Hotel Nacional Cocktail

hotel nacional Named after the Havana bar that played host to a notorious set of celebrities back in its heyday, the Hotel Nacional cocktail combines rum, fresh juice and apricot liqueur. Light rum makes up the base in the original recipe, which Charles H. Baker updated to gold rum in The Gentleman’s Companion. In The New Cocktail Hour, authors André and Tenaya Darlington split the difference for an even mix.

¾  oz. light rum
¾  oz. gold rum
¼ oz. apricot liqueur
¾  oz. fresh pineapple juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: coupe
Garnish: lime wheel

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Float a lime wheel on the surface.

Reprinted with permission from The New Cocktail Hour © 2016 by André Darlington & Tenaya Darlington, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.