Blackberry Rum Bramble

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When I was a youth back in Marin County, California, my family and I used to go to a nearby creek and pick Blackberries from the bushes in late Aug – early Sept. Every year, I think about those hilarious times of fumbling through the brambles, trying not to get too many cuts, and gathering as many berries as we could hold. Then we’d take our treasured fruit back to my mom, who would cook them into a cobbler. (Wow, I sound really provençal right now.)

Ahhhh, childhood.

Anyone up for a late season Blackberry Bramble? Yes? Not just any Bramble though, a Rum Bramble in a Mule cup!

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I got this nice Mule cup from my friend Drinks and Ink at my birthday, thanks dude!

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Blackberry Rum Bramble

  • 2 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
  • 3/4 Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cinnamon Bark syrup
  • 7-8 Blackberries
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters (optional)
  • Garnish: Lemon Peel

Combine Blackberries, Lemon juice, and Cinnamon Bark syrup and muddle. Add Rum and shake over cracked ice. Dirty pour contents of shaker into Mule cup.

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Scrumptuousness in a mug y’all. Cheers!

National Rum Day 2015

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I’ve made so many Rum cocktails since I started this blog that I can’t even count them all. With all those #TikiTheSnowAway drinks last January, to a million Daiquiris, to various and sundry Rum cocktails, I am constantly asking myself, “where’s all the Rum gone?” I thought perhaps those crazy Monkeys from the “Blame the Monkeys” series had drunk it, but no.

It was I who guzzled the Rum!

This sunday is National Rum Day, so let’s give a huge round of applause for the glorious Rums you’ve got in your Home Bar! Here’s my lil tribute:

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Brugal Extra Dry is probably the closest I’ve got to a standard light Rum, yet way more delicious than most. It’s excellent in Daiquiris, Piña Coladas, and anything light, bright and fruity. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Brugal Extra Dry is aged and has a wonderful nose of Coconut, Toasted Marshmallow, and Pineapple/Citrus.

Cocktails: DKO Punch, Classic Daiquiri, Pineapple Cinnamon Daiquiri

Denizen

Denizen Aged White Rum. I’ve probably used this one at least 2x more than all other ones because it this White Rum has loads of flavor. With grassy, banana, and pineapple/citrus notes, Denizen White Rum really packs a punch. I love using it in shaken fruity Tiki cocktails but also stirred drinks. LUV U DENIZEN.

Cocktails: DD’s Shrunken Skull, Golden Banana Grog, Captain Corcoran

Angostura-7

Yes, the House of Angostura makes more than just bitters! They make several killer Rums and a delicious Amaro too! I got this Rum to replace the beloved Flor de Caña 7 (my liquor store switched Rums on me!) and though not quite as smooth, the Angostura 7 makes up for that smoothness with versatility. Totally tasty and has a short, wide finish which makes it really useful for Tiki/Tropical cocktails. Angostura 7 is also great if you’re going to be making a drink with an Amaro, Liqueur or another ingredient with a longer finish.

Cocktails: Blame the Monkeys No. 3, DD’s Shrunken Skull

Smith-&-Cross

The funkiest one of my bunch, Smith & Cross Navy Strength Jamaica Rum is UNBELIEVABLE! Literally unbelievable. It’s so damn good. It is also 1/2 of the greatest split base of all time! I think about it every time I want a drink to get a little bit wild. Tons of fruity funk right in your face and a beautiful finish + that Navy Strength for bite! CHOMP!

Cocktails: Gamekeeper’s Grog, Seafarer’s Sour, West India Docks, Orgeat Gabor

Hamilton-151

If you’re into Rum and haven’t yet checked out the Ministry of Rum, you best head over there and get into it. A very tall man named Ed Hamilton has catalogued nearly every Rum on earth and used his vast knowledge to start a line of his own Rums. I just got this Demerara Hamilton 151 after Lemon Hart went RIP and It’s like 1000x better, no lie! The Tiki gods will bless you when you get this Rum.

Cocktails: my version of a Painkiller, Jet Pilot, Cobra’s Fang

BMD-Rum

Last but definitely not least, Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ragged Mountain Rum. Now, I got this during that trip to the Berkshires back in the spring but DID NOT OPEN IT! Why didn’t I open it? Because it’s a Rum which has been aged in Bourbon casks for the purpose of actually tasting like Bourbon! It’s Bourbon Rum! I tasted it at the distillery and was Bourbon during the first wave, then the Rum hits you on the way down your throat. Totally out of sight! Totally magnificent. It totally won a Double Gold at the SF Spirits Awards. Boom! I wanted to wait til the autumn for this one, so look for it in some drinks soon!

Hope you’ve enjoyed Home Bar Girl’s lil tribute to National Rum Day! Let’s all make some tropical cocktails to celebrate! Cheers!

