Episode 45: Hamilton 86 rum

5 Minutes of Rum episode 45: The Tiki Oasis 15 episode featuring Hamilton 86 rum, new cocktail glassware from Cocktail Kingdom and Beachbum Berry, crushing ice on the go, and 2 cocktails: the Space Madness and the Escape Velocity.

Lewis bag.

Tiki tOny mallet.

Lewis bag and Tiki tOny mallet.

The Escape Velocity

Space Madness

Space Madness
2 oz Hamilton 86
1 oz Scarlet Ibis Trinidad rum
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz orange juice (fresh if you have it)
1/2 oz maple syrup
1/4 oz vanilla syrup
1/4 oz pimento dram

Combine all ingredients with ice cubes in a shaker tin. Shake and pour unstrained into a tiki mug, Pearl Diver glass, or another tall glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and an orange peel.


Escape Velocity
1 oz Hamilton 151
1 oz Smith & Cross
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz demerara sugar syrup
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
1/4 oz orange curaçao
2 dashes Regan’s orange bitters
1 dash chocolate mole bitters

Flash blend with 1 cup crushed ice and pour unstrained into a tall glass or metal pilsner/swizzle cup. Alternately, swizzle in a tall glass or or metal pilsner/swizzle cup filled with crushed ice. Once mixed, add more crushed ice and continue to swizzle until the vessel is frosty.

Episode 44: Lost Spirits Polynesian Inspired Rum

5 Minutes of Rum episode 44: Lost Spirits Polynesian Inspired Rum, Pimm’s #1, and the Polynesian Cup.

Aloha, Baby.

Polynesian Cup
1 oz. Lost Spirits Polynesian Inspired Rum
1 oz Pimm’s #1
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
3 oz ginger beer (2 oz if using a stronger ginger beer like Fever Tree)

Shake all ingredients except ginger beer with ice cubes in a shaking tin. Pour unstrained into a tiki mug or a double-old fashioned glass. Stir in ginger beer. Garnish with a slice of cucumber if desired. Sip slowly in the hot sun.

Episode 43: Appleton Reserve

5 Minutes of Rum episode 43: Appleton Reserve, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, Jasper’s Secret Mix, and 2 rum punches (Jasper’s Jamaican Planter’s Punch and Jasper’s Rum Punch).

Appleton Reserve - current (June 2015) label

Appleton Reserve: pre-June 2015 label on left, June 2015 label on the right.

Jasper's Secret Mix

Jasper’s Jamaican Planter’s Punch

Jasper’s Rum Punch

Jasper’s Jamaican Planter’s Punch
2 oz dark Jamaican rum (Appleton Reserve)
1 1/2 oz Jasper’s Secret Mix

Add to a 10 oz highball glass filled with cracked or crushed ice. Stir or swizzle until well-chilled and the glass frosts. Add more ice to fill. Garnish with a sprig of mint. As published in VSFC, the recipe calls for 1 1/2 oz dark Jamaican rum (Coruba).

Jasper’s Rum Punch
1 1/2 oz J Wray & Nephew White rum
1 1/2 oz Jasper’s Secret Mix

Stir with cracked or crushed ice in a small-ish highball glass. Garnish with a cherry (use the good ones). Or mint. Or both.

Jasper’s Secret Mix
To make Jasper’s Secret mix, combine 12 ounces of fresh squeezed and strained lime juice with 1 1/2 cups of demerara or another raw sugar. Add 1 1/2 ounces of Angostura bitters and half of a whole nutmeg, freshly grated. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, bottle, and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. If you think you won’t use it quickly, you can halve the recipe.