Lisa Brown is the beverage director at The Promontory in Chicago.
“Date Night” is a fun rum cocktail that was oddly inspired by a Thanksgiving dinner favorite: turkey! While in the midst of cooking a recipe for gravy that actually called for some of the ingredients used in this drink, I thought, “these flavors sure would work nicely in a cocktail.” The same night, Date Night was created!
The drink gets its savory notes from the nuttiness of the fino sherry and the addition of the date, peppercorn and rosemary trio. A long splash of club soda also provides a bit of effervescence. I’m a huge fan of the both the depth and the refreshment that you get from this cocktail!”
1 ½ oz. Mount Gay Black Barrel rum
½ oz. Fino sherry
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
1 oz. Medjool date-peppercorn-rosemary syrup
Topped with club soda
Add all ingredients to a shaker tin and shake. Strain drink into highball glass with ice using a Hawthorne strainer. Top with club soda. Garnish with lime wheel with a spring of rosemary poked into center.