Letter of Marque

Ryan Liloia | New York City

Named for the document that gave individuals permission to capture and raid “enemy” vessels on the high seas, the Letter of Marque is an ode to what were, essentially, pirates-for-hire. Ryan Liloia’s potent mixture of rums and sweet-tart juices all shaken up and dumped over ice, might provide the state of mind necessary to privateer one’s own vessel—preferably a tiki mug full of something strong.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces Plantation Panama 2002 rum
  • 1/2 ounce Plantation Overproof rum
  • 1/2 ounce Don's Spices #4 (see Editor's Note)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce ginger syrup (3:2; sugar:ginger juice)
  • 1/4 ounce passion fruit puree
  • 1/4 ounce Velvet Falernum
  • 4 slices pineapple
  • 3/4 ounce soda water

Garnish: pineapple slice and a mint sprig

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle ginger syrup with pineapple slices.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients (except soda water), add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Add soda water and strain over crushed ice into a pilsner glass.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a mint sprig.
Editor's Note

To make Don's Spices, crush 4 cinnamon sticks into small pieces. Combine with 1 cup of sugar and 8 ounces of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and drop to a simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain through a cheesecloth, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.