Rose Island was an amusement park in the late 1800’s originally called Fern Island on the Ohio River near Louisville, KY. It started as a church camp and it is located on the Indiana side of the river on the northeast side of the city. It was bought by Louisville businessman, David Rose and turned into an amusement park, had cabins, and the first filtered swimming pool in the Midwest. Live bands and dancing and a restaurant made it a huge draw for the Louisville folks. They would take the steam boats down the river to the park.
The Depression curbed much of the business and then the flood of 1937 completely destroyed the park. Today it is part of the Charlestown park system and has lots of cool walking paths and tells the history of the park. This cocktail is a nod to that famous party destination on the water.
1.5 oz Dark Rum
1.5 oz Brandy
1 oz Citrus Mix (equal parts lemon, lime, orange juice)
1 oz 7 Syrup
2 Dashes Aromatic or Tiki bitters
Orange peel and cherry for garnish
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake until very cold. Strain into a Tiki glass with fresh crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of orange and cherry flag.