Cable Car Cocktail Drink

Cable Car

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want a flavorful cocktail that’s easy to whip up? This Cable Car Cocktail recipe is your answer! It’s a drink that will surely delight your taste buds.

Cable Car Cocktail Recipe

Fall calls for this uncomplicated Cable Car Cocktail recipe! The blend of spiced rum, lemon juice, and orange curaçao makes it a refreshing choice.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

195 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Spiced Rum
  • ¾ oz orange Curaçao
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Lemon twist, for garnish, optional
  • Cinnamon sugar rim, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your coupe glass with some ice cubes.
  • Combine Ingredients: In your cocktail shaker, pour in ½ oz simple syrup, ¾ oz lemon juice, ¾ oz orange Curaçao, and 1½ oz Spiced Rum.
  • Prep shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake: Give everything a good shake until well combined.
  • Prep glass: Empty your coupe glass and rim it with cinnamon sugar if desired.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your prepared coupe glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon twist for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Spiced Rum: If you don't have spiced rum, use regular dark rum and add a pinch of your favorite baking spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to mimic the flavor.
  • Orange Curaçao: Triple sec or another orange liqueur can be used as a substitute for orange curacao. It will still give that citrusy kick but with a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh is best, but bottled lemon juice can work, too, if you're in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Cable Car Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That's 12 oz of spiced rum, 6 oz of orange curacao, 6 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher with ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual cinnamon sugar-rimmed coupe glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Spiced Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the rum flavor without the alcohol.
  • Orange Curaçao Substitute: You can use an orange extract mixed with simple syrup to replace the orange curacao.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your simple syrup is made with vegan-friendly sugar. Some sugars are processed using bone char, which is not vegan. Look for organic or beet sugars, as they are typically vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your simple syrup is vegan, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Cable Car Cocktail.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
195
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Potassium
 
32
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Cable Car Cocktail Drink

Cable Car Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Fall calls for this uncomplicated Cable Car Cocktail recipe! The blend of spiced rum, lemon juice, and orange curaçao makes it a refreshing choice.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 195

Ingredients
 

  • oz Spiced Rum
  • ¾ oz orange Curaçao
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Lemon twist - for garnish, optional
  • Cinnamon sugar rim - optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your coupe glass with some ice cubes.
  • Combine Ingredients: In your cocktail shaker, pour in ½ oz simple syrup, ¾ oz lemon juice, ¾ oz orange Curaçao, and 1½ oz Spiced Rum.
  • Prep shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake: Give everything a good shake until well combined.
  • Prep glass: Empty your coupe glass and rim it with cinnamon sugar if desired.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your prepared coupe glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon twist for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Spiced Rum: If you don't have spiced rum, use regular dark rum and add a pinch of your favorite baking spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to mimic the flavor.
  • Orange Curaçao: Triple sec or another orange liqueur can be used as a substitute for orange curacao. It will still give that citrusy kick but with a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh is best, but bottled lemon juice can work, too, if you're in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Cable Car Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That's 12 oz of spiced rum, 6 oz of orange curacao, 6 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher with ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual cinnamon sugar-rimmed coupe glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Spiced Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the rum flavor without the alcohol.
  • Orange Curaçao Substitute: You can use an orange extract mixed with simple syrup to replace the orange curacao.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your simple syrup is made with vegan-friendly sugar. Some sugars are processed using bone char, which is not vegan. Look for organic or beet sugars, as they are typically vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your simple syrup is vegan, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Cable Car Cocktail.

What is a Cable Car Cocktail?

A Cable Car Cocktail is a rum-based sour cocktail made of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, orange curaçao, and lemon juice. It’s not difficult to make as it only requires shaking the ingredients with ice and straining them into a glass.

A side shot of a Cable Car cocktail in a cocktail glass on a yellow tray placed on a beige table surrounded by a green cloth and a bowl with lemon pieces

What is a Cable Car Cocktail made of – The ingredients

The following items are needed to concoct a Cable Car Cocktail:

  • Spiced Rum: This is the base spirit of the Cable Car cocktail. It adds a warm, spicy flavor that forms the backbone of the drink.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy citrus note to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Simple Syrup: This sweetener helps to mellow out the lemon juice’s tartness and enhances the cocktail’s overall flavor profile.
  • Orange Curaçao: An orange-flavored liqueur that hints at citrusy sweetness and complexity to the cocktail.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Rim: This garnish makes the cocktail visually appealing and adds a sweet and spicy kick with every sip.

Spiced Rum, orange Curaçao, lemon juice, and simple syrup laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Cable Car Cocktail?

Follow our uncomplicated steps to make a delicious Cable Car Cocktail:

1
<p>Start by chilling your cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and setting it aside while you prepare the cocktail.</p>

Start by chilling your cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and setting it aside while you prepare the cocktail.

