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Tuesday 21 August 2012

The Boy and his Poison: Oh Gosh!

This year’s Summer is like an elusive party guest who only decides to make an appearance when everyone has given up all hope of them showing. July morphed into August with no real sign of seasonal-progress and my collection of delicious aperitifs, sundowners and punches started to look as inappropriate as my legs did in shorts when they eventually came out last weekend. However, arrive it eventually did… so put that sloe gin making on hold, break out the rum and let’s have some fun before the clouds conspire to ruin it again.

I stumbled on this drink in Vauxhall’s Brunswick House CafĂ© (well worth a visit when passing through London, if only to explore the Aladdin’s Cave of reclaimed antique furniture and paraphernalia) feet-up, gently crisping in the sun, rum seemed the only thing for it, and what better than with a bit of lime and sweetness. I love the cocktail’s etymology which apparently stems from the first drinker exclaiming “Oh Gosh!”

You’ll need:
  • 50ml White rum (that’s right, the delicious cheap stuff)
  • 25ml Triple sec or Cointreau
  • 12ml Lime juice
  • 12ml Sugar syrup (or a squeeze of honey/agave)
Shake it:
  • Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled shaker
  • Shake till chilled
  • Strain into a small ice filled tumbler


  1. Awww! I had one of these on my first date with my boyfriend, at The Rosendale in West Dulwich. God but triple sec is an underrated cocktail addition.

    1. There's a section on it in the DS book for that very reason. I can't imagine not having a bottle in the kitchen.

    2. Corpse Reviver ingredient, thus essential.


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