Saturday, January 11, 2014

Rum For Everyone

6500 San Pablo
glass - coupe
method - shake and fine-strain
garnish - long lime twist wrapped around a skewered, marinated pineapple chunk

1.25 oz. Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey
.25 oz. Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum
.5 oz. Trader Vic's Macadamia Nut Liqueur
.75 oz. fresh lime juice
.75 oz. Pineapple Gum Syrup
2 healthy dashes Angostura bitters

Cheers to you Mr. Bergeron, cheers to you.

Minimum Order
glass - large rocks glass; hand-carved ice ball
method - stir and strain
garnish - brandied cherry
1.5 oz. Banks 7 Island Rum
.5 oz. dry Amontillado sherry
.5 oz. home-made grapefruit cordial
1 dash Angostura bitters
Stir well with ice
Strain over hand-carved ice ball in large rocks glass
Express oils from grapefruit peel over drink; discard peel
Brandied cherry for garnish

Rum is commonly thought of as the spirit of choice for fruity, juice-laced tropical cocktails.  But I'll let you in on a little secret:  rum shines in spirit-forward libations.  Think outside of the box, and next time you're reaching for that bottle of rye whiskey or gin to act as the base in your spirit-driven creation, stop, think about how a rum might work in that cocktail, and then give it a try.  Whether a bone-dry white rum (Brugal is a favorite), a rich and layered aged rum (Zacapa is beautiful) or a grassy, funky Rhum Agricole (yes, some of them are over the top, but the brand Batiste is quite mixable), there's a lot to choose from in the world of rum.

Happy mixing.  Cheers!  

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