Old Sixteen Rum – A Crodino & Bacardi Lemon Cocktail

The Old Sixteen Rum is a variation on the Sixteen Rum. The original cocktail name apparently comes from a Count in Piedmont who served this drink to attract young and fashionable guests to his home. The cocktail then became popular with the elite and the more sophisticated circles of Italy, especially at receptions and parties. It is said that the drink is offered as a token of esteem and as a wish of success to guests (mainly in the field of love).

Today’s cocktail is a variation using Bacardi Limon and a 5yr Old Martini Rosso

25ml Martini Rosso 5yr Old
(I didn’t have any of this so I used normal Martini Rosso with a dash of Antica Formula)
100ml Crodino
25ml Bacardi Limon
Lemon Wedge, squeezed

The Taste

Very pleasant, the lemon bacardi makes a fresher, more furity drink and the Martini continues to add a complex herbal note with the dash of Antica bringing some deeper, more bitter notes. As before the balance between the Crodino, Bacardi Lemon and vermouth is spot on but this time there is even more flavour is even more intense.

Apparently this variation is popular at reunions of old friends and is thought to bring back memories of good times past. It also goes very well with a cigar.

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About DTS

partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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