Episode 61: Don Q Anejo

5 Minutes of Rum episode 61: Don Q Anejo, the book Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the iconic tiki restaurant, and the Derby Daiquiri.

Derby Daiquiri
1 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 1/2 oz column still aged rum (Don Q Anejo)
A “handful” of crushed ice

Put everything into a kitchen or spindle blender at high speed for 15 seconds. Pour unstrained into a cocktail glass. In a spindle blender you won’t get as finally blended ice, but I assure you it will taste delicious.

2 oz Don Q Anejo
1 tsp. simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters

Combine in a mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill (about 30 seconds). Strain into an old-fashioned glass with a single large ice cube. Garnish with fresh orange peel.

Episode 53: Caliche rum

5 Minutes of Rum episode 53: Caliche Puerto Rican rum, tea syrup, and the Tropicalia cocktail.

Bodum tea press

Loose black tea

The Tropicalia, Stockton Islander mug by Eric October.

1 1/2 oz orange juice (fresh if possible)
1 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz tea syrup (English Breakfast)
1/4 oz honey mix
2 oz silver rum (Caliche)
1 oz gold Barbados rum (Mt. Gay Eclipse)

Shake well with ice cubes, pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass or a bucket mug. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Tea syrup
Brew a strong English Breakfast style black tea and mix it with equal parts baker’s sugar while the tea is still hot. Stir to dissolve the sugar and store in a bottle in the refrigerator. Add 1/2 to 1 oz of silver rum as a stabilizer, depending on the amount of syrup being stored. 

Happy 10th Anniversary, ZTL.

Episode 39: Ron del Barrilito Two Star

5 Minutes of Rum episode 39: Ron del Barrilito Two Star, Potions of the Caribbean, Joe Scialom, plus the Sol Y Sombra and Oro de los Tontos cocktails.

Joe Scialom

Joe Scialom

Joe Scialom

Sol Y Sombra
1 1/2 oz gold Puerto Rican rum (Ron del Barrilito 2 star)
3/4 oz dark Jamaican rum (Coruba)
1/2 oz apricot brandy
2 ounces fresh pineapple juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake with ice cubes. Then either:
pour unstrained into a hollowed out baby/small pineapple, securing the pineapple in a specialty bowl filled with crushed ice
pour into an old-fashioned or rounded glass.

In either case, garnish with a paper parasol.


Oro de los Tontos (Fools Gold)
2 oz Gold Puerto Rican rum (Ron del Barrilito 2 star)
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/4 oz simple syrup
3 drops Pernod
3 drops almond extract

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.