Ricardo's Bad Mind cocktail

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Don't you wish you could be in the Caribbean for sun, beach and drinks all the time? If you can't go on vacation, bring the vacation to you with this rum cocktail from Calgary's newest hotspot, Ricardo's Hideaway. The teal and peacock blue interiors, the empanadas and ceviches and the creative rum cocktails will take your daily stresses away in no time. 

2 oz. Coruba
1 1/4 oz. strawberry tobacco syrup
3/4 oz. jerk vinegar

Stir all ingredients together and served over crushed ice in a glass.

Jerk vinegar

3 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
1 tbsp whole allspice
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1 fresh Thai chili, seeded
1 tbsp black peppercorn
1/4 cup peeled and roughly chopped ginger
950 mL organic apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 250 F.

Place all ingredients, minus the Thai chili and apple cider vinegar, and toast for roughly 1 minute. Once toasted, add apple cider vinegar and turn heat down to 150 F.

Stir to incorporate and immediately turn off heat and let cool. Once cool, strain back into apple cider vinegar bottle.

Strawberry tobacco syrup

3 cups quartered strawberries
1 1/2 L water
1 tbsp pipe tobacco
granulated sugar

In a medium pot over high heat, boil strawberries and water until soft. Put into a blender and blend.

Strain the mixture until you have 1 liter of strawberry-puree like water.

Add in tobacco and let sit for one hour. Strain out tobacco and add enough sugar to create a simple syrup with 1:1 ratio. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Let cool and enjoy.