An Easy-to-Drink Rum Cocktail

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

From Kenny Rosen

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy,” goes the song…and so it is. Summer in Telluride means you don’t have to shovel the snow off your car or wear wool socks, and here in the mountains, it’s never so hot that you’ll need air conditioning. The days are long and full of fun, so it’s best to keep your entertaining simple: Kenny Rosen gave us the formula for his fabulous new favorite, an easy-to-drink cocktail named for a classic children’s movie—Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


3 oz. homemade sweet and sour
(3 cups each water and sugar, 2 cups each lemon and lime juice)

1 oz. rum

1 oz. triple sec (orange liqueur)

1 oz. Midori (melon liqueur)

0.5 oz. grenadine

splash of soda

To Prepare:

Make the homemade sweet and sour beforehand: Dissolve the sugar and water over medium heat, then bring it to a boil; let the syrup cool.

Mix the syrup, lemon and lime juice and chill.

Rim a tall glass with sugar. Pour the rum, triple sec and Midori over ice; add sweet and sour mix, grenadine and a splash of soda. Shake or stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry.