If you start ordering rum and Cokes at 10 p.m., you might find yourself ordering Roman Cokes by the time last call rolls around if you don't pace yourself. With a name based on the slurring of "rum and Coke," you can expect even the fine-tuned ears of veteran bartenders to understand your request as rum and Coca-Cola -- unless you make it clear you want the less common sambuca-based Roman Coke instead. Sambuca-based Roman Coke derives its name from the Italian origins of its primary spirit, anise-flavored white sambuca.
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Squeeze the juice from a lime wedge into a chilled tall glass. Drop the peel in for garnish.
Add 1 shot of white rum, or about 2 ounces, to the glass. Fill the glass with ice.
Top the ice with Coke and stir. Garnish with another lime wedge.
Sambuca-Based Roman Coke
Fill a chilled rocks or highball glass with ice.
Pour 1 part sambuca over the ice.
Add 3 parts Coke to the sambuca and stir. Garnish with 3 coffee beans, mint or lime.