The Shipwreck – a Rum and Lillet Cocktail

The Shipwreck - A Rum and Lillet Cocktail for National Rum Day 2017

A great rum and Lillet cocktail that is tiki-ish and so tasty! Check it out!

 

 

 

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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The Shipwreck cocktail in coupe with mint. Rum bottle, flowers, wood spoon, famingo napkin and limes in background

 

 

 

Rum and Lillet

We were reading through some cocktail recipe collections (what can we say, we are cocktail nerds!) Then 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.

 

 

 

 

The Shipwreck cocktail in coupe with mint sprig. Rum bottle in background

 

 

 

 

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. If course we had 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! In just about an hour we had a brand spanking new bottle of Pyrat in our hands!

 

 

 

 

The Shipwreck cocktail in coupe with mint. Rum bottle, wood spoon, flamingo napkin and limes in background

Coupe (ours is vintage) / Wood Ice Tea Spoon / Flamingo Napkins (like these, not the same)

 

 

Which Rum to Use?

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. This 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.

 

 

 

 

The Shipwreck cocktail in coupe with mint

 

 

 

 

With Pyrat as our base spirit, we wanted something that would bring in a little herbal complexity and 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. This 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.

 

 

Lillet Blanc 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.

 

 

 

 

The Shipwreck cocktail in coupe with mint.

 

 

 

What Citrus to Add

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.

 

 

 

 

The Shipwreck cocktail in coupe with mint. Rum bottle, flowers, wood spoons, flamingo napkin in background

 

 

 

What other Flavors To Add?

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. It 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! 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.

 

 

 

Like this recipe? Try these below, too!

Tropical Rum Punch

 

 

 

 

Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

 

 

 

 

Other Tiki Cocktails

Tropical Painkiller – Cooking with Curls

Aloha Screwdriver – What the Fork

Mermaid Colada – Craft and Cocktails

Spiced Pomegranate Mai Tai – Drinking with Chickens

Zombie – The Little Epicurean

Other Lillet Cocktails

LIllet Lemonade – Salt & Wind

Lillet Basil – Martha Stewart

The French Negroni – Lexi Bites

Bootsy Collins – Saveur

Vesper Martini – Bon Appetit

 

 

 

 

Yield: 1

The Shipwreck - A Rum and Lillet Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
A rum and lillet cocktail, tiki and tropical themed with grapefruit and lime.

Ingredients

Grapefruit Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 grapefruit, cut up, peel and all

For the Cocktail

  • .50 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz grapefruit simple syrup
  • 1.75 oz dark rum
  • .50 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

Instructions

For the Cocktail

Combine all ingredients in a shaker.

Shake with ice until chilled.

Strain into a coupe.

Cheers!

For the Grapefruit Simple Syrup

Combine grapefruit pieces, sugar and water in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil, let simmer for 5 minutes.

Take off of heat and let steep for 5 minutes.

Strain out grapefruit pieces.

Store in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 22mg Carbohydrates: 30.6g Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 5.8g Protein: 0g

 

 

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7 thoughts on “The Shipwreck – a Rum and Lillet Cocktail

  1. Mmmm….This Shipwreck cocktail looks so tasty! And I love your lovely glass and images. So beautiful. 🙂

  2. You always have the best cocktails in the best glasses! So pretty! I love Lillet, and looking forward to trying this!

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