With this weekend serving as the unofficial start of summer, the rum punch is sure to be flowing for the next few days. In honor of both the holiday weekend and their #SunsOutRumsOut campaign, I was tasked with creating my own Memorial Day rum punch recipe by Captain Morgan. I absolutely love, love, love coconut rum, so I of course chose the new Captain Morgan Coconut Rum as my booze of choice. I wanted a rum punch that was a little on the creative side, and after some experimentation, I created “The Bitter Coconut,” a rum punch that’s both sweet and tart.
Check out the recipe to “The Bitter Coconut,” below. Cheers!
The Bitter Coconut (Makes 6 Servings)
8 oz. Captain Morgan Coconut Rum
1 oz. Bitter Italian Apertif
1.75 cups Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
1.5 tbsp. Lemon Simple Syrup*
Combine all ingredients (minus grapefruit soda) in a large pitcher. Add ice, stir, and serve. Top off individual servings with grapefruit soda.
Can you think of a flavor combination more decadent than that of banana and caramel? Let me help you out, pal. No, you absolutely cannot. But seriously, I’m a huge fan of anything that combines both banana and caramel. So, when I had the opportunity to create a Memorial Day cocktail using Blue Chair Bay Rum Banana, which is described as boasting a “caramelized banana flavor,” I knew I had to create a boozy, caramel-banana treat.
Using both Blue Chair Bay Rum Banana and Southern Comfort Caramel, I created the “Banana Caramel Crush,” because you’re sure to be crushing on this cocktail all season. If you’re eager to whip up a “Banana Caramel Crush” then I’ve got some pretty sweet news. Thanks to Blue Chair Bay Rum, I’m giving away a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum! Yes! Free booze!
To enter, hit me up in the comments section and let me know what your favorite rum cocktail is. Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win. Those entering must be 21 and up, and must also reside in the United States. One winner will be chosen on Friday, May 22.
Good luck, and be sure to check out my “Banana Caramel Crush” recipe below!
1 oz. Blue Chair Bay Rum Banana
0.5 oz. Southern Comfort Caramel
1.5 oz. Milk
0.5 tbsp. Caramel Sauce
Half Of A Banana
Coat the inside of a cocktail glass with caramel sauce and set aside. Combine Blue Chair Bay Rum Banana, Southern Comfort Caramel, milk, and caramel sauce in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into your cocktail glass (filled with ice) and garnish with bananas and a caramel drizzle.
Be sure to check out Blue Chair Bay Rum’s Facebook page for other rum-tastical drink recipes!
I’m all for putting my own twist on a classic cocktail, so when I was challenged by Maker’s Mark to create a unique and creative spin on the Mint Julep for their #JulepOff, I was down for the cause.
If you live in or have ever visited the South, then you know that we take our sweet tea very seriously. It’s practically pumping through our veins. So, for my #JulepOff cocktail I knew I wanted to incorporate sweet tea somehow. And to up the ante on creativity just a tad, I chose to use a lemon simple syrup to create the sweet tea effect. In addition to bourbon, mint is a primary ingredient in a Mint Julep, so I chose to keep that addition.
If you plan on hosting an Easter brunch with friends and/or family, I’m sure the last thing you want to worry about is whipping up a cocktail for each and every person. This is exactly the kind of situation where big batch cocktails come in handy. All you have to do is get your hands on a nice punch bowl or cocktail dispenser and you’re halfway there. For my Easter brunch-inspired cocktail, I went with a jug-style, cocktail dispenser from Pottery Barn. It features a stainless steel spigot with a silicone gasket, so there’s no drip-drop-drip-drippety-drop to worry about.
The big batch cocktail I created was the Perfectly Peachy Punch. It’s refreshingly fruity, and the addition of Ciroc Peach adds a nice amount of boozy kick. Add a few lime and lemon wheels as your garnish and your big batch cocktail is ready to be enjoyed by the masses.
I’m sure quite a few of you (I won’t name any names) are still nursing hangovers from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day over the weekend, so I’d like to issue a friendly reminder that St. Patrick’s Day is actually this Tuesday (March 17). And with a little experimentation and a bottle of Teeling Irish Whiskey, I’ve created a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail that surely isn’t for the faint of heart. I’ve added a spicy kick to the classic Whiskey Sour cocktail thanks to the addition of fresh jalapeno, and created what I’ve dubbed “The Spicy Shamrock.”
Check out “The Spicy Shamrock” recipe below, and cheers to a Lushworthy, St. Patrick’s Day!
1.5 oz Teeling Irish Whiskey
1.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz Water
1.5 tsp Sugar
2 Jalapeno Slices
Add Teeling Irish Whiskey to a shaker with no ice. Add one jalapeno slice and muddle. Add fresh lemon juice, water, sugar, and ice. Shake contents. Double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, using both the shaker strainer and a mesh strainer to capture any seeds from the jalapeno. Garnish with jalapeno slice and maraschino cherry.
As a spirits writer, a handful of mismatched cocktail glasses here and there doesn’t even begin to explain my glassware struggle. I’ve got about a dozen souvenir glasses and not a single, complete set of cocktail glasses in sight. For most of us, spring cleaning usually means ditching your old threads or giving your floorboards a good dusting. Despite being a vital part of the home, glassware and any other kitchenware tends to get neglected during the spring cleaning process. Hence a plethora of chipped mugs, cloudy souvenir glasses, and other maladies hidden behind closed (cabinet) doors.
With spring right around the corner, I finally chose to give my glassware a minor makeover. First off, I ditched any glassware that’s chipped, cracked, or looks like it may be older than my nine-year-old cousin. And to add a nice amount of spring flair, I purchased a set of green, Victorian tumblers from Pottery Barn. They’re a perfect size for cocktails and their spring-friendly, green hue adds a much-needed dose of colorful flair to my glassware.