A Wray and Nephew Welcome

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I just got back from Copenhagen for the MAD Symposium. I left inspired in ways that I still can't articulate. Unfortunately, I also brought back a cold with me.

As soon as I got back home to Atlanta, I found myself wishing I had a stray bottle of Wray and Nephew rum somewhere around my loft. Any Jamaican will tell you that it's the magic elixir for getting rid of a cold. First, you pour a little in the palm of your hand. Then, take a strong sniff until it tickles your nose and leads to a cough. Finally, rub vigorously on your chest (I'm not sure if it has to be done vigorously, but as a child I couldn't help but think that it was done with a little extra force than needed). After that--and no matter your age--you pour a little more in the distinct yellow cap and take a sip. By morning, the cold will be gone.

This is the earliest memory that I have of alcohol. I have many more stories to tell, but I think this is the clearest example as to why I view it as something that can be healing and should be cherished.

Years ago when I first opened my bar, my greatest joy was discovering that the best daiquiri that I could make is with Wray and Nephew Rum. I'll dive into cocktailing (now a word) and perfect daiquiris as we continue this journey. But as I nurse the final leg of this cold, this feels like the perfect place to start. Welcome to Holy Sip. 

 
 

Wray and Nephew Daiquiri

2 oz. Wray and Nephew Rum
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice

1. Pour rum, lime and sugar in shaker.
2. Fill with ice.
3. Shake vigorously until ice breaks up and ingredients are perfectly chilled.
4. Strain into a cocktail glass.
5. Garnish with lime wheel.