The Legendary Hustle
With Cruzan Black Strap, Denizen Aged White Rum and Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum at the base, this Zombie variation lives up to its ultra boozy heritage. “The Hustle was my brother's nickname when he played basketball growing up (we are big basketball fans at Fancy Nancy), says Kristin Walker, the creator of The Legendary Hustle and co-owner of Fancy Nancy where the drink is made. “The drink is deceivingly strong (it has 3.5 ounces of alcohol). It sneaks up on you. Which was part of my brother's [basketball] game strategy.” In lieu of absinthe, the drink has a toasted fennel syrup, which adds the anise flavors of the original drink and a unique savoriness that is all its own. With pineapple juice in place of grapefruit juice, the cocktail becomes brighter, more tart and more thirst quenching. While its bold, tropical fruit flavors might distract you from the cocktail’s potency, the strict two-drink limit in place at Fancy Nancy is there to remind you just how dangerous this drink really is.
Add all ingredients—sans garnishes—to a shaker tin with cubed ice. Shake.
Using a Hawthorne strainer, strain the cocktail into a highball glass over cubed ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
Contributed by Kristin Walker