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Exiled Menu: Havana Club Rum La Yuma Cocktail

Everyone loves and wants in on exclusive experiences; an inside view of elusive things not available to everyone. If we’re being honest with ourselves, we relish in having access to secret things; the off-menu items, hidden locations, and secret cocktails. We were lucky enough to enjoy one of these experiences, which we’re about to reveal, thanks to Havana Club Rum. Havana Club partnered with a local New York cocktail bar to offer a secret, exiled menu. This menu unveiled a brand-new cocktail, only accessible with a code phrase. This exclusive cocktail, the Havana Club Rum La Yuma cocktail, was only available for a limited time with the location and code revealed under the label.

Although aged in exile in Puerto Rican, it is a Cuban-born rum, holding true to its rich Cuban culture. As we enter the warmer seasons, we can’t help but think of getaways to tropical paradises, sunshine, summer cocktails, and carefree days. Although we enjoyed this Havana Club Rum La Yuma cocktail during a cold month, its refreshing taste and cooling ingredients are perfect for the summer. Lucky for you, the real Havana Club is available (not to be confused with the other) is available in bars and retailers nationwide and on www.drizly.com. Want to create this delicious rum cocktail for yourself at home, we reveal the recipe below.

Havana Club Rum La Yuma

2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part Lime
1 part Cucumber Honeydew Cordial
Prosecco

The smooth and velvety finish of the rum gets a fresh taste and a dash of sour thanks to the cucumber honeydew cordial and lime. The Prosecco has a touch of effervescence to make this a truly refreshing cocktail. Trust us when we say, you’ll definitely enjoy sipping on this perfect summer rum cocktail. As one of the best-selling rum brands in the world, Havana Club rum is a must-have at your home bar.

Cocktail Alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day Whiskey and Beer Drinks

While this weekend’s St. Paddy’s Day festivities may be all about whiskey and beer, we know that not everyone enjoys drinking those. Because of this, we decided to share some cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. So if your spirit of choice is rum, tequila, vodka, or even something bubbly, we’ve got a cocktail for you.

Let’s get you acquainted with these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks. We recommend bookmarking this cocktail feature, so when you’re at your favorite watering hole, you can alert your bartender.

BACARDÍ Refresco Superior

2 parts BACARDÍ Superior
.75 parts ginger syrup
1 part lime juice
.25 parts St-Germain
4 cilantro leaves
Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice, double strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh cilantro.

Camarena Spicy Jalapeno Margarita


2 parts Camarena Silver Tequila
¾  part Simple Syrup / Agave Nectar
¾  part Lime Juice
½  part Triple Sec
Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh sliced jalapenos.

Corazon De Melon

3 parts fresh cantaloupe juice
2 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
1 part simple syrup
1 part maraschino cherry juice
½ part fresh lime juice
Optional – Dash of Orange Bitters
For cantaloupe juice: Blend 2 cups cubed cantaloupe melon in a blender until pureed and smooth. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer.
Combine the rum, cantaloupe juice, syrup, cherry juice and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then pour into a frosted glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a melon ball.

The NEO Fleur

1½ parts Facundo Neo Rum
¾ parts Hibiscus Syrup
½ parts Cucumber juice
¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice
½ parts Martini Bianco
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Serve in a chilled Champagne glass, and garnish with an elegant cucumber twist.

Gingered Apple Sparkler

1.5 oz. handcrafted Vodka
1.5 oz. sour apple liqueur
Splash of Angostura Bitters
4 oz. chilled
1 maraschino cherry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, liqueur, and bitters; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with Brooklyn Crafted and the cherry.

Sparkling Mint Mojito

5 oz Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
1 ½ oz White Rum
6 Mint leaves lightly muddled
Splash of lime
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled tall glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Ginger Sage Cocktail

SERVINGS: 8-10

1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Simple Syrup
1 cup honey
3 cups of water
2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 large piece of ginger, peeled and diced
20 fresh sage leaves (plus more for garnish)
In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced by 1/3 (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large canning jar or thick glass bowl. Discard the ginger and sage leaves.

Place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each stemless wine glass followed by 2 tbsp of the simple syrup. Add Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG and serve.

Any thoughts on these cocktail alternatives to St. Paddy’s Day whiskey and beer drinks?

Michael B. Jordan Inspires Bacardi’s The King Cuatro Cocktail

He may not play the King in Black Panther but Michael B. Jordan certainly inspires the title. In honor of this year’s Academy Awards and Black Panther’s seven Oscar nominations, we present The King Cuatro cocktail from made with Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum. The rum cocktail was inspired by the Hollywood heartthrob who has captured our hearts (and our daydreams).

Michael B. Jordan at the BACARDI Mixology Lab on February 13, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for BACARDI rum)

The King Cuatro made its debut the Lower East Side’s newest rum bar, Las’ Lap. Just in time to celebrate with Black Panther, the first ever Superhero movie to get a Best Picture Oscar nod. Many may not know this but Michael is a huge rum fan. Like many, he grew up with his grandmother’s famous rum cakes made exclusively with Bacardi rum.  It’s only fitting that his signature cocktail contains Bacardi Añejo Cuatro. This premium rum is aged four years under the Caribbean sun with delicious notes of honey, vanilla and oak spices.

