Key West Color Change Cocktail

About ten miles offshore of Key West, just past the reef, the water dramatically changes color from a greenish blue to a deep, deep blue.  This is a favorite spot for fishermen and a beautiful thing to see.  This cocktail was formulated by Key West Kitchen using our homemade Grenadine, and the color striation reminded us of the color change.  Make this drink strong and enjoy it by the ocean or the pool.

  • 1 ½ oz Mount  Gay rum
  • 1 ½ oz Hendricks gin
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Homemade Grenadine (see note)
  • Splash of soda water
  • Slice of lime

Mix rum, gin and orange juice in a shaker.  Pour into a cocktail glass, add Grenadine and top with soda.  Add a squeeze and slice of lime.

Note:  Homemade Grenadine is definitely worth the trouble.  Heat two cups of pomegranate juice over a low flame until it reduces by half.  Add a cup of sugar and dissolve.  Cool, then mix in about an ounce of vodka.  Keep in the freezer for three months (the vodka will keep it from freezing).

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