When Rome Burns

New England’s answer to the Daiquiri (as if New England needed one, other than to say “another, please”). This formula hails from Alexander Woolcott, the pudgy, dramatic, croquet-loving, mush-writing, and thoroughly impossible model for Sheridan Whiteside, the Man Who Came to Dinner in George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1941 comedy masterpiece of the same name (they made a movie out of it; see it). This used to be built upon a foundation of  New England rum, but they don’t make that anymore.

2 ounces dark, heavy rum
1/2 ounce lemon juice
2 teaspoons maple syrup

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.