Copa de Cibola

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AUGUST, I have arrived! This is the month of my birth and I always feel a certain kind of fever this time of year. Maybe it’s the heat? Maybe it’s the golden tones in the light? Maybe my brain is fried from going to the beach?

Yeah, it’s definitely the heat.

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Yesterday on Instagram I posted the August version of #HomeBarFrontRow cause I like to switch bottles out for inspiration. If you want to join in the fun and show off your Home Bar, just post a photo with the hashtag #HomeBarFrontRow!

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Well, inspiration came rather quickly in the form of these ingredients! I began with Calvados*, then thought “Oh that would totally go well with Denizen White Rum and Giffard Banane.” Then I wanted a Pimento spice set for the “bitters” and sort of went back and forth between St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram and Dale Degroff’s Pimento Bitters. I did a smell test and St. Elizabeth won. (But major love for the Dale Degroff Bitters. No hard feelings!)

*Note: this is Christian Drouin Calvados but that bottle definitely doesn’t fit in my Home Bar, so I switched it.

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As far as the name of the drink goes: In the 16th century, there was an area in the southwestern US that was fabled to have seven cities of gold. Cibola was one of those cities.

Copa de Cibola

  • 1 3/4 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
  • 1 oz Christian Drouin Calvados
  • 1/2 oz Giffard Banana Liqueur
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • Garnish: Orange peel

Combine ingredients over ice and give it a nice long stirrrrrrrrrr. Strain into the most beautiful coupe you have. Express Orange peel and garnish.

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Golden August Cheers to all y’all!

Isla Papaya

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A couple of days ago, we got a Papaya. Every time we get a Papaya, we let it ripen, chop it into square-ish chunks and put it in our daily smoothies. Well, a thought occurred to me, “If you like the texture of Papaya in smoothies so much, why not put it in a frozen cocktail?”

HMMMMMM!

So I did what any smart Home Bar Girl would do and I asked Instagram what they would do with Papaya in cocktails.

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Hellooooooo Papaya Bites!

Some fabulous people suggested that I use Papaya with flavours like Mint, Mango, Falernum, Chili/Spice, Honey, Tequila, Rum. Nice start! Then people gave suggestions like, “I just wanna chomp a juicy, boozy Papaya cube as I sip a drank.” YES PLEASE GURL.

So I took all of these ideas, and cracked open the greatest book on earth for a girl in search of flavor pairings, The Flavor Bible. I looked up Papaya and what do you know, many of the recommendations I’d already received were listed as a potential match. Awesome.

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Then I grabbed a bunch of Papaya, threw it into a smoothie cup, looked at my Home Bar, and these are the ingredients that spoke to me. Remember, frozen drinks need more sweetness due to the large amount of ice in the mix.

Hope you enjoy and feel free to play around with whatever you’ve got in your Home Bar!

Isla Papaya

  • 2 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
  • 1 oz Espolón Reposado Tequila
  • 1 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Velvet Falernum
  • Medium handful of Papaya, around 8 chunks
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 3 pipettes Brooklyn Hemispherical Sriracha Bitters (sub any chili bitters)
  • 8 oz Crushed Ice
  • Garnish: salted Papaya chunks speared by a Tiki Umbrella

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend for around 7 seconds. You want it to be well mixed but not overly blended and frothy. Pour into Tiki mug and garnish.

*btw, this recipe is for a 14 oz Tiki Mug*

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May all your Frozen Tiki dreams come true!

Blame the Monkeys No. 3

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Well, it’s officially Frozen Drink season. It started with National Daiquiri Day on Sunday and now, I just want everything frozen. ALL OF IT! Today’s frozen Tiki drink is part of an ongoing series of Rum cocktails + monkeys. “Why are we blaming the monkeys?” you may ask. Well, they’ve taken over my Home Bar and have drunk all my Rum!

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Hello lil conniving Monkeys. Leave my Pineapple Spear Bunny Ears alone!

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The inspiration for this particular version of Blame It on the Monkeys comes courtesy of Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur. This stuff is damn tasty and perfect for all our tropical cocktails. I luv it. To this we add two kinds of rum, a bunch of other fruitiness and a blender. Blend baby, BLEND!

*btw, this recipe is for a 14 oz Tiki Mug*

Blame the Monkeys No. 3

  • 1 1/2 oz Angostura 7 Year Aged Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
  • 3/4 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup**
  • 7-8 oz Crushed ice
  • Garnish: Pineapple Spear Bunny Ears, Pineapple, Maraschino Cherries, Monkeys.

Combine ingredients in blender and blend for around 7 seconds, or until nice and frothy. Pour into Tiki Mug and garnish.

**You may think this is a lot of sweetness, when making blended cocktails, you have to bump up the sweetness to compensate for all the ice. Feel free to reduce to 1/2 oz if you like.

