How to Make a Roman Coke Drink

By A.J. Andrews

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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Three floating coffee beans sometimes indicates a sambuca-based drink.

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Roman Coke

Step 1

Squeeze the juice from a lime wedge into a chilled tall glass. Drop the peel in for garnish.

Step 2

Add 1 shot of white rum, or about 2 ounces, to the glass. Fill the glass with ice.

Step 3

Top the ice with Coke and stir. Garnish with another lime wedge.

Sambuca-Based Roman Coke

Step 4

Fill a chilled rocks or highball glass with ice.

Step 5

Pour 1 part sambuca over the ice.

Step 6

Add 3 parts Coke to the sambuca and stir. Garnish with 3 coffee beans, mint or lime.