Drink Like Hemingway with a Josie Russell Cocktail

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A gentleman by the name of Joe Russell had a bar in Key West, Florida. During Prohibition, he used his charter fishing boat to run booze from Cuba. And he was quite the fisherman himself. With habits like those, it's no wonder Russell and Hemingway became fast friends. Hemingway was one of Russell's customers during Prohibition. Early in Hemingway's writing career, Russell would cash Hemingway's checks that the bank wouldn't take. Later, Hemingway would base the character Freddy in To Have and Have Not on Russell.

Hemingway wrote down the recipe for Josie's cocktail while out on a fishing trip on Russell's boat. You can mix up a big batch, or have just one for yourself. Or do like Hemingway probably did, and have a pitcher for yourself.

Josie Russell
For a single serving:
¾ ounce lime juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
1 ½ ounces light rum
4 ounces hard apple cider

For a pitcher:
2 ounces lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
4 ½ ounces light rum
12 ounces hard apple cider

Build over ice. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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