When I mentioned to a friend recently that I had made a batch of Picon Punches, he joked that he preferred the Caprican Cooler. I didn't know what he was talking about, but apparently fans of Battlestar Galactica will recognize that both Picon and Caprica are colonies (planets?) in the show. The discussion ended with me pledging to create a drink to fit the name.
I wanted to make something that was akin to a Picon Punch, and also wanted it to have a vibrant color. (I imagined that Caprica was one of those brightly-colored planets like Mars.) So this is what I came up with:
The Caprican Cooler
Build in a highball glass over ice:
2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz lemon juice
2 oz club soda
Give it a quick stir.
Float 1 oz of aged rum. (I used Flor de Caña Grand Reserve 7 years.)
Garnish with a lemon twist.
It came out pretty tasty. I tried to take the edge off the Campari, but still keep the bitter flavors that dominate the Picon Punch. Like that drink, this one packs quite a punch.
(Thanks to Dan Chadwick of Kindred Cocktails for his feedback on the early recipe.)