Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker



I love to invent new drinks. They’re not usually made up of whole cloth, though. I find a recipe that catches my eye and automatically think “what if?” These are the recipes I’m willing to share.





Several years ago, I found one called Expense Account that used several types of rum, most compellingly, blackstrap rum. Molasses is an amazing flavor, as many bakers know. Rich, spicy, sweet, it conjures thoughts of ginger cookies and secret family recipes.

Tinkering with it came later, when a friend gifted me with a bottle of blackstrap rum. As I usually do, I made the recipe exactly as written and gave it a taste. It was a potent potable, given the three kinds of liquor in it. It struck me as a masculine drink, an alpha-male braggart sort of drink. Naturally, I thought of those types of men and images of riches came to mind. And the best way to exploit those is through their egos.

Now, I’ve been writing about my con artist jewel thief Jules Brand for some time. I tend to look at the world through his celadon eyes. What he needed to lubricate a mark was a good, strong drink. A manly drink. A manly man’s drink. A drink that would go straight to the head and befuddle the senses. To further emphasize the richness of it, this drink needed gold and champagne.

And thus, the Millionaire Mark was born. Enjoy, but keep one hand on your wallet.

Millionaire Mark (serves 1)

1/2 oz Aged Rum                                                  Cherry Bitters

1/2 oz Blackstrap Rum                                          Goldschlager

1/2 oz Spiced Rum                                                Champagne or sparkling wine

1/2 oz Kirsch

Rinse a coupe glass with Goldschlager. Combine rums, Kirsch and bitters and stir with ice. Strain into glass and top with champagne. Garnish cherry.

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