Thursday, August 16, 2012

It's National Rum Day, What Are You Drinking?

Seriously people, it's national rum day.  And Rum, is delicious.

Perhaps you're feeling an island-y slush-y Piña Colada, the storm of a Hurricane, or a lovely Mai Tai.  Vacation in a glass?  Yes please! 

A Zombie is guaranteed to get one in a festive mood - frighteningly potent with 3 variations of rum in addition to cherry brandy - and devilishly delicious:

         Bring Out the Beast

Debuted at the 1939 World's Fair

1 1/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Dark Rum
1/2 oz Light Rum
1/2 oz High Proof Dark Rum
3/4 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Cherry Brandy
2 Dashes Grenadine

But how about mixing up some classic cocktails with Rum?  Genius, we say!  We have some insider recipes from some of New York's best bartenders - shaking up some classics using one of our favorite Rums, Santa Teresa

1796 Manhattan
by Kenta Goto of Pegu Club

2 oz “Santa Teresa 1796” Rum
½ oz Sweet Vermouth Mix (1:1 ratio of Martini & Rossi and Carpano Antica)
½ oz Water (at room temperature)
1 dash of Chocolate Bitters Mix (1:1 ratio of Bitter Truth and Fee Brothers)

Build all ingredients in a separate glass.  Slowly pour into a snifter.  Garnish with a cherry and serve at room temperature with chocolate-covered espresso beans on a side plate.

1796 Manhattan - Photo by Belathee Photography/Hanna Lee Communications

Island Old Fashioned 
by Joseph Schwartz of Silver Lining

2 oz “Santa Teresa 1796” Rum
1 dash of Cane Syrup
1 dash of Velvet Falernum
1 dash of Angostura Bitters

Build in a whiskey glass with ice.  Garnish with orange and lemon twists.

Island Old Fashioned - Photo by Belathee Photography/Hanna Lee Communications

Venezuelan Daiquiri 
by Kenta Goto of Pegu Club
2 oz “Santa Teresa 1796” Rum
½ oz Demerara Syrup (2:1 ratio of Demerara Sugar and Water)
¼ oz Guava Purée
2 ½ tsp Citrus Mix (1:1 ratio of Lemon and Lime Juices)
½ tsp Meletti Anisette
1 pinch of Nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin.  Shake with ice and strain with a loose-mesh strainer into a martini glass.  Garnish with sliced guava.

Venezuelan Daiquiri - Photo by Belathee Photography/Hanna Lee Communications

Make like you're on a beach, feet in the sand, listening to a steel drum band, and enjoy the sunset.


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