Captain’s Blood: a daiquiri fit for a pirate

capt. blood 3If you had been wrongfully convicted of treason, sold into slavery, then managed to escape, you’d turn pirate, too. I know the drink is called Captain’s Blood, but I could not help but be reminded of the best swashbuckler ever made. Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Basil Rathbone, directed by Michael Curtiz with a music score by Eric Korngold, and based on the book by Rafael Sabatini, how could it not be great. It also has one of the best sword fights in cinematic history. If you have not seen this film, go find it and watch it. I’m serious, they don’t get any better than this. While there are many versions of the Captain’s Blood cocktail out there, there is only one “Captain Blood.” Did I mention that it had Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland and one of the best sword fights in cinematic history? I did? Right, then, on with the cocktail. “It’s cutlasses, now,men!”

What makes this drink unique and sets it apart from a daiquiri is the use of bitters. Also, this recipe highlights the rum; the other ingredients are going to play supporting roles. If you don’t have any fresh limes in the house, go get some before you make this drink.

Blood (Flynn): Such a partnership requires sober thought. My poor head has been dancing with rum this whole week past.

Levasseur (Rathbone): Even so drunk, your brain is the greatest this side of the Caribbean. With your brain and my strength, there is nothing we cannot do.

Blood: But there’s very little I can’t do all by myself.

As with any cocktail, you can adjust the citrus to taste, but the following is a good place to start.

1 ½ oz Dark Rumcapt. blood

¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice

¼ oz Simple Syrup

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice until cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The bitters add a lot to this drink, so don’t leave them out. So, “up that rigging, you monkeys! Aloft! There’s no chains to hold you now. Break out those sails and watch them fill with the wind that’s carrying us all to freedom!”

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Levasseur: You’ll not take her [Olivia de Havilland] while I live.            Blood: Then I’ll take her when you’re dead!