Nanette Lepore's Recipe for a Rum Lust Cocktail
July 09, 2012 | East End Eats
When it comes to social gatherings, “I like to start people off with a mixed drink because it quickly gets the party started,” says clothing designer and legendary hostess Nanette Lepore. “Before you know it, everyone is laughing and talking.” During the summers at her home in Amagansett, she loves to shake up a batch of this cocktail dubbed “The Rum Lust,” which is a delicious rum version of the French martini, with equal parts white and coconut rum, a hint of pineapple juice, and a drip of Chambord in the bottom of the glass. Whenever possible, she likes to use, Havana Club, a nice, Cuban sipping rum, for mixing the drink, which she serves alongside a big platter of charcuterie and cheese, bread and crackers, plus shrimp cocktail and extra-salty peanuts from Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett.
A meal fresh from the grill on the back deck, which has a beautiful view of Gardiners Bay, follows, with dinner music of Frank Sinatra or Brazilian tunes, then dance music as soon as the plates are cleared. In general, she says to never let the music stop to keep the energy of an evening upbeat. And her most tried and true tip for throwing a memorable party? “Never act uptight as the hostess,” she says. “Stay silly, and you’ll project fun onto the people around you.”
The Rum Lust
One part white rum
One part coconut rum
Drop of Chambord
Add the first three ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, pour into a martini glass with a drop of Chambord, and serve.
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