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The “Backstory” Backstory: Underlore’s Cocktail


A while back, while catching up with an old friend, who is into mixing cocktails, a drink got invented. For our amusement he initially named it after me, but I felt that was inappropriate for a number of reasons, not least of which being that I didn’t invent it. X)

However, if he wanted to name it in my honor, then I wanted it to reflect my life’s work, which is of course, this blog and the philosophy behind it.

It’s essentially impossible to actually invent a whole new drink of course, or it’s so easy as to be trivial, depending on perspective. And so what we’re talking about here is basically on the Daiquiri spectrum somewhere. But we believe it is different enough to warrant a name.

While discussing naming, I mentioned how I’d rather it be something based on Underlore, and later on after some thinking he gave me a couple options, among which was “Backstory” and I think that’s a perfect fit.

The contents are lime juice, simple syrup (liquid sugar), white rum, and club soda over ice. The specific guide for the drink is at the bottom of this post. The effect basically is a fizzy limeade with a dash of mind altering pirate fare. 🙂

The name is perfect and thematic in my opinion, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s neat to me that the the Backstory has a backstory. Going deeper, the Backstory has underlore which is Underlore. By underlore I mean the definition I came up with.

Also there are the emergent properties of the name. Think about ordering it: “Yea I’ll have a Backstory, thanks.” That’s just inviting all kinds of awesomeness and conversation, because who doesn’t wanna hear a good backstory?

Also it’s dignified and friendly, which certainly isn’t always the case with drink names.

Having researched a little bit, my opinion is firm now that my friend has indeed invented a new cocktail. And though it’ll always be possible to get a little flack for “just” modifying a daiquiri, I feel that since neither of us remembered what that was at the time, he at the very least deserves credit for independent invention.

The differences are the glass, the ice, the club soda, and white instead of dark rum. If adding club soda, using a different kind of spirit, adding ice, and putting it in a different glass make it a different drink, then it’s a different drink. If not, then, not 🙂

Backstory Ingredients and Preparation

  • Ten to twelve cracked ice cubes
  • Two measures white rum
  • One measure lime juice
  • One measure simple syrup
  • Club soda
  1. Put four to six cracked ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour in the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously until a frost forms.
  2. Half fill a twelve ounce Collins with cracked ice cubes and strain the cocktail over them. Top up with club soda.
  3. Decorate with lime slice.


Updated: October 22, 2016 — 6:13 pm

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