According to A. S. Crockett's 1935 Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, the National Cocktail was one of the signature drinks at Havana's Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Mixologist Richard Boccato's version switches in smooth añejo rum for the National's white rum, uses lime juice instead of lemon and adds simple syrup.
Glassware Guide Reinvented Classic Cocktails
2 ounces añejo rum
1/4 ounce apricot liqueur
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
1 pineapple slice or lime wedge, for garnish
How to Make It
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the garnish; shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass; garnish with the pineapple.
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