Not long ago, we went to Lincoln on N Williams in our quest to try every poutine dish served in Portland. At the end of our successful meal, we had a curious little beverage they called 44 Cordial. It was sweet, but not too sweet. It was orangy but not bitter or tart. It was served ice cold, but it was warm and buttery. Dave thought maybe they called it 44 Cordial because the 44 bus goes up N Williams. And because he is a transit nerd. Nerd!
But 44 Cordial starts with silver rum, a navel orange, 44 coffee beans and sugar.
I haven’t bought this much Barcardi since, well, ever. Navel oranges are big. Keep this in mind when you go to the store. We tried three times to find an orange small enough to fit in our jar. Don’t do what we did.
Count out 44 coffee beans.
Take your orange and make 44 slits in it. Insert the 44 coffee beans into the 44 slits. Like so.
It helps to do all this while in your PJs. Measure out 44 teaspoons of white sugar. This is just around a cup, if you’re not fussy. Measure out 44 ounces of rum. Add the sugar and the rum to the jar and swirl it around. It will not take long for the sugar to dissolve. And add your orange.
Hello, friend. Now this jar goes into a cool, dark cabinet. We take it out and swirl it around once a day. It won’t be ready for goddamned 44 days! Not until St Patrick’s day! That’s such a long time!
Until then, I’m teasing up my hair real big, smoking Virginia Slims and drinking Bacardi and diet cokes.