Spiced rum is such an easy way to bring flavors to a drink, it almost feels like cheating. Doubly so when it’s in a recipe that’s this easy to make, and so delicious.
The Cable Car is the brain child of mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, and is named for the cable-car tracks visible from The Starlight Room in San Francisco where Abou-Ganim invented the drink.
It’s a riff on the standard Sidecar template, with the spiced rum standing in for brandy. Like the Sidecar, it benefits from a sugared rim; here, Abou-Ganim spices it up with a pinch of cinnamon. If you’re not a fan of sugared rims, try it on just half of the edge of the glass and see which way you prefer it.
- 3 tbsp Granulated sugar or Brown sugar
- 1 dash Cinnamon
- 1½ parts Spiced rum
- ¾ parts Orange curaçao
- 1 part Lemon juice
- ½ part Simple syrup
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together on a small plate. Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass and dip in sugar. Shake the remaining ingredients with ice and strain into the sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
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- The Cable Car Cocktail: A Modern Classic with Spiced Rum on The Spruce