Sweet Crude Rouler Made With Local Louisiana Rum
A lot of bars have signature drinks, concoctions they are specifically known for, and even a few cities have signature drinks like San Francisco and its Cable Car Cocktail and the Hurricane in New Orleans.
Add Lafayette to the menu of the latter, as Lafayette Travel and Eat Lafayette have declared the the Sweet Crude RoulerTM the official cocktail of this Louisiana Parrish.
Made with spirits from Lafayette’s own rum distillery, the Sweet Crude Rouler is comprised of Sweet Crude Rum, sweet and sour, simple sirup, bitters and club soda, served over ice with a lemon wedge garnish.
“Laissez les bon temps rouler! That’s right!,” said David Meaux, founder and distiller, Rank Wildcat Spirits L.L.C. “We got a little help from the anthem of our people.”
Rank Wildcat Spirits. which makes Sweet Crude Rum, is Lafayette’s only rum distillery and one of only two in the entire state.
“Other areas are known for certain cocktails,” said Ben Berthelot President and CEO, Lafayette Travel. “So when David Meaux (of Rank Wildcat Spirits) came to us with the concept of using Lafayette Parish’s Sweet Crude Rum for an official cocktail, we loved the idea.
“Rank Wildcat Spirits is an incredible story of entrepreneurship and hard work, and we’ve already had visitors stopping into David’s small shop to check out how the rum is made. It’s our hope that many years from now, the RoulerTM will be a household name associated with our area, much like the Hurricane, the Sazerac or the Manhattan is to other areas.”
The drink is available at 12 EatLafayette participating restaurants: Bon Temp Grill, Café Vermilionville, Charley Gs, Chef Gregory, Coyote Blues, Dark Roux., Dons of Lafayette, Es Kitchen, Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro, Little River Inn, Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn, and Social Southern Table & Bar.
Each restaurant is featuring the mixture as one of its tits drink specials through February 9, which is Mardi Gras. AtSocial Southern Table & Bar, it calls its version the Blushin’ Rouler and has a pairing with redfish wings for $15. The price of the drink is $9.
Lafayette is located 135 miles west of New Orleans off Interstate 10.
Link: Lafayette Travel