This refreshing Pomegranate Mojito recipe is a step up from the classic Mojito

Simple Pomegranate Mojito Recipe

Sip on this glass of Pom-Love!

This refreshing Pomegranate Mojito recipe is a step up from your classic Mojito.

You can enjoy these Pomegranate Mojitos practically all year round!

This year’s NC Azalea Festival is right around the corner, which means we’ve been hard at work coming up with some cocktails for Azalea Fest. Today’s star cocktail is a pomegranate mojito that is as pretty as an Azalea Belle.

Pomegranates are a classic Winter season fruit, but did you know pomegranates have a Spring season too? While the Californian pomegranate season ends in February, down in the Southern Hemisphere Pomegranate season just got started.

Which means you can enjoy these pomegranate mojitos practically all year round! But we don’t really need a reason to experiment with mojitos, now do we?

Rum cocktails are pretty popular, after all there are dozens of cocktail recipes that use rum. These cocktails often invoke the flavors of tropical islands or the pirate days of yore, but this Pomegranate Mojito is a little different.

This mojito recipe uses pomegranate seeds to infuse the cocktail with a whole lot of pomegranate flavor, which adds something extra to the citrus kick you expect from a mojito. You can play around with the sweetness of this cocktail as well. Like it a little sweet? Stick to one ounce of simple syrup. Like it super sweet? Go for two ounces, but be careful or all that sweetness could leave you with a nasty hangover.

Mojitos are typically a messy cocktail. It’s why many bartenders absolutely hate making them. You can literally type the words “Bartenders Hate” in Google and Mojitos will pop up in the top 5 searches. Do it, it’s kind of funny.

While this delicious combination of rum and muddled mint, sugar [or simple syrup], and lime juice might be the bane of your bartender’s existence, the outcome is loved by many, and is easy to make at home.

This is how you make a Pomegranate Mojito!

Pomegranate Mojito

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 2 to 5 Fresh Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Soda Water [We recommend San Pellegrino]
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pomegranate Mojito: At the bottom of a highball glass, muddle a couple of mint leaves, about 2 tablesoons of the pomegranate seeds, lime juice, and simple syrup together with a Muddler or a long spoon.

Pour white rum overtop, and add ice. Top with soda water, like San Pellegrino, and stir. Garnish with lime, mint, and a few more pomegranate seeds. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 217 Fat (g) 0.04 Saturated Fat (g) 0.005 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 23 Protein (g) 0.14 Sodium (mg) 25

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How to make Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Cold nights wouldn’t be the same without it

There’s nothing that quite spells out Fall and Winter like good ol’Hot Buttered Rum. This classic recipe for Hot Buttered Rum will surely brighten up the coldest nights.

Make this Delicious Classic Hot Buttered Rum

When you think of cold Fall and Winter nights, Hot Buttered Rum often comes to mind [at least if you grew up in the cold nights of the Northern States that is]. Hot mulled ciders and buttered rums are pretty much a staple nightcap in some places.

Butter and rum might seem like an odd combination, but this classic drink has been enjoyed in the Great White North for a very long time and it sometimes gets a bum rap. It’s not everyone’s cup of Hot Toddy. Nonetheless, it has been and will continue to be a favorite of cold weather lovers everywhere.

We are definitely not fans of the recipes that have a dollop of butter plopped right in the mug. That just spells out a goopy mess of ick as you are sipping. It’s why we definitely recommend using a batter instead of straight butter. This recipe for Hot Buttered Rum Batter comes to us from Tracy at The Kitchen is My Playground. It is a much better way to make this hot concoction.

When making hot buttered rum, using a dark or spiced rum is the key. Light rum doesn’t do this drink justice. If you find a light rum that works, I’d really like to know about it. We are always open to experimenting with ingredients, but, for now, we’ll stick with tradition. If you’ve never tried hot buttered rum, keep an open mind and you might find yourself a new nightcap to enjoy all Fall and Winter long.

This is how you make classic Hot Buttered Rum!

