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 3: Dark Jamaican rum

5 Minutes of Rum episode 3: Dark Jamaican rum, Coruba Dark Jamaican rum, passion fruit syrup, and the Trader Vic Grog cocktail.

Coruba Dark Jamaican rum

Passion fruit

Preparing passion fruit syrup

Preparing passion fruit syrup

Bottled passion fruit syrup

Double old-fashioned glass (Trader Vic's)

Trader Vic Grog

Trader Vic Grog

Passion fruit syrup

In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar with between 3/4 cup - 1 cup of cold water. Stir over very low heat until sugar is dissolved and begins to simmer. Split 3-5 passion fruits in half, remove the fruit and seeds inside, and add to the simmering sugar mixture. Stir and keep simmering over low heat for 2-5 minutes. Remove from heat, and leave standing for 1.5-2 hours. Transfer to a syrup bottle and add 1/2 ounce silver Puerto Rican rum as a stabilizer.

Trader Vic Grog

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1 oz pineapple juice

1 oz passion fruit syrup

2 oz Dark Jamaican rum

1 dash Angostura bitters

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 1 cup crushed or cubed ice. Shake and pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass. Add more ice to fill. Garnish with mint.