The classic the way it is made on the island.
• 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
• 1 oz simple syrup (see note)
• 1.5 oz dark rum (such as Barbados’ own Mount Gay Eclipse, or older)
• 2 oz water
• 1 dash Angostura bitters
• Freshly grated nutmeg
Mix lime juice, simple syrup, rum, water and bitters in a mixing glass with ice; strain into a rocks glass filled with a few cubes of fresh ice. Grate nutmeg on top. Serves 1.
If you want to serve a crowd, increase measures to: 0.5 cup lime juice, 1 cup simple syrup, 1.5 cups rum, 2 cups water and about 8 dashes of bitters. Mix in a pitcher with ice and grate fresh nutmeg on top. Serves 6 to 8.
Note: To make simple syrup, mix 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved. Keep, covered and chilled, for up to two weeks. Makes about 1 cup.