Combine your ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, give em a good, hard shake, then strain into a highball glass or a double rocks glass over ice, top with a splash of sparkling water or club soda, and enjoy.
If you’re following along at home, you’ll recognize the Cancha cocktail as a Daiquiri made with honey syrup and lengthened by a dealer’s choice amount of carbonated water. It’s a drink that’s popular in both Trinidad and Cuba, where rum and lime are a very popular combo, and for some reason it seems to have a more medicinal heritage than the classic daiquiri. Perhaps that’s from the honey syrup, perhaps it’s that late Victorian association between carbonated water and health benefits, or maybe it’s just because the Cancha is a feel-good cocktail.
This drink can be found on Allegory’s “Passage to the Somewhat Familiar” section of their cocktail menu, along with a Cold Brew Negroni and a Tequila drink called the Infante because sometimes when you’re surrounded by surrealist murals, you need to ease into happy hour with a drink that makes sense. From there, it’s a choose your own adventure, and the possibilities may very well lead you down your own mixological rabbit hole.
If you find yourself in Washington, DC, you need to check out this gorgeous hotel and grab a drink with Deke and his team at Allegory. If you walk in the front of the hotel, you’ll continue past the front desk into the library, then turn right through an unmarked door into the speakeasy.
The following gallery features a scenes from muralist Erik Thor Sandberg, as well as some of the cocktails you can enjoy at Allegory. All photos are courtesy of Kimberly Kong.