The Airmail cocktail is similar to a classic Daiquiri, with it's rum-lime-sweetness combo, but with the addition of two very appealing things: honey and champagne. Honey adds a roundness of flavor and champagne...well, there isn't much that can't be improved upon with a splash of champagne.
But Marisa and I never pass up a chance to pull out a coup glass - and we chose to keep the ingredient list simple (champagne is always the star for us, anyway). We got our recipe from the PDT Cocktail Book, which uses a version from a 1941 book by W.C. Whitfield called Here's How, including the note, "it ought to make you fly high." That's a hard review to ignore.
The result was tart and sweet with just the right amount of fizz, the honey and champagne softening the rum. It's a rum cocktail reminiscent of 1940's Havana, as opposed to 1997 Cancun. Whip yourself up one and fly high this weekend! Happy Friday!
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)