The phrase "The Real McCoy" has made it's way into regular use in the American language, but many don't know exactly where the phrase originated. In 1920, after Prohibition began, Captain Bill McCoy was infamous for his "rum-running" escapades. The Captain always delivered top-notch rum, which in a sea of imposters helped to identify his rum as the genuine article, or "The Real McCoy".
The Real McCoy Rum is produced by the same distillers in the Barbados whom provided Captain McCoy the same rum almost a century ago. The rum is a lovely amber hue, with flavors of warm spice, caramel and toffee. It is also absent of banana notes, that often accompany some younger gold rums and even at 5 years, proves to be delightfully drinkable neat. It also performs masterfully in cocktails, and we opted to mix up a Rum Club Old Fashioned inspired by Mike Shea of The Rum Club.
Rum Club Old Fashioned
1.5 oz The Real McCoy Rum
.5 oz. Smith & Cross Rum
Dash simple syrup
Dash orange bitters
Add orange peel, bitters, and simple syrup to old-fashioned glass. Gently press the orange peel with a muddler to express essential oils. Add rums. Add ice (large cube). Enjoy by sipping slowly.