A Southern Cocktail for a Snowy Week

Cocktail - snow
One snowstorm down, two more to go this week (forget the Groundhog Day prediction for an early spring). For a diversion, I pulled out Charleston Receipts (Junior League of Charleston, 1950) from my shelf full of Southern cookbooks. The “Simons’ Special” looked like the right potency to follow a bout of shoveling or cross-country skiing.

Out came the cocktail shaker, gin, light rum, and a lemon. For garnish, I cut up a limequat – a cross between a key lime and a kumquat that I saw for the first time at the supermarket and couldn’t resist trying. It looked like a miniature lemon but tasted even more sour so I wouldn’t recommend eating it plain. Here is my adaptation of the simple, bracing cocktail. If you use dark rum, add another jigger of gin. Tomorrow? Let it snow!

cocktail - charleston simons' specialSimons’ Special Cocktail (1950)
Serves 1-2

1 jigger (3 tablespoons) light rum
2 jiggers gin
2 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon sugar (or to taste)

  1. Mix together the rum and gin.
  2. In a separate container, mix the lemon juice, water and sugar.
  3. Pour into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Strain. Add more ice, garnish with a lemon slice, and serve.

Note (from the original recipe): The lemon mixture should be sweetened so it just off the tart side. Do not sweeten too much, as a rum drink does not need much sugar.

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About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers: hamburgers shaped like squares and peanut butter sandwiches. Fast forward 100 years and 500 miles north from my hometown of Richmond, Virginia to Boston, Massachusetts. Somehow, I ended up with a cooking gene as well as an interest in history and family stories. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and stories -- and other American recipes with a past. What do you have to share?
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