 

Buttered Rum Batter

Yields: 1 Container

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Stick Softened Unsalted Butter
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ to ½ Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛ to ¼ Teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • Small Pinch Ground Cloves
  • Small Pinch Fleur de sel, Kosher, or Sea Salt

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Measuring Spoons/Cups
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon or Fork
  • Air Tight Storage Container

 

Hot Buttered Rum

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Dark or Spiced Rum
  • 6 Ounces Boiling Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Buttered Rum Batter
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick for Garnish
  • Whipped Creme [Optional]

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Mug or Irish Coffee Glasses
  • Spoon

 

Preparation

Make the Batter: Mash together softened butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a mixing bowl with a spoon or fork, until well combined. Place into storage container for later or use immediately for hot buttered rums.

Hot Buttered Rum: Add batter and rum to a mug. Pour in hot water and stir to combine. Go ahead and use a cinnamon stick to stir it and then stick it in as a garnish. Top with whipped creme if desired and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 316 Fat (g) 12 Saturated Fat (g) 7.6 Potassium (mg) 10 Carbohydrates (g) 4.29 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4 Protein (g) 0.18 Sodium (mg) 5

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10 Autumn Cocktail Creations You Should Drink This Fall

We are absolutely excited for Fall and here’s why!

Whether you call it Fall or Autumn, the season is upon us [even if the temperature don’t feel like it yet]. It’s time to get excited about all things fall, and that includes cocktails. Check out some of our top picks for Autumn cocktail creations to indulge in this season.

Check out some of our top picks for fall cocktail creations to indulge in this season

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we chose to add in dark rum for one and bourbon for the other. Both came out delicious.

Pumpkin Spiced Horchata

Autumn Cocktail Creations -

Image / Recipe from // Slim Pickins Kitchen

If there was a cocktail that embodied getting “White Girl Wasted” Fall style, it would be this Pumpkin Spiced Horchata. It might be the most complex drink to make in our line up, but this Fall remake of a classic Mexican Horchata is worth the work.

Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Been anxiously awaiting apple season? Try a little digestif with your next batch of crisp. Port is an unlikely friend of apple cider, rye whiskey and maple syrup. But the best part of this big-batch party pleaser is the boozy apples and pears you can munch on after the batch is fully infused.

Apple Cider Mojito

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Cider Mojito

Image / Recipe from // Jo-Lynne Shane

Not all Fall Seasonal cocktails need to be served hot. This Apple Cider Mojito is the perfect on ice cocktail for autumn! The apple and cinnamon fusion in this cocktail gives you all the best flavors of fall in a mason jar, but with the sophistication of a mojito.

Ginger Snap Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Ginger Snap Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // PopSugar

These gingersnaps pack a punch! This simple 3 ingredient cocktail takes everything you love about ginger snap cookies and turns it into liquid deliciousness. Dunk a ginger snap in this puppy if you dare!

Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Image / Recipe from // Carrie Robinson Frugal Foodie Mama

September marks the beginning of Pumpkin Spice everything season! Hot buttered rum is a fall classic, and with the rise of Pumpkin Spice season, the two were going to meet eventually. If you are a fan of the PSL then you will love this Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum.

Apple Pie Shine

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Pie Shine

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It wouldn’t be Fall without Apple Pie…shine that is. Apple Pie moonshine is a Southern treat, and is typically made in the Fall to Winter months. Shine isn’t for the faint of heart, as it is knock you off your feet strong. You can even drink it hot or cold. It really is like Fall in a glass!

Washington Apple

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Washington Apple

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Cranberry and Apple are two of the most classic fall flavors, and this cocktail uses them well. This cocktail is great for those easing their way into the realm of Canadian Whiskey. The apple and cranberry flavors pair delightfully with a light whiskey and makes it easy to drink.

Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - The Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // Farm Wife Drinks

If Cinnabon had a boozy baby it would be this Cinnamon Roll cocktail. Just top with whipped cream and cinnamon and you have yourself a real treat!

Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Image From // ShesCookin / Recipe from // Jonathan Pogash, aka the Cocktail Guru

The elegant flavor palette of this port gives this seasonal puch the One – Two knock out. The bright citrus, ginger, and apple flavors give this fall cocktail just the right amount of yummy goodness that will give your next holiday party life.

 

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Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

Spiked Mulled Cider

Who doesn’t love a good spiked cider?

We are absolutely excited for Fall. Want to know why? Where there’s Fall there’s mulled cider! And we are doing up this Mulled Cider Recipe Two ways!