The King Cuatro will be available exclusively on the Las’ Lap cocktail menu until March 14th. You can either visit Las’ Lap, to enjoy this delicious concoction or check out the recipe below to recreate it at home. Get better acquainted with The King Cuatro cocktail below.

THE KING CUATRO

1.5 parts Bacardi Añejo Cuatro
0.75 part Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
0.25 part Honey
2 Blackberries
Martini & Rossi Prosecco
Muddle blackberries in a tin, and pour all cocktail ingredients in. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Top with Martini & Rossi Prosecco and garnish with a Blackberry-speared purple orchid.

Will you be watching the Academy Awards this Sunday? Are you ready to experience the regal The King Cuatro cocktail? Here’s to Black Panther winning most, if not all of their nominated categories.

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum Shot

Take the Shot: Captain Morgan Apple Smash for National Rum Day

They say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We wonder what a shot of apple rum will do! Just in time for National Rum Day, everyone’s favorite rum captain has launched a new shot flavor. Say hello to the Captain Morgan Apple Smash, a blend of Captain Morgan’s Caribbean rum with a burst of green apple flavor that is sure to be a favorite amongst any crew. Basically, it’s like a jolly rancher for adults….that you drink.

Now that we have your full attention, let’s get to know this captivating new rum. Not only does Apple Smash taste like an apple, it smells like one too! Like it’s predecessors, two of which we’ve previously highlighted, LocoNut and Watermelon Smash, the Captain Morgan Apple Smash packaging resembles the fruit the rum is mixed with. In this case, an apple and the bottle also emanates the aroma of tart green apple when you scratch it. The result is an experience that entrances your sense of smell and taste. You will absolutely want to shoot your shot with this delicious libation.

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum Shot

The ready-to-serve apple rum shot tastes delicious as a chilled shot, a mixed shot, or simply mixed with club soda for a fresh tasting cocktail. If the thought of a boozy jolly rancher sounds good to you (of course it does), then we highly recommend adding Captain Morgan Apple Smash to your home bar. Not just for today, National Rum Day, but for any day that requires adulting.

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Rum Shot

Speaking of cocktails, we especially love the Apple Smash with a splash of club soda or ginger ale. Both cocktails are easy to make and highlight the essence of this apple flavored rum shot. Try out these recipes below:

Captain Morgan Apple Smash & Soda

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Apple Smash
4 oz. Club Soda
Muddle mint leaves in a highball glass. Add ice and stir.
Captain Morgan Apple Smash & Ginger

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Apple Smash
4 oz. ginger ale
Add ice and stir. Garnish with lime

Captain Morgan Apple Smash is 60 proof with an ABV of 30% and gluten-free. The 750ml bottle is available now and retails for $15.99.

Are you ready to live #LikeACaptain?

Captain Morgan Introduces Watermelon Smash Rum Shot

Although spring is mere weeks away, Captain Morgan already has us thinking of summer. The famed rum company is introducing the newest addition to its shot family with Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash Rum Shot. What better two things that celebrate the summer season better than rum and ripe, juicy watermelons? Thankfully we don’t have to wait until the summer months to enjoy the sweet and refreshing rum drink. What makes Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash so incredible? Not only does this limited edition rum it taste like a watermelon, it looks (and smells!) just like one too.

Similar to the LocoNut Coconut Shot, which they launched last year, the Watermelon Smash Rum Shot’s packaging resembles a watermelon and produces the sweet aroma of ripe watermelon when you scratch the bottle.

The explosively delicious, watermelon-flavored rum shot is arriving just in time for backyard cookouts and pool parties. The Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash blends Caribbean rum with ripe, juicy watermelon flavor that’s synonymous with summertime. It’s best enjoyed as a chilled shot, but you can also indulge in the flavorful Watermelon Smash in a variety of delicious cocktail recipes. We’ve included a few choice recipes you can enjoy below:

Watermelon Mojito


1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash
0.5 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
0.75 oz. lime juice
0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Club soda
Mint leaves
Muddle mint leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice, top with club soda and garnish with watermelon and mint leaves.

Watermelon Spritzer


1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash
0.75 oz. club soda
0.75 oz. lemon-lime soda
Pour ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon.

Chilled Watermelon Smash Shot

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash
Pour 1.5 oz. of Watermelon Smash into a shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass and serve.

So pay attention all you watermelon fans out there, if you’re pinning for the sweet taste of summer, grab a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Watermelon Smash (50 proof, 25% ABV). It is available now at a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

National Rum Day: Captain Morgan’s Favorite Holiday

If it’s Christmas, you write a letter to Santa Claus, when it’s National Rum Day, you hit up Captain Morgan. We sure did and he responded with some magnificent ways to celebrate National Rum Day as only the Captain can. Not only do we have two delicious rum cocktails made from the iconic Original Spiced Rum, we’re excited to introduce you to the new coconut shot offering, LocoNut. Of course these two simple, yet delicious cocktails are not quite enough, we’ve included two specialty treats, the recipes for rum gelatins shots and freeze pops. These two unconventional “cocktails” are made with the Original Spiced Rum, and LocoNut respectively. What better way to close out the summer than to celebrate the distilled alcoholic beverage that represents summer, tropical escapes, and fun.

