3 Rum-based Cocktails That Captain Jack Sparrow Would Approve Of
When I say “rum”, what do you say?
If you said “-butan”, congratulations, while the spelling is slightly off, you know your tropical fruits. However, today we are not talking about red, hairy fruits. Instead we are talking about rum, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane. A perennial favourite of pirates, fictional and otherwise, rum is produced mainly in the Caribbean and Latin America. Today, we will be looking at 3 rum-based cocktails guaranteed to make you walk the plank. The plank of sheer delight and deliciousness, that is. Let’s just get the pirate-puns out of the way, shall we?
ARRRRR you ready? For tasty rum cocktails? Of course you are.
El Floridita Daiquiri
A daiquiri is, at its essence, a cocktail made from rum, lime and sugar. Over the years, different variations have emerged, from strawberry daiquiris to banana daiquiris. The El Floridita Daiquiri is no exception. Originally from the Havana bar that shares the same name, the El Floridita Daiquiri is a standard daiquiri with a twist; it adds a touch of maraschino liqueur to give it extra depth and taste. Also, how fun is it to say El Floridita Daiquiri? Try it. El Floridita Daiquiri. It rolls off the tongue like a stolen kiss under the moonlight in a Parisian café.
2 ounces white rum
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar or simple syrup (or less, to taste)
1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Fill with ice.
Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a thin slice of lime.
Who doesn’t love Campari? You simply can’t get better bitters than Campari. And flamingoes? They’re like Nature’s court jesters, somewhat full of themselves but a little silly and a whole lot of lovable. Mix the two together and you will get a severely intoxicated bird. The cocktail called the Campari Flamingo is a whole different matter altogether. There’s nothing silly at all about this concoction. It has a full body, a tart and fruity bitter edge, and a bass note from rum. Just the perfect thing to sip on in the heat of summer.
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 to 2 limes
1 1/2 ounce aged rum, such as Appleton Estate
1/2 ounce Campari
3 ounces pink grapefruit soda such as Fizzy Lizzy
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add lime juice, rum, and Campari.
Strain into ice-filled rocks glass.
Add grapefruit soda, stir gently and serve.
Pineapple Rum Punch
This drink is what I assume SpongeBob SquarePants would taste like, if a fictional animated character could be tasted. The Pineapple Rum Punch is a knockout combination of sweet pineapple, rich aged rum and tart lemons. Your mouth will feel like it’s gone to fruity heaven. Delightfully boozy, fruity heaven. Also, no matter how tempting it is, try to refrain from actually punching someone while you shout out “Pineapple Rum Punch!” at the top of your lungs as you make this incredibly delicious cocktail.
3/4 cup boiling water
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 cups ripe pineapple chunks (from about half a pineapple), cut about 1 inch square
1 1/2 cups aged rum
1 cup freshly squeezed juice from 6 to 8 lemons
1 1/2 cups chilled sparkling water
6 lemon wedges
Mix hot water and sugar until sugar dissolves.
Add pineapple chunks and stir, mashing pineapple lightly.
Let sit at room temperature 2 hours, or cover and refrigerate overnight to infuse.
Transfer pineapple/sugar mixture to a large pitcher or punch bowl.
Add rum and lemon and stir well.
Add sparkling water and stir gently.
Divide among ice-filled serving glasses.
Serve, garnished with lemon wedges.
Recipes and photos taken from the great folks over at http://www.seriouseats.com