Next time you’re in New Orleans, stop for a libation at the Black Duck Bar, located on the second floor inside Dickie Brennan’s Palace Cafe. Its namesake is The Black Duck speedboat, which was powered by twin Victory aircraft engines and was the fastest rum-running boat from Cuba to the East Coast of America, bringing rums during Prohibition to a thirsty nation. It was faster than any U.S. Coast Guard craft. Chases were inevitable, but catches weren’t happening. The Black Duck Bar pays homage to the boat and its cargo. More than 110 rums are available for sipping or, in the hands of the expert cocktail team, in a wide variety of fine rum-based cocktails. Thankfully, America came to its senses, and now enjoying such delightful beverages is perfectly legal.
Foster the People
Makes one cocktail
• 2 oz Ron Matusalem Clasico Solera 10-yr Rum
• .5 oz Giffard Banane du Brésil
• .5 oz Poirier’s cane syrup
• .25 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 3-5 dashes El Guapo® Polynesian Kiss Bitters
• Orange peel, for garnish
In a shaker over ice, pour Rum, banana liqueur, cane syrup and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into coupe. Top with dashes of bitters to taste, and garnish with an orange peel before serving.