Of all the spirits in your home, rum is the most romantic” – James Beard, 1956
National Rum Day 2015
It’s National Rum Day! Summer may winding down, but there’s still time to celebrate one of the world’s oldest and most prolific spirits with these great rum-based cocktails!!
Aaron, who was named “Baltimore’s Best Bartender” last year, was kind enough to pen the foreword to our recently published book and shared one of his more popular rum cocktail recipes with us.
Papa Na Pua
recipe courtesy of Aaron Joseph
- 1 1/2 oz of hibiscus infused Papa Pilar Blonde Rum
- 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 3/4 oz honey syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lime peel and marigold flower.
Next up, we have one of our favorite drinks from this year’s Tales of the Cocktail, by another one of our long-time friends, Warren “The Cocktail Whisperer” Bobrow. If you haven’t already, please check out our review of his latest work, Bitters and Shrub Cocktails. Seriously — if you haven’t already — do yourself a favor and pick up a copy!
An Offer or 250 Jamaican Dollars
recipe courtesy of Warren Bobrow
- 2 oz Mezan Rum
- 4 oz Fresh Squeezed Broiled Grapefruit juice
- 4-5 dashes El Guapo “Love Potion #9” Bitters
- 1 oz Seltzer water
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass. Top with Seltzer.
- 2 oz Rum Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
- oz Simple Syrup
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 fresh mint sprigs
- 1.5 oz club soda, chilled
Place ice in beverage shaker then add in Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, broken up mint sprigs, lime juice and simple. Shake well and serve over ice in a highball glass. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda.
Flor de Violette
- 1 ½ parts BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
- ¾ part lemon juice
- ½ part St. Germain
- 1/7 part Crème de Violette
- 1/7 part simple syrup
Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Heavy Punch Rum
recipe and image courtesy of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
- 1½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
- 1 part fresh pineapple juice
- ½ part port
- ½ part sugar syrup
- ½ part fresh lime juice
- 4 dashes of aromatic bitters
recipe and image courtesy of Caliche Rum
- 2 oz Caliche Rum
- 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
- 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- 3/4 oz lime juice
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass.
- ¾ oz Diplomático Riserva Exclusiva
- ¼ oz Organic Honey
- ¼ oz Fresh Pressed Lemon Juice
- 4 Mint Sprigs
Shake and strain into glass with ice. Fill with Cliffton Dry Sparkling Wine Style Cider.
- 2 oz Caliche Rum
- ¾ oz St-Germain Liqueur
- ¾ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 4 watermelon chunks
Muddle watermelon in a cocktail shaker. Add additional ingredients and shake with ice. Fine strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.
So do you have a favorite rum drink that we missed here? Please leave a comment and fill us in!!
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