Now that the federal shutdown is over, you may feel like having a drink. The Fiscal Cliff is the perfect choice—it’s a complex cocktail that will make you laugh in the face of economic doom. Just don’t drink alone—this is a beverage to be shared. Don’t want the booze? The nonalcoholic option is similarly robust.
2 oz dark rum
1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
¼ oz Velvet Falernum*
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange slice.
The nonalcoholic recipe
8 mint leaves
3 dashes of rhubarb bitters* or orange bitters
¼ oz cane syrup or simple syrup
Combine 8 or so half-inch chunks of pineapple, mint leaves, 3 hard dashes of rhubarb bitters and the cane syrup or simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle well. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice, top with soda and garnish with a mint sprig.
Check out the rest of our recipes in the RoseRyan 20th Anniversary Cocktail Collection. Every one of these drinks has its charms, thanks to the fine mixologists at the Bull Valley Roadhouse in Port Costa, California, who invented them.