Outrigger Cocktail

Sour style cocktails are some of the most popular in the world: Margarita, Sidecar, Daiquiri, to name a few. Take a spirit, add juice from any citrus and a sweetening agent like simple syrup or your favorite liqueur and you have a sour style cocktail. This is essentially what Jeff “Beachbum” Berry did when he invented the Outrigger. Based upon the Sidecar, Jeff says this about his creation,“as with cognac in a Sidecar, the older the rum you use in the Outrigger, the better it tastes!” So, grab a great aged rum and get shaking!


2 oz Mount Gay Extra Old Rum

1 oz Cointreau

1/2 oz lemon juice


Shake with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.


Nick L. 15 Feb 2011
2:34 pm

I really enjoy rum drinks and I’m a bit surprised that I’ve never thought to try this.  It seems so obvious.  I’ve been using Zaya in cocktails recently and I’ve been satisfied with the results thus far, so it’s time for another test.

Mike M. 17 Feb 2011
2:03 pm

I wonder if anyone out there is using Patron Citronage in place of Cointreau.  I use it in place of Cointreau because I find it nearly indistinguishable and the price is significantly less.  Anyone else?  Am I missing something?

Nick L. 17 Feb 2011
2:16 pm

I really don’t think Cointreau and Cintronge can be considered interchangeable—they’re two different beasts.  Cointreau, I think, is smoother and has a much more genuine tasting notes of bright orange zest., whereas I feel as though Cintronge incorporates more flavor of the actual orange fruit and has considerably more alcohol heat/taste.  I much prefer Cointreau and I think it’s worth the price difference, especially since you don’t use very much of it at any given time.

Robert Hess 18 Feb 2011
5:43 am

I agree, Cintronge doesn’t have quite the same character as Cointreau, but it “is” a triple sec, and so from that standpoint is suiteable to use in this drink. I am all for experiementing with different brands and seeing which ones you feel drawn to, and if you find something cheaper that you like as good (or better!) than a more expensive option, then by all means go with it!

I personally however stick with Cointreau, even if it is expensive. There are some things it’s just worth spending the money on.

RoyWagner 4 Mar 2011
10:14 am

I didn’t have the Mount Gay Extra Old Rum, so I substituted Appleton Estate 12 yr Estate Hand Blended Jamaican Rum and it was outstanding!  So simple, yet so nice.

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