Oro de los Tontos.

The topic for the March 2014 Rum Rhum Club meeting at the Tonga Hut North Hollywood was Don Q rum. For that meeting I created the Oro de los Tontos (Fools Gold, en español) featuring Don Q Gold. While the Don Q Gold is a good mixing rum in the Spanish style (use it where you see a Gold Puerto Rican rum called for), I don't find it's flavor to be very assertive. So mixing it into a multi-rum layer cocktail would bury this rum. I ended up with a daiquiri variation that utilizes Licor 43, Pernod, and almond for differentiation. 

I subsequently was doing research on Don the Beachcomber's "Beachcomber's Gold" and found that the Oro de los Tontos is similar to a Gold Cup but with Licor 43 taking the place of the maraschino. This similarity was quite by accident, but it seems worth mentioning. I got the almond extract inspiration from the Captains Grog and the good version (subjective) of the Beachcomber’s Gold.

Oro de los Tontos (Fools Gold)

2 oz Gold Puerto Rican rum (Don Q Gold)
0.75 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz Licor 43
0.25 oz simple syrup
3 drops Pernod
3 drops almond extract

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.