This summer we have totally fallen in love with rum cocktails thanks to some of the great rums that we have found, plus the opening of a really great Tiki bar in town. Rum is a spirit that evokes a lot of feelings of warm tropical locations, so what better way to keep the feeling of summer going? Plus National Rum Day is coming up, so we thought maybe we should roll out one of those great rum cocktails to celebrate!
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We were reading through some cocktail recipe collections (what can we say, we are cocktail nerds!) when we ran across a cocktail called the Roosevelt which combined rum and vermouth. This combination piqued our interest, but as we were currently out of dry vermouth, we had to branch out on our own. The result is a drink we call The Shipwreck, a great combo of aged rum and Lillet Blanc and fresh lime.
Of course a good cocktail starts with a good spirit and since we were looking to make a drink that had a nice tropical feel we wanted to find a rum that would bring lots of warm tropical flavors. Since we had lots of rums that are light, but not any aged ones in our house, we pulled up Drizly and looked up a rum that we have been enjoying in some drinks at our local tiki bar, Pyrat Xo Reserve Rum. Since Drizly offers in home delivery of all kinds of great spirits, it was really easy to order up this bottle and in just about an hour we had a brand spanking new bottle of Pyrat in our hands!
Pyrat Xo Reserve is a blend of barrel aged demerara rums, some of which are aged up to 15 years in french oak barrels to really smooth out the flavors. Demerara rums tend to be dark, rich rums full of burnt sugar cane and molasses which brings lots big flavors that work really well for tropical cocktails. Pyrat brings all those sweet dark flavors, plus there is a nice undercurrent of sweet tangerine and orange that really brings out the tropical feeling.
With Pyrat as our base spirit, we wanted something that would bring in a little herbal complexity and help round out the sweetness of the rum. When we were looking back at the recipe for the Roosevelt, it called for the use of a dry vermouth, which would bring a herbal character to a drink. We were thinking about what would go well with a rum, and remembered another aperitif spirit, Lillet Blanc, which is a nice fruity liqueur that is made from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc wines mixed with brandy and orange peels, all of which plays really well with the rum.
We wanted this cocktail to have a real tropical feel, so we turned to a couple of flavors that are often associated with tropical drinks, grapefruit and lime. Fresh squeezed lime works really well with just about any rum (British sailors were called limeys for a reason, they got a ration of rum and a lime to chase away scurvy!) The lime brings a tart citrus brightness to the drink and a sour edge that helped add another layer of flavor to the cocktail.
We had a grapefruit simple syrup in house we had used for homemade soda for our kids. The grapefruit syrup wasn’t overly sweet (hey its grapefruit) but it had a nice sweet tart grapefruit-iness about it that really felt tropical and fresh. The citrus notes of the lime and grapefruit syrup add layers of sweet and tart and tied the whole drink together!
The Shipwreck is a really nice drink for an evening by the pool, at the beach or in your own tiki bar, plus its one heck of a drink to celebrate National Rum Day! Hey we had one just to celebrate hitting 10000 followers on Instagram! If you aren’t following us on Instagram why aren’t you!? Cheers!
Also, check out other National Rum Day recipes – from our food blogger friends at Nomageddon with a Dark & Stormy.
- 1 3/4 oz Dark Rum
- 1 oz grapefruit simple syrup
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz Lillet blanc
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
- Shake with ice until chilled.
- Strain into a coupe. Cheers!