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Cheers to y’all in these hottest of times! May the Tiki gods favor you and protect you from these crazy monkeys!

Thanks to MBooth for the Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur!

4th of July Daiquiri Party: Blue Daiquiri No. 2

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The 4th of July Daiquiri Party is in full swing on Instagram! If you want to submit a photo and recipe, use the hashtag #4thofJulyDaiquiriParty!

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Today’s Daiquiri is a Blue take on the classic Daiquiri No. 2 from the famous La Floridita Bar in Cuba. I love this Daiquiri, it’s supremely bright and refreshing with nice Orange flavours. I’m literally just subbing the Blue Curaçao for clear Curaçao, so there isn’t much variation here. The blue colour does make me want to get on a plane and go to a tropical island though!

Blue Daiquiri No. 2

  • 2 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
  • Barspoon Senior Blue Curaçao
  • 3/4 oz fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Barspoon fresh Orange Juice
  • Garnish: Orange wedge

Combine ingredients over ice and shake like a rocket! Strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with Orange wedge.

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Cheers to all of us on this 4th of July Holiday weekend!

4th of July Daiquiri Party: Leggo My Mango

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The 4th of July Daiquiri Party is totally raging on Instagram! It’s a rager y’all! If you have a Daiquiri that you’d like to post, use the hashtag #4thOfJulyDaiquiriParty.

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Yesterday, I got a surprise package in the mail with a fabulous bottle of Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur in it! This liqueur is sweetly fragrant with notes of Mango, Citrus and even Peach. In the mouth it has a nice viscosity and is bursting with delicious Mango flavor. Supreme.

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It was such perfect timing for the Daiquiri party too! The delicious flavours of the Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur led me to think about having Salt as a garnish. Other than that, it’s in the standard Daiquiri format.

Leggo My Mango

  • 1/2 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur
  • 2 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Lime Juice
  • Garnish: Pink Salt

Combine ingredients over ice and shake with a mad fury! Rim 1/2 of the Coupe with Pink Salt. Strain drink into coupe.

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Cheers! Happy 4th America!

Thanks to M Booth for the Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur!

4th of July Daiquiri Party

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Happy 4th of July Weekend to everyone! I’ve been thinking about what I really want to drink/serve at my 4th of July party and honestly, I just want a Daiquiri! Daiquiri Prrrrrrrrrty!

If you want to join in the fun on Instagram and Twitter, use the hashtag #4thOfJulyDaiquiriParty.

That being said, “I just want a Daiquiri” means so many things to me, and there are many variations one can make by adding one or two ingredients to the Rum + Lime Juice + Sweetness formula. I mean, just by switching out the Rum itself or changing from refined sugar to turbinado sugar can have a profound effect on the flavours of the drink.

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First, let’s start with the basics. Flor de Caña 7 Year is my all time fave aged molasses Rum. It is viscous as hell, creamy, with caramel smoothness for DAYYYYYYYS. It will make the best damn Daiquiri you’ve ever had. No lie.

Flor de Caña 7 Year Aged Rum Daiquiri

  • 2 oz Flor de Caña 7 Year Rum
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz Demerara Sugar Simple Syrup (1:1)
  • Garnish: Lime Wheel

Combine ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into coupe and garnish with Lime Wheel.

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Now that we’ve got a nice basic Daiquiri down, we can get a little more creative. For this one, we’re going to use a funky Rum from Jamaica that has been aged in the UK: Smith & Cross Navy Strength Rum. Our sweetners are going to get more complex with the addition of Falernum and some of my patented (I wish! Soon!) DD Mix. The spice set will come from the funkiness of the Smith & Cross, DD Mix, and one dropper of Bittermen’s Elemakule Tiki Bitters. Highly recommend these bitter’s y’all!

DP Daiquiri

  • 1 1/2 oz Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum
  • 1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
  • 1/4 oz DD Mix
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 dropper Bittermen’s Elemakule Tiki Bitters
  • Garnish: hollowed out Lime half*

In tin combine ingredients over ice and short shake. Pour entire contents of shaker into mason jar. Garnish with one of the Lime halves you used when you juiced the Lime.

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For this next one we’re going to go to the books and use a totally fabulous recipe from the 1970’s, Don’s Special Daiquiri. This variation was created to commemorate Don the Beachcomber and use his 1934 Daiquiri recipe while adding a couple of modifiers. I altered the recipe a tad because I felt it needed to be a bit more tart.

Don’s Special Daiquiri

  • 1 oz Jamaican Rum (Smith & Cross)
  • 3/4 oz Aged White Rum (Denizen Aged Rum)
  • 3/4 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Honey Syrup
  • Garnish: Maraschino Cherry

Combine ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with Maraschino Cherry.

