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Rum Fix

Dissolve sugar, water, and lemon juice in the serving glass.  Add ice cubes or cracked ice and the rum.  Stir to combine.  Rub a lemon peel on the rim of the glass, express the oil on top of the drink and throw it in.  Decorate with a pineapple slice, orange slice, and/or berries in season.

Prep Time 1 minute
Servings 1
Category Fix
Tags 1840-1880 (Cocktails Arrive), 1880-1919 (Golden Age), Classic
Proof 46.5
Strength 1.3 standard drinks
Glass Old Fashioned or Rocks Glass
Temp Cold
Rum Fix
Rum Fix

This is the "midcentury" version Santa Cruz Rum Fix as described by David Wondrich in his book Imbibe!.  Midcentury refers to the mid-19th Century when Jerry Thomas published his first edition of The Bartender's Guide in 1862 which also contains this drink recipe.

There is a small addition made to the Rum Fix in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas's book - 1 tsp of Orange Curacao.  For me, this improves the drink slightly.  If adding the Curacao, cut the sugar back to a scant teaspoon to retain balance.

As with all Fixes, your base spirit needs to be a quality product.  There is a lot of base spirit compared to other ingredients so it will shine through (or ruin the drink).  Back during Jerry Thomas's day they used Santa Cruz rum in this drink.  Though aged, Santa Cruz rum was the lighter of the two styles of rum most often mentioned - the other being Jamaican rum.  So you can use a nice Virgin Islands aged rum to be authentic, but for this drink it's really up to you and what you like.  If you like funk-bombs by all means use the pot still Jamaican.  While messing around with two rums in my bar, I found this variation to be quite lovely:

  • 1 oz Scarlet Ibis rum
  • 1 oz Smith n Cross rum
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp superfine sugar
  • 1/2 oz water

Prepare as described above.  Because we are using a significant proportion of pot still rum in this variation, I have named it a Pot Fix.

Rating (Liquor & Drink)


Using Santa Teresa Gran Reserva rum and Gran Gala for the Curacao (late Century version).. 6/12/2012

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