Ok, well as this is my very first post I wanted to start with a cocktail as this is what first got me into rum while chilling on a beach in Grand Cayman.
I don’t think its a coincidence that ‘Rum’ rhymes with ‘fun’ so lets start this journey at the beginning with a bit of a fun and an easy to make cocktail which is even easier to drink.
Iv naturally chosen a spiced rum to start proceeding, largely in part due to the growing popularity of spiced rums in the UK such as Captain Morgan, Kraken and Sailor Jerry’s. Spiced rum was the variety that first peaked my interest as they have a very large appeal due to the sweet nature of the spirit which is great served with mixers.
Iv chosen Redleg spiced Rum for this cocktail (which I will be reviewing in the next couple of days) lots of ginger, vanilla and spiced goodness.
As I embark on my journey of Rum exploration I envisage my reviews getting more technical but to start with I will simply be honest and base reviews on personal preferences as opposed to anything else.
This cocktail was taken from the redleg website which I tweaked slightly as I could not get hold of cinnamon syrup, but in my opinion turned out great without it, so very happy with the final result.
If you like summer fruit cocktails this is a real winner.
1./ Start by crushing up some ice into cool jam jar cocktail cups (bought these in wilko for £2.99 or something like that!)…. Jam jars are the latest hipster drinking vessel and no self respecting rum drinker should be seen without one!
2./ Add a shot of Redleg spiced rum and fill half way up the cup with cloudy apple juice. I used Coppella Cloudy apple, (which is delicious on its own) and you can find in Tesco.
3./ Fill the jars to the top with Old Jamaica ginger beer (non-alcoholic) again you can find this in Tesco. Slice a lime and add a cinnamon stick. Stir with a spoon to infuse the flavours. Don’t forget to add retro straw for that all important retro hipster look.
4./ Arrange drink in a stylish fashion (see below) and be prepared for a taste sensation!
5./ These are very morish, great for on a hot day…. or at any time really!
- Redleg Rum (or any good spiced rum) but redleg has great vanilla taste which seems to really come through on the cocktail.
- Old Jamaica Ginger Beer
- Cloudy apple Juice ( I used Coppella)
- Slice of Lime
- Cinnamon stick
- Cool hipster jam jars (not Mandatory)
- Day off (you will not want to do anything after these, apart from chilling)