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Lastly, we’re going to use three different Spirits in a Daiquiri that I named after my family. It uses two kinds of Rum and one of my all time favourite infusions, Pineapple Plymouth Gin.

DeLuna Daiquiri

  • 1 1/2 oz Denizen White Rum
  • 1/2 oz Flor de Caña 7 Rum
  • 1/4 oz Pineapple infused Plymouth Gin
  • 1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
  • 1/4 oz Cinnamon Bark Syrup
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • Garnish: Pineapple Chunks

Combine ingredients in over ice and shake. Strain into coupe. Garnish with Pineapple.

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Well, that’s it for this roundup. If you’re looking for more recipes, you could always try Or-zah Gabor or a classic Hemingway Daiquiri. Happy Independence Day USA!

DD’s Shrunken Skull

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As y’all probably know, I occasionally participate in Tiki Challenges on Instagram which are either put on by El_Nova_1 or another SoCal Tiki fanatic. Maybe it’s cause I love Tiki so much or maybe cause it makes me feel connected to California, either way, I love these recipes!

This week’s challenge is for a Shrunken Skull, a simple and brilliant Tiki cockail.

Shrunken Skull (Recipe from the 1950s)

  • 1 oz Puerto Rican Rum
  • 1 oz Demerara Rum
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Grenadine

Combine ingredients and shake over ice. Dirty pour into Skull mug. Garnishes are up to you. Flames are encouraged.

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Well, as we all know, I only have so much space in my tiny apartment and therefore only keep so many rums. I had to make some substitutions but happily with substitutions come creativity, and so my Shrunken Skull is a little outside of the box. Still damn tasty though.

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I decided to add the DD Mix because I wanted a little more depth and spice in my Shrunken Skull. I also don’t have any 151 Rum to flame with but I do have some fabulously fragrant Lemongrass & Ginger infused 151 Vodka. It works perfectly and makes the greatest smelling flame ever!

DD’s Shrunken Skull

  • 1 oz Angostura Rum 7 Year
  • 1 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz Grenadine Syrup
  • 1/4 oz DD Mix
  • Garnish: hallowed out Lime Half with flaming Lemongrass & Ginger infused 151 Vodka.

Combine ingredients with loads of ice and shake. Dirty pour into double Rocks glass. Pour Lemongrass & Ginger infused 151 Vodka into Lime half and set on top of ice in glass. Strike a match and light that shit up.

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Tiki Cheers to all y’all. If you wanna participate in the challenge on Instagram, the hashtag is #ShrunkenSkullChallenge2015.

Rooftop Party with VitaFrute Coconut Colada!

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Here in Brooklyn, we don’t have houses with pools, sprawling country clubs with luxurious grounds, or even our own backyards. So where do we party in the summertime? We Rooftop Party! And you’d better believe we love nothing more than chillin’ on the roof with a cold cocktail.

I’d like to propose then that VitaFrute Coconut Colada is the perfect addition to all our Rooftop Parties. Y’all, this drink is summertime in a glass! Made with Organic VEEV Açai Spirit and natural fruit juices, these low calorie, low ABV, Ready-to-Drink Cocktails are super easy to make and totally refreshing.

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Let’s start with VitaFrute Coconut Colada on ice.

What you need:

  • 1 bottle of chilled VitaFrute Coconut Colada
  • 1 Mason Jar
  • enough ice to fill your Mason Jar
  • Lime Wedge

Add ingredients to Mason Jar and stir for around 5 seconds. Garnish with Lime wedge. Feel the fabulousness, marvel at how easy it was to make! Yes!

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Prrrrrty in a glass. 

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Next, let’s use this tasty VitaFrute Coconut Colada in a Daiquiri, cause this wouldn’t be a Home Bar Girl post if I didn’t try to put Coconut Colada in a Daiquiri. 🙂

VitaFrute Coconut Colada Daiquiri

  • 2 oz chilled VitaFrute Coconut Colada
  • 1 oz Aged Rum
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Garnish: Lime Wedge

Combine ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into chilled coupe and garnish with Lime wedge.

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Lastly, I’ve used the VitaFrute Coconut Colada with more rum and spices cause the Pineapple and Coconut flavours are just begging to be used in punch. This recipe serves two.

VitaFrute Coconut Colada Spiced Punch

  • 3 oz chilled VitaFrute Coconut Colada
  • 1 1/2 oz Denizen Aged White Rum or other Aged White Rum
  • 1/4 oz St Elizabeth Allspice Dram or 2 dashes of Pimento Bitters
  • 3/4 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Ginger Syrup
  • Garnish: Lime Wedges

Combine ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into punch cups and garnish with Lime wedges.

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Yummm, I wanna drink this punch like, right now. Hopefully you do too! Let’s get those summertime parties started!

Thanks to Veev for the tasty VitaFrute Coconut Colada and the Veev Mason Jars.