Inspired by the French 75, the Air Mail is an effervescent, rum-based cocktail that combines rum, lime juice, and honey syrup topped with champagne and Angostura bitters. While the origin of the name is murky—it may have been named after the modern delivery method for mail—the Air Mail cocktail first appeared in print in the 1949 edition of Handbook for Hosts published by Esquire magazine.
Air Mail Ingredients
|1 1/2 oz añejo rum|
|3/4 oz fresh lime juice|
|1 oz honey syrup (1 part honey to 1 part water)|
|1 oz prosecco (or other champagne)|
|Eyedropper of Angostura bitters|
How to make an Air Mail
- Combine rum, lime juice, syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass and top with prosecco.
- Add bitters to the surface of the cocktail using the dropper.
- Garnish by dragging the mint leaf through the bitters to create an attractive design, then laying mint leaf on top.