By Thomas Eslinger (Death & Co LA, 2021)

Sound System

"One of my favorite flavor combinations is pineapple and coffee, which goes back to when I’d make cold-brew piña coladas for the staff when I worked at the Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco. The Sound System cocktail stems directly from that goofing around. Jamaican rum, madeira, pineapple, and espresso liqueur all come together to make a surprising and refreshing drink that always makes me want another. This daiquiri riff was so delicious that it became the go-to shot to send to friends when they visited Death & Co LA. We even had guests who would come in and request them, not knowing that they were actually a full cocktail from one of our first menus! The name Sound System was inspired by the Jamaican rum: In Jamaican popular culture starting in the 1950s, a “sound system” was a group of DJs, engineers and MCs playing ska, rocksteady or reggae music. DJs would load up a truck with a generator, turntables and huge speakers and throw street parties for Jamaicans who were barred under colonial rule from participating in dances uptown." —TE

1½ ounces H&H Rainwater Madeira
1 ounce Appleton Signature Jamaican Rum
¼ ounce Galliano Ristretto espresso liqueur 
¾ ounce lime juice
½ ounce pineapple juice
½ ounce Cinnamon Syrup (see Note)
Garnish: 1 lime wedge

Shake all the ingredients with ice, then double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Note: To make Cinnamon Syrup, in a saucepan, muddle 1 ounce of cassia cinnamon sticks until broken into shards. Add 2 cups of water and 2 cups of white sugar. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand overnight, then strain through a cheesecloth-lined sieve.