The snow has gone (thank goodness) but there’s still a naughty nip in the air, which is probably why we’ve developed quite a thirst for rum-based drinks…
Our favourite homemade drinks for January are Mr G’s Special Daiquiri (2oz light rum, 1oz fresh lime juice, half oz simple syrup and here’s the good bit, 1oz Sailor Jerry’s Spiced rum). The last ingredient gives the drink a lovely spiced-up kick, all nice and creamy and warming. You could even add a light dusting of fresh nutmeg on the top – we haven’t tried this little addition yet but our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
The pale, frothy, frisky characteristics of the Havana Cocktail perked us up immediately (2oz light rum, 2oz pineapple juice, half oz fresh lemon juice, shaken with ice). It’s a playful to look at as it is to taste but be warned: its potency really does sneak up on you.
And here’s one for those winter days when all you want to do is curl up on the sofa. Courtesy of Ian Burrell, rum-dude extraordinaire:
Rum & Chocolate Cocktail (35ml Authentic Caribbean rum; 25ml chocolate liqueur, 10ml raspberry puree; 10ml lychee juice, 10ml double cream, cocoa powder, three raspberries)
Shake the rum, chocolate liqueur, raspberry puree and lychee juice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and very gently pour the cream on top of the mixture. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder and three raspberries pierced on a cocktail stick.