Brio Drink of the week: Spiked Mulled Cider

Even though we won’t feel Fall temperatures here on the NC coast until around November[ish], the Fall/Autumn season officially kicks off on September 22nd! That means we can all start to enjoy our favorite fall flavored cocktails like these mulled ciders. Folks have been spiking mulled cider with hootch for generations, and we’re keeping the tradition alive with these variations of the mulled cider recipe.

Both Corinne and I grew up drinking hot apple cider. It’s kind of a staple in the states where apple orchards are a plenty, or when your grandparents have a cider press like hers do. I’m kind of jealous of that. My elementary schools had field trips to go apple picking and we’d make apple sauce out of them during Girl Scout meetings. It was kind of a big deal. So enjoying cider as a cocktail only seemed logical.

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we chose to add in dark rum for one and bourbon for the other. Both came out delicious.

There are a lot of different dark rums to choose from, and we settled on using Gosling’s Black Seal rum [cause hey, maybe we can make some Dark and Stormies later with it]. Basil Hayden’s is one of my sister’s all-time favorite bourbons, and I recommend it for its spicy flavor notes. It can be a bit pricey though at roughly $40 bucks a pop, so if that’s a little out of your comfort zone any good bourbon will do the trick. If you want an American bourbon, try one of these industry winners.

Now let’s show you how you make our spiked mulled cider!

 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Pints Apple Cider
  • 2 Ounces Dark Rum or Bourbon
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Whole Allspice
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Orange
  • 1 Star Anise
  • Cinnamon Sticks & Apple Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Heat Proof Glasses for hot
  • Rocks Glasses for Cold
  • Large Saucepan
  • Metal Strainer
  • Heatproof Pitcher

 

Preparation

Spiked Mulled Cider: Place all of your non-alcoholic ingredients into a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat down to a simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and strain into a heatproof pitcher. Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard the remaining waste in the bin. You can enjoy these cocktails cold by allowing the mixture to cool and serving over ice!

Bourbon Mulled Cider: Add the bourbon to a glass, and top with hot cider mix. Stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slices. Enjoy!

Mulled Cider with Dark Rum: Pour cider mix into glass, and add in the dark rum. Stir together to combine the flavors. Garnish with apple slices. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 165 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 43 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 38 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 25

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Make a better creme de menthe cocktail with this Minty Lime Refresher

Minty Lime Refresher

It’s a minty world out there

Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher is simple and satisfying.

Brio Drink of the Week: Minty Lime Refresher

We wanted to do a little something different for National Crème de Menthe Day [09.15.16]. Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher was adapted from a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

If you wanted to try a crème de menthe cocktail that wasn’t your typical grasshopper, well you are in luck. This simple rum cocktail is right up your alley. With only a few ingredients, this cocktail takes very little time to make, but is so delicious to drink.

Better Homes and Gardens recipe was not very specific as to the bottling for this recipe, so we took our own liberties with the mix. For the rum, we used some El Dorado White Rum and mixed it with some freshly squeezed lime juice and used up what was left in the container of our homemade simple syrup.

Now, this cocktail could really go two ways depending on the color crème de menthe you choose to use. If you’d like your cocktail to have a minty green color, be sure to use a brand that has a green crème de menthe, otherwise, you can use white crème de menthe for a frosty looking cocktail. There are a few brands of crème de menthe out there, DeKuyper is rather popular, or you can be adventurous and try to make your own crème de menthe at home. We opted for bottled this time.

From our last couple of experiments with rum drinks, I have come to actually really like rum cocktails. I wasn’t always the biggest fan of it, but I realized it was more of what I was drinking that I didn’t like than it was the actual rum. The more complex a drink is, the less I tend to like it. Sometimes it the more simple cocktails that turn out to be the best.

Now let’s show you how you make a Minty Lime Refresher!

 

Minty Lime Refresher

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¾ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Splash of Crème de Menthe [White or Green]
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glasses
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Minty Lime Refresher: Add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to a glass filled with ice. Give it a stir and top with San Pellegrino. Add a splash of crème de menthe and stir to combine. ***Use green crème de menthe if you’d like to give your cocktail a minty green hue. Garnish cocktail with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 171 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 23 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 23 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

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This is how you make Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail!

