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Black Tuesday cocktail marks Tax Day

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April 15th is a day fraught with frantic, last minute trips to the post office, long hours spent digging through personal files and sometimes, big hits to the checking account. But this year, don’t give into the hassle and stress. Celebrate tax day with The Real McCoy Rum, because of the role it played in abolishing one of the darkest periods in American history: Prohibition.

When the Great Depression hit, income tax no longer provided the government with enough revenue, leaving Uncle Sam searching for money elsewhere. That other source became the taxation on the sale of liquor, which spurred the end of Prohibition, filling the federal reserves and delighting American imbibers.

This year’s looming Tax Day falls on a Tuesday -- giving double meaning to mixologist Brian van Flandern’s cocktail "The Black Tuesday," named for the infamous Stock Market Crash on Tuesday, October 29, 1929. This Prohibition-style cocktail tops the smooth finish of The Real McCoy 12-Year-Aged Rum with a splash of champagne -- to toast the end of another tax year.

Black Tuesday

1.5 oz. The Real McCoy 12 Year
.25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Black Sambuca
Muddled Mint
1 oz. Champagne

Glassware: Cocktail Coup
Garnish: Large Fresh Mint Leaf

Lightly rinse cocktail glass with Sambuca. Muddle mint in a mixing tin with lime juice and simple syrup. Add ice and The Real McCoy 12-Year-Aged Rum. Shake and strain into the cocktail glass. Top with champagne and garnish.

Robert Burr is the National Rum Examiner. He publishes Rob's Rum Guide and hosts the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise, in addition to organizing the International Rum Expert Panel (RumXP).