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BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 07, 2014 5:00 AM

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As summer break draws to a close, I want my drink to transport me to the tropical vacation I never had. As soon as I spotted a cocktail featuring two styles of rum on the drink menu of the Clinton Street Social Club, 18½ S. Clinton St., I knew I’d found my Last Hurrah. This Caribbean-styled concoction contains light and dark rum, orange and lemon juice, and ginger ale, garnished with lemon peel. The aroma alone conjured images of sand and sun.

Taste: While I can picture the Havana Slinger being served on a Gulf coast beach, a Bourbon Street Hurricane this is not. The Slinger has the distinction of being a summery drink that’s low on sweetness — there is no grenadine, pineapple juice, or schnapps, just a healthy dose of rum punctuated by lemon, a hint of orange, and enough ginger ale to balance the sour.

Advice: The Slinger is a little pricey at $9, but if you’ve got the funds, you could easily sip your way through two or three. Its best pairing may be some chips and salsa — I’d recommend the Clinton Street Social Club add it to its menu ASAP — but you might try it with the restaurant’s citrus-jalapeño oysters, chipotle barbeque chicken, or hush puppies.

— by Emma McClatchey

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