Cable Car
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Cable Car
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.2 / 5
The Cable Car is a captivating cocktail that offers a harmonious blend of sweet and citrus notes, perfectly encapsulated within the realms of a classic cocktail glass. This delightful concoction ... more The Cable Car is a captivating cocktail that offers a harmonious blend of sweet and citrus notes, perfectly encapsulated within the realms of a classic cocktail glass. This delightful concoction brings together the soft, creamy texture of egg, the sweetness of sugar syrup, the sharpness of lemon juice, the complex citrusy depth of orange liqueur, and the warm, spiced undertones of spiced rum. Originating as a modern classic, the Cable Car stands as a testament to inventive mixology, boasting a flavor profile that cleverly balances rich spices with refreshing citrus, making it a popular choice for those who appreciate a cocktail with a sophisticated, multi-layered taste. Ideal for sipping on a relaxed evening, this cocktail is a must-try for enthusiasts looking to explore unique flavor combinations in their drinks.
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Spiced rum
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15% | 1.55 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Cable Car cocktail is a masterful blend of bold flavors and textures that celebrates the art of mixology. The combination of egg and sugar syrup adds a silky richness that beautifully complements the sharp zest of lemon juice and the sweet complexity of orange liqueur, while the spiced rum provides a warming kick that ties all the elements together seamlessly, creating a delightful dance of spicy and citrus notes on the palate. This cocktail is a flavorful journey, ideal for those who cherish deep, multi-dimensional taste experiences in their drinks.

Method
How to make a Cable Car

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
First, combine all the ingredients in a shaker without any ice and give it a vigorous shake
This "dry shake" helps to emulsify the mix, creating a smoother cocktail
Then, add ice to the shaker and shake once more, this time to chill and dilute the cocktail, enhancing its flavors
After the second shake, use a fine strainer to pour the cocktail into a chilled glass
This step ensures a smooth texture by removing any ice chips or unwanted residue
Enjoy your finely crafted cocktail, which should now have a perfect blend of flavor, temperature, and texture

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

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Cable Car cocktail?

The Cable Car cocktail was created in 1996 by Tony Abou-Ganim, a pioneering modern mixologist. It was developed in San Francisco, inspired by the city's famous cable cars. The drink is a variation on the classic Sidecar cocktail but uses spiced rum as its base spirit.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of rum for a Cable Car cocktail?

While the original Cable Car recipe calls for spiced rum to give it its distinctive flavor, you can experiment with different types of rum. Dark rum can provide a rich, deep flavor, while white rum will make the drink lighter and crisper. However, using a spiced rum is recommended to stay true to the cocktail's signature taste.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Cable Car cocktail?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of the Cable Car by substituting the spiced rum with a non-alcoholic rum alternative or a spiced syrup to mimic the cocktail's flavor profile. You would still use the other non-alcoholic ingredients as listed.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve a Cable Car cocktail?

The Cable Car cocktail is best served in a chilled cocktail glass. Sometimes, the rim of the glass is coated with sugar or a mix of sugar and cinnamon to complement the spiced flavors of the drink. It is ideally served cold but not shaken or stirred. This helps preserve the delicate balance of flavors without diluting the cocktail unnecessarily.

FAQ

How strong is a Cable Car cocktail compared to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of around 15%, the Cable Car cocktail is moderately strong compared to other classic cocktails. Its strength is somewhat similar to that of a traditional Margarita but less potent than a Martini. The Cable Car offers a balanced taste where the alcohol is present but not overwhelming, making it an enjoyable choice for those who prefer cocktails that aren't too strong.

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