Toast To Tax Day With The Real McCoy Rum

April 15th – a day fraught with frantic, last minute trips to the post office, long hours spent digging through personal files and sometimes, big hits to the checking account. But this year, don’t give into the hassle and stress. Celebrate tax day, because of the role it played in abolishing one of the darkest periods in American history: Prohibition.

When the Great Depression hit, income tax no longer provided the government with enough revenue, leaving Uncle Sam searching for money elsewhere. That other source became the taxation on the sale of liquor, which spurred the end of Prohibition, filling the federal reserves and delighting American imbibers.

This year’s looming Tax Day falls on a Tuesday — giving double meaning to mixologist Brian van Flandern’s cocktail The Black Tuesday, named for the infamous Stock Market Crash on Tuesday, October 29, 1929. This Prohibition-style cocktail tops the smooth finish of The Real McCoy 12-Year-Aged Rum with a splash of champagne – to toast the end of another tax year.

Toast To Tax Day With The Real McCoy RumBLACK TUESDAY

  • 1.5 oz. The Real McCoy 12 Year
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 Dashes Black Sambuca
  • Muddled Mint
  • 1 oz. Champagne


  1. Lightly rinse cocktail glass with Sambuca.
  2. Muddle mint in a mixing tin with lime juice and simple syrup.
  3. Add ice and The Real McCoy 12-Year-Aged Rum.
  4. Shake and strain into the cocktail glass.
  5. Top with champagne and garnish.

Glassware: Cocktail Coup
Garnish: Large Fresh Mint Leaf

About The Real McCoy Rum
The Real McCoy is a rum born from the story of Bill McCoy, the pioneer Rum Runner of the Prohibition era. A blend of column and pot still rum, The Real McCoy is a multi-award-winning super premium rum, made using only top quality black strap molasses and proprietary yeast, and is aged in toasted American oak bourbon barrels. The Real McCoy is produced by Foursquare Distillery in the province of St. Phillip, Barbados, West Indies and is available in 3, 5 and 12 Year aged expressions in CT, MA, NJ, FL and RI.