The Ice Queen Cocktail

Brr…this cocktail is giving us the cold shoulder

We tried making Natasha David’s Ice Queen cocktail, and it will change the way you think about Crème de Menthe cocktails.

Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail

When you think Crème de Menthe the first thing that often comes to mind is a Grasshopper. Well not anymore, thanks to The Ice Queen cocktail from the master mixologists at Nitecap, a Lower East Side bar in New York City. Brainchild of Natasha David, this cocktail graced the Nightcap’s spritz menu and was featured in the article Bitter and Bubbly, the Spritz Evolves. Which is where we discovered this tasty beauty.

Natasha’s recipe uses Plantation 3 Stars white rum, Giffard Menthe Pastille white crème de menthe, and a sparkling wine, like Prosecco or Cava. Since I prefer Prosecco to Cava, I chose to go Italian. Unfortunately, our local ABC store doesn’t carry Giffard Menthe Pastille [I don’t think you can get it in NC], so I had to use Mr. Boston’s white crème de menthe instead. If you can find the original liquor used it might give you a more authentic feeling, but if not a good substitute won’t hurt.

The Ice Queen is an interesting addition to our list of spritzes and wine cocktails. It’ll leave your mouth feeling like you’ve just stepped out of the arctic. The mint also makes water feel icy cold in your mouth afterward, and there’s something about that feeling that appeases my pagophagia [that means I like to chew on ice because I’m iron deficient].

If you are looking for a crème de menthe cocktail that isn’t your typical Grasshopper or Stinger, you can’t go wrong with choosing this Ice Queen. Be sure to check out some of our other crème de menthe cocktails while you’re at it.

This is how you make Nightcap’s Ice Queen Cocktail!

 

The Ice Queen

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Prosecco
  • 1 Teaspoon Crème De Menthe
  • 1 Cucumber Slice
  • Lime for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glasses
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

The Ice Queen: Gently muddle cucumber at bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add rum, lime juice, simple syrup and crème de menthe to the shaker and fill it about 3/4 of the way with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine. Finally, garnish it with lime. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 187 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

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This classic Pina Colada recipe will get you all set for Summer!

Classic Piña Colada Recipe

If you like Piña Coladas and our drinks of the week…

The Piña Colada is the perfect summer drink and tastes like a tropical beach vacation.

Drink of the week recipe: Pina Colada

Its name meaning “strained pineapple” in Spanish, and hails from the island of Puerto Rico. The Piña Colada even has its own annual holiday there on July 10th. The Piña Colada of today was created sometime in the 1950s with the invention of the blender and Coco Lopez; however, there are references to a similar drink that was made a century before.

Coco Lopez is a vital ingredient for the cocktail because it replicates rich coconut cream, which is difficult to extract from coconuts. Once Coco Lopez hit the market, everyone from cooks to bartenders started to experiment with it. Luckily for us, the Piña Colada cocktail was one of the creations brought to life with Coco Lopez.

There are three people from Puerto Rico that have claims to the creation of the Piña Colada. The most popular story is that Ramón “Monchito” Marrero Pérez of the Caribe Hilton in San Juan was asked to create a signature drink for the hotel.

After months of trial-and-error, he mixed together a cocktail that used rum, pineapple, condensed milk, and coconut cream on August 16, 1954. Ricardo Garcia, who also worked at the Caribe Hilton, crafted a similarly flavored drink using Coco Lopez, rum, and coconut juice and served the cocktail in a coconut.

On one fateful day, Garcia ran out of coconuts so he served the cocktail in a hollowed out pineapple and that method remains popular to this day. Lastly, Ramón Portas Mingot, head bartender of the Barrachina Restaurant, also made a cocktail using rum and Coco Lopez.

These three bartenders created their cocktails between the years of 1952-1963 and by 1978, the Piña Colada was so famous that Puerto Rico named the delicious drink as its national cocktail…and a hit single for Rupert Holmes.

We’ve tested through a bunch of Piña Colada recipes, but the Original is still the best. The Original Piña Colada Recipe (according to the Caribe Hilton) requires the use of Coco Lopez and a Puerto Rican rum, such as Don Q Cristal.

So let’s show you how to make Piña Coladas.

