening. As someone who makes drinks primarily for guests at home, I often find myself mixing rounds of the same drink in quantity. Maybe I ought to get me some of that fancy vintage home bar gear that was designed for this purpose—big mixing vessels with fun decorations and ingenious pouring spouts, matching cocktail glasses, serving trays that look like carousels—but I never seem to get around to it. Maybe next time.

Anyway, I’d like to have the folks from work over again. They were a game crowd. The runaway hit that party was the Jack Rose, a favorite here at the Lounge. Seems funny that folks order these faddish pomegranate syrup things lots of times without realizing that it’s just good old grenadine. Here’s something similar.

Demerara Rose
  • 4 oz Demerara rum (El Dorado 8)
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine (Small Hand Foods)
Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glasses. Makes two.

My own current favorite variation of the rum and grenadine sour. My guests who liked the Jack Rose might try this one. Where the Jack Rose is snappy, this one’s rich and velvety.


  1. Calling grenadine "pomegranate syrup" to guests?... That's fucking genius. I'm going to try that.

    This thing looks really tasty. I like the addition of lime in there to somewhat complement the rum, though I know a lot of folk like their Jack Roses with lime instead of lemon (not me, though). I'm going to have to try this, but oddly, it's tough to find mid-grade demerara here in VA (an ABC state). You can occasionally find ED 3, and it's actually even easier to find ED12 or the monstrous (and glorious) ED15. Shit, I'm not even sure that I've HAD ED8! Looks like I'll need to trek over to DC and find a bottle.


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