As a bartender and entrepreneur of African American descent, Aaron Joseph sees more than just a drinking tradition in the Southside; he sees the legacy of Black bartenders in Baltimore’s country clubs, namely George Lee and Andrew Ervin. His recipe honors that legacy while mixing in his craft cocktail perspective, yielding a refreshing single-serving punch perfect for hot Baltimore summers.
- 2 ounces white rum, such as Don Q Cristal or El Dorado 3-year
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- 6-8 mint leaves
- club soda, to top
Garnish: mint bouquet, lemon wheel or dehydrated lemon wheel
- Combine rum, lemon juice, simple syrup and mint in a shaker with ice.
- Shake until chilled.
- Strain into a double rocks glass over 1.25-inch ice cubes.
- Top with about one and a half ounces of club soda.
- Garnish with mint and a lemon wheel.