 

Piña Colada

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Coconut cream (Coco Lopez to be authentic)
  • 1 Ounce Heavy cream
  • 6 Ounces Fresh pineapple juice
  • 5 Cups Crushed Ice
  • Pineapple & Cherry for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass
  • Jigger
  • Blender

 

Preparation

Piña Colada: Pour ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and serve in a tall glass. Garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 245 Fat (g) 2.7 Saturated Fat (g) 2.3 Potassium (mg) 100 Carbohydrates (g) 32 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4 Total Sugars (g) 31 Protein (g) 0.6 Sodium (mg) 8

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5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need To Drink Right Now

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink

These rum drinks will take you to paradise!

In honor of National Rum Day, we’re taking a look at five amazing rum drinks! So channel your inner pirate, pretend you’re on a tropical beach and get ready to relax with some rum! Here are 5 remarkable rum drinks you need to drink right now!

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need To Drink Right Now

 


 

Mojito

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - The Mojito

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

Refreshing is a word that comes to mind when the Mojito is mentioned. This perfect summer drink originated in Cuba over 200 years ago, although the specifics to its creation are unknown. The Mojito became popular through Ernest Hemingway and other famous people who enjoyed the drink while vacationing in Cuba before the Revolution.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces Sparkling Water or Club Soda
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup or 1 – 2 Teaspoon(s) Sugar
  • 1 Cup Crushed Ice
  • 20 Sprigs Fresh Mint
  • Lime Twist For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Spoon or Muddler

How to make a Mojito

Place [sugar and] mint leaves in a serving glass, and gently muddle just until the leaves release their oils. Fill glass with ice. Add rum and lime juice [and simple syrup]. Stir to combine. Top with club soda and add mint sprigs and lime twist for garnish.

 

Planter’s Punch

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - Planter's Punch

Image from // Blahnik Baker

A New York Times’ article from 1908 described the cocktail as “Two of sour, one and a half of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.” Planter’s Punch dates back centuries and can be considered the predecessor of the famous tiki drinks. The cocktail itself can be described as casual and was originally a concoction of rum, lime juice, sugar, spice, and ice; however, there are now many variations of the drink so there is truly a recipe for everyone!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum (if you can’t find Coruba, substitute another dark, heavy rum)
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • .75 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Bar Spoon

How to make Planter’s Punch

Combine ingredients in a tall glass and fill with crushed ice. Swizzle with a bar spoon until a frost forms on the outside of the glass. The ice will settle as you do this; add more crushed ice to fill, garnish with a mint sprig.

 

Mai Tai

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - Mai Tai

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The Mai Tai is a classic rum drink that has not been treated well over the years. The recipe has been altered by the tourism industry to the point where many people have never actually had a true Mai Tai. The original cocktail, invented by Vic Bergeron of Trader Vic’s, consisted of Jamaican rum, fresh lime juice, Dutch curacao, French orgeat, and a sprig of fresh mint for garnish. This concoction has a subtle flavor of oranges and almonds due to the curacao and orgeat. If you’ve ever had a Mai Tai and been disappointed, give the recipe below a try. You may just be pleasantly surprised with the taste of a true Mai Tai.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Jamaican Rum
  • Juice of One Lime (Save shell for garnish)
  • 0.5 Ounce Curaçao
  • 0.25 Ounce Orgeat
  • 0.25 Ounce Rock-Randy Syrup (Add a drop or two of vanilla extract to our simple syrup recipe)
  • Mint For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Double Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make the Mai Tai Cocktail

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lime shell and a sprig of fresh mint.

 

Hurricane

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - The Hurricane

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The Hurricane is a tiki drink known for being quite strong while still having a fruity taste, so if that’s up your alley, you’ll love this cocktail. The Hurricane was created in New Orleans in the 1940s at Pat O’brein’s bar. This is a cocktail that started off simple and has become more complex over the years.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Dark Jamaican Rum
  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 Ounce Orange Juice
  • .5 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • .5 Ounce Grenadine
  • 1 Orange Slice For Garnish
  • 1 Cherry For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Hurricane Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make a Hurricane Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a large Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange half-wheel and a cherry.

