It was recently brought to my attention that too many of my cocktails involve the use of a cocktail-shaker (oops). I deeply apologize to those of you who are not equipped with this fine bar tool.

However, I also must point out that a similar result can be achieved by pouring the ingredients into a glass full of ice, placing a tupperware lid over the top of that glass, and holding it securely over the opening with the non-mixing hand, while the “mixing hand” shakes the MacGyver-like contraption. You can use any kind of cooking strainer–or hell, a piece of your screen door–to strain your drink into a new glass (can you tell I went to college yet?)

But seriously folks, go ahead and just mix this one up with an old-fashioned spoon (or chopstick, or the end of that old flute you’re never going to play again). I won’t tell.


  • 1 3/4 oz light rum
  • 3/4 oz lemon or lime juice OR pre-made sour mixer
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  1. Pour rum into your drinking vessel
  2. Add a few cubes of ice (or for those of you in cold climates, a few shards of icicle)
  3. Add the lemon, lime, or sour mixer
  4. Add grenadine and stir it all up!