Monday, August 13, 2007

Cable Car

The Cable Car is a modern classic. The brilliant orange-copper color and a rich, complex flavor have made the Cable Car a favorite of many bartenders. This Sidecar variation has appeared on cocktail lists everywhere. The deceptively simple recipe was created in San Francisco by Tony Abou-Ganim.

Cable Car

2 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 oz. Orange Curacao
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

Stir over ice and strain into a cinnamon/sugar rimmed cocktail glass.

I like my Cable Car to be crystal clear, but I think if you get one of these at one of Tony's bars, you'll get some Frothee in it. Frothee provides a creamy texture and a frothy head. But Frothee contains Propylene Glycol, and I'm not a big fan of having Propylene Glycol in my cocktails. If you like a frothy head and creamy texture, you can add the following to the recipe instead.

optional: 1/2 teaspoon egg white.
(shaken not stirred, in this case)

If you live in a control state like Pennsylvania, and you can't find any spiced rum close at hand, you can make your own. Here is the Kaiser Penguin Spiced Rum recipe. (Rick came up with this in about ten seconds, it may require a few minor adjustments.)

The Kaiser Penguin Spiced Rum

Take 4 oz. amber rum
Pour into a jar you can seal
Add 2 cinnamon sticks
5 pepper corns
2 whole nutmeg
8 allspice
6 cloves
shake like mad for 2 minutes
and strain through cheese cloth.

Rick made a Cable Car with his homemade Spiced Rum and pronounced it interesting.

"Wow," he said "the orange, cloves, and spices are paired well with the lemon juice!"

Deceptively simple. also has a spiced-rum recipe for the do-it-yourself types and residents of PA.

The theme for this month's Mixology Monday is Orange. The host is Gwen over at the Intoxicated Zodiac blog. Check in over there for the full wrap-up. Special thanks to Kaiser Penguin for the inspiration and the last minute Spiced Rum recipe.

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Blogger Kaiser Penguin said...


Nice post. :) I think I'd amend my recipe to allow the ingredients to steep for a day or so. The shaking mad for two minutes was a quick fix for a drink that had to be created in 5 minutes!

I love the picture too. Great work!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Michael Dietsch said...

Hell, I'd probably prefer the homemade version to the Cap'n Morgan anyway.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me too. Maybe Sailor Jerry's for that added kick?

I'm going to try this one out tonight at work, with, alas, the Captain.

2:49 PM  
Blogger CatBoy said...

I was doing online searches and ended up here. I have a question unrelated to this specific post, but thought you might be able to help.

I am looking for Regan's Orange and Peychaud's Bitters and was wondering if you know of a place in the Bay Area where I can get them. I can order them online ( but the shipping is more than the bitters.

PS. I intend to use the Regan's to make your Rob Roy.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I'll try it if I can ever afford the supplies.

9:26 PM  
Blogger jimmyp said...

Charles, I'm looking into the ROB and Peychaud's. I'm checking with the distributor, if they respond, I'll let you know.

8:21 AM  
Blogger CatBoy said...

Thanks so much.

9:03 AM  
Blogger erik.ellestad said...

I know the folks at Plump Jack have been struggling with the distributor to get them to bring the Regan's Orange into the area.

You might drop them a note to see where they are in their battle. I'm pretty sure they were hoping to have them some time this summer.

Plump Jack and John Walker & Co both carry most of the Fee's Bitters.

You used to be able to get the ROB from the Buffalo Trace website giftshop. Oddly I don't see them there anymore. LeNell's in Brooklyn might be a possibility.

5:06 PM  
Blogger jimmyp said...

I talked to the California distributor. They have no stock, and don't have an open P.O. for more stock of R.O.B.

Could this be the end of the line for R.O.B?

5:36 PM  
Blogger erik.ellestad said...


I hope not.

The useless contact form on the Buffalo Trace website is broken (fucking IIS).

I don't have any Buffalo Trace contact info; but, I'll send a note to LeNell's. They might know what is up.

9:40 AM  

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