 

Dark and Stormy

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - Dark and Stormy

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This easy to make cocktail is often claimed to be Bermuda’s national drink. A Dark and Stormy has a very simple recipe as there are only two main ingredients, dark rum and ginger beer. But if you want to call your drink a “Dark ‘N Stormy”, you best adhere to Gosling’s Patented and Trademarked recipe, that uses Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and ginger beer. No joke, Gosling holds certificates at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the drink’s recipe and name. The cocktail was crafted near the end of World War I when British sailors were on leave in Bermuda and they mixed Gosling’s Black Seal Rum with ginger beer that was made on the island. The result was a dark, murky mixture that earned the cocktail its name. It is said that a British sailor stated the cocktail looked like “the color of a cloud that only a fool or a dead man would sail under.” Check out Gosling’s recipe below.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 Ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
  • 4-5 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass

How to make the Dark and Stormy Cocktail

In a tall glass filled with ice, add 4 – 5 ounces of ginger beer and top with 1.5 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 

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How to make a strawberry daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri

Not exactly the classic recipe but still an American Classic

Daiquiris have been an American favorite since World War II, and with so many flavors to choose from we can see exactly why.

Classic Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

Daiquiris. They come in a variety of fruity flavors – the strawberry daiquiri being one of the most popular with American drinkers.

This [typically blended] concoction was the mind’s work of an American engineer by the name of Jennings Cox while he was in Cuba. It’s named after a beach in Santiago, Cuba where the drink was defined by the use of Carta Blanca Rum.

There are 5 traditional variations of the daiquiri, and oddly enough, none of which contain strawberries – even though it is the most common variation found State Side. The Classic Daiquiri is made of 2 Ounces Caña Brava Rum, 1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice, and 1/2 Ounce Sugar [or Simple Syurp].

For years, mixologists around the world have been adding a fruity spin to the drink. Daiquiris are so popular that July 19th was named National Daiquiri Day. We’ll raise a glass to that.

 

Strawberry Daiquiri

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Light Rum
  • 2 Ounces Grand Marnier or Triple Sec [Optional – Recommended]
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 8 Ounces Frozen Unsweetened Strawberries

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemmed Glass
  • Blender

 

Preparation

Strawberry Daiquiri: Chill a stemmed glass in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

In a blender, add light rum, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, lime juice, simple syrup, strawberries, and 1 cup of ice. Blend together until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish with lime wheel. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 196 Fat (g) 0.16 Saturated Fat (g) 0.026 Potassium (mg) 42 Carbohydrates (g) 16.82 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.2 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0.14 Sodium (mg) 12

How to make a classic strawberry daiquiri

 

 

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This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is one refreshing drink.

Making a Classic Mint Mojito

The Muddle. The Liquor. and The Bubbly

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is a refreshing drink in this summer heat.

Classic Mojito Recipe

Mojitos. This Cuban delight owes it’s popularity much to -believe it or not- the Prohibition era when Americans set their sights on Havana’s beachy nightclubs to satisfy the need for a Night Cap. Here is where the Mojito became the sophisticated little concoction they are today.

Before this, mojitos were made by Cuban farmers from barely palatable rum that required sugar, lime, and mint just to mask the taste. In Havana, the mojito got dressed up in a tall glass with ice and carbonated water to wow American vacation goers and rum smugglers alike.

They are some of the most popular cocktails ordered at bars, and your bartender might hate you a little bit for asking for one. The Reason? This delicious Cuban drink is a bit time-consuming to make and can have a messy cleanup.

We put together this version of a classic mint mojito using El Dorado White Rum, fresh mint, freshly squeezed lime juice, San Pellegrino Sparkling Water [because it’s fancier than regular club soda] and our homemade simple syrup.

Go ahead and venture from this recipe if you like and add more lime juice, syrup, or mint for added flavor. Customizing your drink to taste is key.

 

Classic Mint Mojito

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 20 Sprigs Fresh Mint
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Spoon or Muddler

 

Preparation

Classic Mint Mojito: At the bottom of a glass, gently muddle about 8 mint leaves and simple syrup together with a muddler or long spoon. Add ice to glass. Next, add lime juice, white rum, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then strain over ice. Top with San Pellegrino sparkling water [or club soda]. Garnish with mint sprig, cheers!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 217 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 24 Carbohydrates (g) 24 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 23.5 Protein (g) 0.14 Sodium (mg) 30

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is one refreshing drink.

 
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