Happy National Rum Day everyone! Rum is my favorite spirit category because it is incredibly diverse, both in terms of geography and style. It can be made with relative ease all over the world, which is why Rum styles vary from country to country. It can be unaged and mixable, to oak-matured and suitable for sipping or for high-end cocktails. Rum is made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses, or from fresh pressed sugarcane juice, then it is fermented and distilled. In celebration of this holiday I have developed a drink with two of my favorite Rums to mix with, Plantation White Rum and Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican Rum.
Plantation "3 Stars" Silver Rum is a blend of unaged rum from Barbados and Jamaica, with a three year old rum from Trinidad and a twelve year old rum from Jamaica. The blend is then carbon filtered to maintain its clarity and remove the heavier tannins, while preserving the elegant aromatics and complex flavors developed and refined by aging. The nose has a delicate floral aroma which leads to bright notes of tropical fruit, citrus peel, brown sugar and banana. Flavors of ripe fruit, spice, pepper and fresh herbs appear on the palate and merge with notes of ginger and vanilla on the finish.
Appleton Estate Reserve is the brainchild of Master Blender Joy Spence. The Reserve is a blend of 20 different rums of varying ages, with the youngest rums being 8 years old. Joy crafted the rum to be the ideal transitional rum for the drinker to go from mixing rums to sipping rums. I have been lucky enough to meet and blend Rum with Joy when I took a trip to the distillery back in 2011 after winning the Appleton Estate Rum Remixology Competition.
These two Rums both compliment eachother greatly and work well together in a daiquiri variation. I paired them with lime, passionfruit, honey syrup and Bittermens 'Elemakule Tiki Bitters (adding flavors of cinnamon and allspice for a hint of tiki). I also made this one frozen with my Blendtec because it's HOT here in NYC! I find adding a bit more sugar in frozen cocktails really help to balance flavor because of the high dilution rate. After working in a tiki bar blenders become your friend, you just have to understand what water does to drinks and how to properly adjust your proportions.
People also ask me all the time what blender I prefer and after doing side by side testing I can say with 100% certainty that Blendtec is the best blender on the market. It really can do anything (soups, ice cream, smoothies, juice) but the consistency of drinks is what really won me over. Blendtec blades spin at 300 mph virtually pulvarizing anything. No chunks of ice floating in my drinks! Of course when I bought mine it only came in black and red, now they have a baby blue one. Poll: Should I buy a new one?
Frozen Passionfruit Daiquiri
1 oz. Plantation White Rum
1 oz. Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum
3/4 oz. Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Honey Syrup
1/2 oz. Passionfruit Syrup (equal parts passionfruit puree & cane sugar)
2-3 dashes Bittermens 'Elemakule Tiki Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a blender pitcher, add ice, and blend on smoothie setting. Serve in preferred glass, I used coupes, but a hurricane, highball, or tiki mug work as well. Garnish with a lime wheel and orchid flower.