Episode 50: Blackwell Jamaican rum

5 Minutes of Rum episode 50: Blackwell rum, ginger beer, blood orange, and Nelson’s Blood.

Trader Vic's PDX entrance

Munktiki-created tiki mugs based on tikis found at the Trader Vic's PDX location (hint, you can see several of them in the preceding photos).

Nelson's Blood cocktail.

Nelson’s Blood, slightly modified (from Trader Vic’s Portland)

Juice of 1/4 lemon (squeeze over glass)
Juice of 1/4 blood orange (squeeze over glass)
1/4 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz blood orange puree*
1/4 oz brandy
1/4 oz falernum
2 oz dark rum (Blackwell Jamaican rum)
2 oz ginger beer

Squeeze the 1/4 lemon and the 1/4 blood orange over a double old fashioned glass. Shake all ingredients except for the ginger beer in a shaking tin with ice cubes and the squeezed lemon rind. Pour unstrained into the double old fashioned glass. Float ginger beer. Garnish with the squeezed blood orange rind and spanked mint.

* I use fresh pressed blood orange juice, but I don’t strain it, so it’s close to a puree in my book.

Episode 49: Foursquare Distillery Port Cask finish rum

5 Minutes of Rum episode 49: The grab bag - Foursquare Distillery Port Cask finish rum, new cocktail tools, and a few holiday-themed recipes.

Nutty Like a Fruitcake

Egg Nog

Xmas Red

Rum (originally Tequila-Sherry) Eggnog
2 large eggs
3 oz (by volume) superfine or baker’s sugar
2 oz añejo tequila (aged rum, such as Plantation 5 or Diplomatico Reserva)
2 1/2 oz Amontillado sherry (sherry-finished rum, or other strong rum. I originally used a Plantation Trinidad rum, aged in sherry casks, subsequently I used Clément Single Barrel)
6 oz whole milk
4 oz heavy cream

In a blender or stand mixer on low speed, beat eggs until smooth. Slowly add sugar until incorporated and dissolved. Add sherry, tequila, milk and cream. Refrigerate overnight if possible and serve in small chilled cups. Dust with freshly grated nutmeg before serving.

Xmas Red
1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier (Clement Creole Shrubb)
1 1/2 oz Smith & Cross Jamaican rum
1 1/2 oz Cranberry juice
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (hibiscus grenadine syrup for a richer red color)
Fresh rosemary needles

Muddle 8-10 rosemary needles with simple syrup. Add the rest of ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with large ice cubes and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Episode 48: Skipper Rum

5 Minutes of Rum episode 48: Skipper demerara rum, tropical cocktails in the form of Lapus, and the Chief Kopi Kopi.

Chief Kopi Kopi as served at Tiki Caliente 5

Chief Kopi Kopi as it's meant to be.

Chief Kopi Kopi
2 oz Demerara rum (Skipper rum)
1 oz Gold Puerto Rican rum (Cruzan Amber)
3/4 oz 151 Demerara rum (Hamilton 151)
2 oz Orange Juice
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz fresh white grapefruit juice*
1/2 oz pineapple juice
3/4 oz passion fruit syrup
3/4 oz demerara sugar syrup

Shake with ice cubes and pour unstrained into a large tiki mug. Add more ice. Share it with a friend. Or don’t. Go Kings.

* If you can’t find a fresh white grapefruit, add a dash of Fee’s grapefruit bitters to up the grapefruit a bit.