The Southern Cross is a cocktail that is most likely named after the star constellation Crux commonly known as the Southern Cross.
I stumbled upon a blog post by my friend Trader Magnus which featured this interesting cocktail from the book “The Flowing Bowl” by William Schmidt’s in 1891.
I decided i needed to try this one, and then I also made a twist of it using Smith & Cross rum instead of Cruzan and Grand Marnier instead of orange Curacao and finally a pineapple infused soda water.
It`s important to not use too much soda or mineral water in this drink, it will become too dilluted I found out, so use only a little.
The recipe doesn`t call for any garnish so it`s not really necessary but since I happened to have both fresh cherries and pineapple at home I decided to use them.
There`s also a Swedish version from a book called Cocktails by Elsa af Trolle from 1927 with a slightly different recipe. I was forewarned that the Swedish version used too much sugar (1 tbsp) so it may be taken down to 1 barspoon.
But let´s start with the one using Smith & Cross Jamaican rum ( just because this rum is so damned good) I give it a new name since there´s more changes than just brand of base spirit.
SMITH & SOUTHERN CROSS
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz homemade demerara syrup
1.5 oz Smith & Cross rum
0.5 oz brandy
Dash Grand Marnier
Dash of pineapple infused soda water to top
Shake, and strain into a double old fashioned glass with crushed ice Garnish with speared pineapple chunk.
I would say that the Smith and Cross is what makes this cocktail the most. I also tried this recipe with aged Cachaca (Abelha Gold) and equal parts fresh lime and kalamansi juices and it was quite delicious.
Here`s the original Southern Cross from “The Flowing Bowl”
The juice of 1 lime
A dash of mineral water
a spoonful of sugar
2/3 of St. Croix rum
1/3 of brandy
1 dash of curacao
Stir this well, fill your glass with fine ice, stir again and strain into a sour glass.
I didn´t have any Cruzan so i used Plantation Barbados instead. It was a bit too sour with juice from one whole lime in my opinion, but then again our Brazilian limes here are as big as two ordinary limes.
The Swedish recipe from the book Cocktails by Elsa af Trolle from 1927 follows here:
SOUTHERN CROSS (Swedish version from Cocktails 1927)
The juice of 1 lemon
Dash of soda water
A tblsp of sugar
2/3 of St. Croix rum ( Cruzan)
1/3 of cognac
1 dash of orange curacao
Stir this well, fill your glass with fine ice, stir again and strain into a sour glass. The Swedish recipe suggests shaking the ingredients and strain into a glass with some ice cubes.
A tablespoon of sugar might be too much, depending on how large your lemon is, so adjust accordingly.
To sum it up, the name of this cocktail is more exotic than the cocktail itself but since this cocktail is so simple it lends itself for playing around with – try different rums! Also it might be nice to sweeten partly with honey.
Overall a quite pleasant cocktail and worth trying out but not one of those that i keep.