Americans have always had a soft spot for outlaws — few of whom embody charismatic defiance better than Florida native Bill McCoy, one of the Prohibition era’s most successful bootleggers. The self described “honest lawbreaker” was famous for both the quality of his liquor and his wily techniques: He devised a space-efficient, cushioned vessel for smuggling bottles dubbed the burlock. Now, the man and his methods have inspired a dining destination in the town where he made his reputation. Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits, at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, takes its name from McCoy’s invention — and recalls his gutsy, independent spirit in a bold yet grown-up cocktail.
"Bill’s Spirit is a simple deconstruction and reconstruction of a Manhattan, favoring dark rum in lieu of bourbon or rye, and grapefruit-infused Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth,” notes James Camp, the restaurant’s beverage director. Dreamed up by Washington, DC cocktail guru Todd Thrasher, the sling is served crackling cold, over solid ice, Camp says. It breaks from tradition with an irresistible blend of rebellion and ingenuity — just like its famous patron.
2 ounces Conch Republic Matecumbe Dark Rum
1 ounce Grapefruit-Infused Carpano Antica
1 barspoon Martinique cane sugar
4 dashes Angostura bitters