Sunset Cocktail: The Abolitionist’s Old Fashioned

2 oz Privateer True American Rum
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1 cube Sugar
2 dashes Hell Bitters Orange
Splash of Soda Water

Muddle Sugar Bitters and Soda Water in an Old Fashioned glass until they are beaten mercilessly. Fill with ice adding the Rum and Grand Marnier.

The original recipe called for Hurricane Rum (I figured another Massachusetts brand would do) and Napoleon Liqueur which could be considered similar enough to Grand Marnier for this purpose.

I can’t believe I forgot to post this yesterday (guess I was too distracted by a new phone to finish the post). While February 6th doesn’t mark any kind of drinking holiday per se, it does maek the anniversary of the 1858 brawl in the House of Representatives here in the good ol’ U.S. of  ‘Murica. “The altercation began between Laurence Keitt of South Carolina and abolitionist Galusha Grow of Pennsylvania…” Those were the days, eh?

That being said, this particular cocktail was actually made in honor of a Congressional beatdown in 1856 of Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner (another abolitionist)at the hands of Sen. Preston Brooks of South Carolina further proving our politics have always been pretty well fucked.

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