2
<p>In a shaker, Add 1 ounce of lemon juice. Freshly squeezed juice will give the best flavor, but bottled juice can also be used if fresh lemons are unavailable.</p>

In a shaker, Add 1 ounce of lemon juice. Freshly squeezed juice will give the best flavor, but bottled juice can also be used if fresh lemons are unavailable.

3
<p>Pour ¾ ounces of simple syrup. Simple syrup is a mixture of equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves and then cooled.</p>

Pour ¾ ounces of simple syrup. Simple syrup is a mixture of equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar dissolves and then cooled.

4
<p>Next, ½ ounces of orange curaçao. This orange-flavored liqueur adds a sweet and tangy note to the cocktail.</p>

Next, ½ ounces of orange curaçao. This orange-flavored liqueur adds a sweet and tangy note to the cocktail.

5
<p>Now it's time to add the final ingredient, pour 1½ ounces of spiced rum. Captain Morgan is a popular choice for this cocktail, it was used in the original recipe by Tony Abou-Ganim, the creator of the drink.</p>

Now it's time to add the final ingredient, pour 1½ ounces of spiced rum. Captain Morgan is a popular choice for this cocktail, it was used in the original recipe by Tony Abou-Ganim, the creator of the drink.

6
<p>Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds. This not only mixes the ingredients but also chills the cocktail and adds a slight dilution, which can enhance the flavors.</p>

Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds. This not only mixes the ingredients but also chills the cocktail and adds a slight dilution, which can enhance the flavors.

8
<p>Once the cocktail is thoroughly mixed, discard the ice from your now-chilled cocktail glass. If you like to rim your glass, this is the right moment. First, use a lemon wedge to wet the rim of the glass.</p>

Once the cocktail is thoroughly mixed, discard the ice from your now-chilled cocktail glass. If you like to rim your glass, this is the right moment. First, use a lemon wedge to wet the rim of the glass.

9
<p>Then, touch the wet rim of the glass with the cinnamon sugar, to stick it.</p>

Then, touch the wet rim of the glass with the cinnamon sugar, to stick it.

10
<p>Fine strain the cocktail into the chilled and rimmed glass. This can be done using a cocktail filter, which will catch any ice or pulp that may have been included in the shake.</p>

Fine strain the cocktail into the chilled and rimmed glass. This can be done using a cocktail filter, which will catch any ice or pulp that may have been included in the shake.

11
<p>For the final touch, take a lemon peel and twist it over the glass to release the oils into the drink.</p>

For the final touch, take a lemon peel and twist it over the glass to release the oils into the drink.

12
<p>Finish by placing the twisted lemon peel on the rim of the cocktail glass. This adds a pop of color and a burst of fresh citrus aroma every time you take a sip.</p>

Finish by placing the twisted lemon peel on the rim of the cocktail glass. This adds a pop of color and a burst of fresh citrus aroma every time you take a sip.

History and Origin of the Cable Car Cocktail

In 1996, in the heart of San Francisco, California, a talented bartender named Tony Abou-Ganim created the Cable Car Cocktail. He wasn’t just any bartender but a master mixologist who loved to create unique and tasty cocktails. The Cable Car Cocktail is one of his best creations.

He made this cocktail while working at the Starlight Room, which he opened. The name “Cable Car” comes from the famous cable cars of San Francisco. Like these cable cars, which are a part of the city’s charm and history, the Cable Car Cocktail shows Tony’s creativity and spirit.

A Cable Car cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige surface surrounded by Spiced Rum, orange Curaçao, lemon juice, lemon, cinnamon sugar and simple syrup

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Cable Car cocktail?
A standard serving of contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Cable Car cocktail?
The strength of the cocktail typically falls around 20% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 40 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail but not as potent as other classic cocktails.
What type of alcohol is used in a Cable Car cocktail?
The primary alcohol used in the drink is spiced rum. Captain Morgan is the traditional one and it is often preferred due to its unique blend of Caribbean spices and natural flavors.
In what kind of glass is a Cable Car cocktail served?
Traditionally, a Cable Car cocktail is served in a chilled coupe glass. The wide rim of the coupe allows for the full range of aromas to be appreciated, enhancing the overall drinking experience.
What does a Cable Car cocktail taste like?
A Cable Car cocktail offers a delightful balance of sweet and sour flavors. The spiced rum provides warmth and depth, while the lemon juice adds freshness and acidity. Adding simple syrup and orange curaçao lends sweetness and complexity to the drink.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Cable Car cocktail?
The typical ratio is about 1.5 ounces of spiced rum, 0.75 ounces each of lemon juice and orange curaçao, and 0.5 ounces of simple syrup.
How is a Cable Car cocktail served with ice?
A Cable Car cocktail is usually shaken with ice until well-chilled, then strained into your glass without ice - this method is known as serving "up." It's not typically served on the rocks or over ice.

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