Ruy Lopez
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Ruy Lopez
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.63 / 5
This simple golden Mai Tai derivative was originally served in the historic Grain or Shine Bar in Augusta, Georgia, to celebrate the Master's Golf Tournament. This simple golden Mai Tai derivative was originally served in the historic Grain or Shine Bar in Augusta, Georgia, to celebrate the Master's Golf Tournament.
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Base ingredient
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Spiced rum
Alcohol content
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29.09% | 9.6 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Ruy Lopez

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the Sailor Jerry, triple sec, and lime juice to a shaker with ice
Shake well and strain into chilled glass, then serve
~ Add ice if desired. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Ruy Lopez cocktail served cold but specifically shaken and not stirred?

Shaking the Ruy Lopez cocktail rather than stirring is a technique used to achieve a well-mixed drink that is evenly chilled throughout. This method helps to dilute the cocktail to the perfect balance, as the vigorous shaking with ice not only cools the drink rapidly but also introduces a small amount of water, softening the sharpness of the alcohol and marrying the flavors of triple sec, lime juice, and spiced rum smoothly.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What makes a whisky glass the preferred serving option for a Ruy Lopez cocktail?

A whisky glass, also known as a lowball or rocks glass, is preferred for the Ruy Lopez cocktail due to its wide brim and sturdy base, which allows for an optimal tasting experience. The wide brim helps in the dispersal of the cocktail's aromatic components, enhancing the drink's aroma and flavor. Moreover, the sturdy base is ideal for drinks that are served cold and possibly with ice, providing a comfortable grip and stability.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of rum if I don't have spiced rum for the Ruy Lopez cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute another type of rum if spiced rum is unavailable for the Ruy Lopez cocktail. A dark rum or aged rum can be a good alternative, offering a rich flavor that can complement the sweet and citrus notes of the triple sec and lime juice. However, keep in mind that using a different type of rum will alter the final taste of the cocktail, possibly reducing the spiced notes characteristic of spiced rum.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Ruy Lopez compare to general cocktails?

The Ruy Lopez cocktail has an alcohol content of approximately 29.09%, positioning it slightly higher than many standard cocktails, which tend to have an alcohol content ranging from 20% to 25%. This makes the Ruy Lopez a stronger choice, best enjoyed slowly to appreciate its balanced blend of flavors while also being mindful of its potency.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish would complement the flavors of the Ruy Lopez cocktail?

For the Ruy Lopez cocktail, a lime wheel or a thin slice of orange could serve as an excellent garnish. The citrus element of the lime wheel can intensify the cocktail's lime juice component, adding a fresh zest and visual appeal. Alternatively, the subtle sweetness of an orange slice can provide a nice contrast to the spiciness of the rum and the tartness of the lime juice, giving the drink a more rounded flavor profile.

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