Cable Car

Tony Abou-Ganim, Starlight Room | San Francisco

Cable Car Rum Cocktail Recipe

Tony Abou-Ganim created this drink as the signature cocktail at the Starlight Room. As the sugared rim hints at, it’s model was the Brandy Crusta of 19th-century fame. It remains his best known original cocktail.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces Captain Morgan spiced rum
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce Curaçao
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • cinnamon sugar (1:1, cinnamon:sugar mixture), for rimming

Garnish: orange twist

  1. Prepare a chilled coupe rimmed with cinnamon sugar.
  2. Combine rum, lemon juice, Curaçao and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake ingredients with ice until chilled, about 15 seconds.
  4. Strain into prepared coupe and garnish with an orange twist.
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(n.) Rum is a spirit made from fermented sugar cane juice or any of its byproducts, including molasses and syrup. It must be distilled at less than 190 proof and bottled at more than 80 proof. There are almost no legal categories for production methods, save for rhum agricole, an appellation of the French West [...] More A-Z →