Fort Lauderdale Cocktail Drink

Fort Lauderdale

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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When the urge for a brilliant drink strikes, turn to the Fort Lauderdale Cocktail recipe. With its straightforward ingredients, making this cocktail is a breeze, and every sip is pure joy.

Fort Lauderdale Cocktail Recipe

Relax with the simplicity of the Fort Lauderdale Cocktail recipe! Blending white rum with zesty citrus notes, it's your ticket to a breezy tropical moment.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

113 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Rocks Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Stir some ice cubes into a rocks glass to chill it.
  • Add Ingredients: Pour into the shaker 1 tsp agave syrup, ½ oz lime juice, 1 oz orange juice, and 1 oz White Rum.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake It Up: Shake vigorously until the shaker is frosty.
  • Pour: Strain the mixture into the rocks glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with an orange slice or twist, and enjoy!

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: If you ever find your bar cabinet missing white rum, I've swapped it out for vodka. You'll get a cleaner taste but maintain the cocktail's refreshing nature.
  • Agave Syrup: Honey works well if you're out of agave, but remember it's a bit sweeter, so adjust to taste!

Making a Pitcher of Fort Lauderdale Cocktail:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, you'll need 8 oz of white rum, 8 oz of orange juice, 4 oz of lime juice, and 8 tsp of agave syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients and stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour the cocktail into individual ice-filled rocks glasses, garnish, and enjoy immediately with friends!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum alternative or leave it out for a refreshing citrus drink.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the white rum with its non-alcoholic counterpart or skip it, then follow the original steps for a delightful non-alcoholic treat.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! The standard Fort Lauderdale Cocktail is already vegan. If you used honey as a substitute for agave syrup (as mentioned in the substitutes section), switch back to agave to ensure it remains vegan-friendly.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
113
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Potassium
 
74
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.3
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
64
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
20
mg
24
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Fort Lauderdale Cocktail Drink

Fort Lauderdale Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Relax with the simplicity of the Fort Lauderdale Cocktail recipe! Blending white rum with zesty citrus notes, it's your ticket to a breezy tropical moment.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 113

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz orange juice - freshly squeezed
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Rocks Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Stir some ice cubes into a rocks glass to chill it.
  • Add Ingredients: Pour into the shaker 1 tsp agave syrup, ½ oz lime juice, 1 oz orange juice, and 1 oz White Rum.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake It Up: Shake vigorously until the shaker is frosty.
  • Pour: Strain the mixture into the rocks glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with an orange slice or twist, and enjoy!

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: If you ever find your bar cabinet missing white rum, I've swapped it out for vodka. You'll get a cleaner taste but maintain the cocktail's refreshing nature.
  • Agave Syrup: Honey works well if you're out of agave, but remember it's a bit sweeter, so adjust to taste!

Making a Pitcher of Fort Lauderdale Cocktail:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, you'll need 8 oz of white rum, 8 oz of orange juice, 4 oz of lime juice, and 8 tsp of agave syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients and stir thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour the cocktail into individual ice-filled rocks glasses, garnish, and enjoy immediately with friends!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum alternative or leave it out for a refreshing citrus drink.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the white rum with its non-alcoholic counterpart or skip it, then follow the original steps for a delightful non-alcoholic treat.

Making it Vegan:

Good news! The standard Fort Lauderdale Cocktail is already vegan. If you used honey as a substitute for agave syrup (as mentioned in the substitutes section), switch back to agave to ensure it remains vegan-friendly.

What is a Fort Lauderdale Cocktail?

A Fort Lauderdale Cocktail is a vibrant blend of white rum, orange juice, and a touch of lime. This drink draws its name from the sunny city of Fort Lauderdale, renowned for its beautiful beaches and lively atmosphere. 

A side shot of a Fort Lauderdale cocktail in a rocks glass on a red cloth placed on a white table with half orange and half lime around.

What is in a Fort Lauderdale Cocktail – The ingredients

To make your own Fort Lauderdale, get these ingredients ready:

  • White Rum: The primary spirit, providing the foundational alcoholic kick.
  • Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice: Introduces a citrusy sweetness, brightening the drink.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a zesty tang, balancing the sweetness of other ingredients.
  • Agave Syrup: A sweetener that imparts a smooth, slightly earthy sweetness compared to regular sugar.
  • Ice Cubes: Cools the cocktail, ensuring a refreshing experience with each sip.
  • Orange Slice or Twist (optional): Serves as a garnish, enhancing the drink’s presentation and adding a hint of aromatic orange.

White Rum, two oranges, two limes, and agave syrup laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Fort Lauderdale Cocktail?

Our simple guide will help you perfect your Fort Lauderdale Cocktail:

1
<p>Make sure your service glass is chilled stirring some ice cubes in your rocks glass.</p>

Make sure your service glass is chilled stirring some ice cubes in your rocks glass.

2
<p>Drizzle into the shaker the agave syrup, ensuring the drink has the right touch of sweetness.</p>

Drizzle into the shaker the agave syrup, ensuring the drink has the right touch of sweetness.

3
<p>Incorporate the lime juice to give the cocktail a zesty balance.</p>

Incorporate the lime juice to give the cocktail a zesty balance.

4
<p>Add the freshly squeezed orange juice, introducing a citrusy sweetness.</p>

Add the freshly squeezed orange juice, introducing a citrusy sweetness.

5
<p>Pour the White Rum into the shaker, allowing it to be the base of the cocktail.</p>

Pour the White Rum into the shaker, allowing it to be the base of the cocktail.

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

Fill up the cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Shake the mixture vigorously until the shaker feels cold, ensuring all ingredients are well-blended.</p>

Shake the mixture vigorously until the shaker feels cold, ensuring all ingredients are well-blended.

8
<p>Remove the ice cubes from your chilled rocks glass.</p>

Remove the ice cubes from your chilled rocks glass.

9
<p>Refill your chilled rocks glass with fresh ice cubes.</p>

Refill your chilled rocks glass with fresh ice cubes.

10
<p>Strain the combined ingredients into your chilled rocks glass over fresh ice to preserve the chilled temperature.</p>

Strain the combined ingredients into your chilled rocks glass over fresh ice to preserve the chilled temperature.

11
<p>Garnish the drink with an orange slice or twist, adding a final touch of flair and aroma.</p>

Garnish the drink with an orange slice or twist, adding a final touch of flair and aroma.

A Fort Lauderdale cocktail, shot from above, in a rocks glass on a white marmol table surrounded by two oranges, two limes, agave syrup bottle and white rum bottle.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Fort Lauderdale Cocktail?
A typical serving contains around 150-200 calories, depending on the exact measurements and specific ingredients.
How strong is the Fort Lauderdale Cocktail in terms of alcohol content?
The strength varies based on the amount of rum used, but it usually ranges from 15-20% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), translating to 30-40 proof.
What type of alcohol is primarily used in the Fort Lauderdale Cocktail?
White rum serves as the primary alcoholic component in this cocktail.
In what type of glass should you serve the Fort Lauderdale Cocktail?
It's traditionally served in a rocks glass.
How does the Fort Lauderdale Cocktail taste?
This cocktail offers a refreshing blend of citrusy sweetness from the orange juice, combined with the zesty tang of lime and the smooth warmth of white rum.
What's the ideal ratio of ingredients in the Fort Lauderdale Cocktail?
A balanced version often uses 1 oz White Rum, 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice, 0.5 oz Lime Juice, and 1 tsp Agave Syrup.
How is the Fort Lauderdale Cocktail typically served with ice?
The cocktail is usually served over ice cubes, ensuring a chilled and refreshing experience.

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