Morgan Mule

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
4 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
Mint Sprig
Lime
Muddle mint and lime in the bottom of a tall glass. Add ice, Original Spiced Rum, and ginger ale. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel. Stir and serve.

Morgan Mule Gelatin Shots

6 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
8.5 oz. ginger ale
1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 envelopes of lime gelatin (approx. 5.5 teaspoons)

Loco & Coco

3 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
4 oz. Coconut Water
Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.

The Miami Vice

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
1.5 oz. Coconut Water
0.75 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
1.5 oz. Strawberry Daiquiri Mix
0.75 oz. Water
Combine Captain Morgan LocoNut and coconut water. Stir to combine. Separately, combine Captain Morgan White Rum, strawberry daiquiri mix, and water. Stir to combine. Fill a plastic freezie sleeve halfway up with strawberry daiquiri mixture. Top with LocoNut mixture and freeze overnight before serving.

Does the Captain have your attention? Will you join him in celebrating the month of rum? Which of these delicious recipes are you dying to try first? However you celebrate the remaining days of summer, make sure you invite the Captain. If you’re looking for more rum recipe ideas, the captain is sure to share his secrets.

Happy National Rum Day with Cruzan Rum, Mount Gay Rum, & Bacardi

If ever there was a day to take it easy, it is today, National Rum Day. No other spirit truly captures the idea of relaxing island vibe and life like rum. No matter what craziness you have going on today, take a moment to enjoy a cocktail or to and “take it easy, mon”. In honor of this great day (well, technically it’s National Rum Month), we present some very delicious cocktails you won’t want to miss. We’re bringing you great rum cocktail recipes from Cruzan Rum, known for their decadent varieties of flavored rums, Mount Gay Rum, which is the oldest rum distillery in the world at300+ years old, and Bacardi Rum, who’s taking rum from the beach to more classic and sophisticated cocktails. Ready to dive into some delicious and refreshing National Rum Day cocktails?

Cruzan Black Diamond Swizzle (Recipe by Jane Danger, NYC)

Black Diamond Swizzle (Jane) (1)

1 1/2 parts Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 /2 part Bitter Red Liqueur
3/4 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
2 Fresh Strawberries
Muddle two strawberries in the bottom of a Belgian beer glass with the red bitter liqueur and fill with cracked or crushed ice. Then, in a cocktail shaker combine fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Whip and shake with no ice. Pour lime juice and cane mixture over ice, and fill again as needed. Gently float Cruzan Black Strap Rum on top. Garnish with berries and lime.

Cruzan Tropical Storm (Recipe by Teddy Collins, Miami)

Tropical Storm (Teddy)
2 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Fresh Mango Juice
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
In a cocktail shaker, combine Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, fresh lemon juice, and fresh mango juice. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for 8 seconds. Immediately strain into an ice filled tiki mug. Top with 2 dashes of bitters and sprinkle a pinch of crushed black peppercorn, to taste. Garnish with a fresh mint spring and tiki umbrella skewered with a maraschino cherry and fresh mango slice. Finish with a straw and enjoy!

Mount Gay Rum’s Barbadian Rum Punch

Rum Punch

1 Part Sour (lime juice)
2 Parts Sweet (simple syrup)
3 Parts Strong (rum, preferably Mount Gay Black Barrel)
4 Parts Week (water or unsweetened iced tea)

RUM Mule

Bacardi RUM Mule
1 part HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico
2 parts chilled ginger beer
2 lime wedges
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Fill highball glass with ice and squeeze in lime wedges. Pour in HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico rum and ginger beer. Complete by adding a dash of bitters and stir gently.

BACARDÍ 8 Old Fashioned

BACARDÍ 8 Old Fashioned
2 parts BACARDÍ® 8 Años rum
1 teaspoon sugar
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
0.5 part water
Orange peel for garnish
In an Old-Fashioned glass, pour in the sugar, water, and Angostura Bitters. Combine everything with a bar spoon (or muddler), add the BACARDÍ 8 Años. Fill the glass 3/4 of the way with large ice cubes and stir repeatedly, around 10 stirs. Top with a little fresh ice. Cut a piece of orange peel and squeeze over the cocktail before dropping it into the drink.

GRAN RESERVA Maestro Collins

Bacardi GRAN RESERVA Maestro Collins
2 parts BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp fine white sugar (caster sugar)
To fill: Soda or sparkling water
Pour the BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron, lemon juice, and caster sugar into a cocktail shaker with cubes of ice and then give it a good, hard shake. Fine strain the mixture into a serving glass and top it up with soda. Finish by garnishing it with a lemon peel.

East India Negroni

Bacardi EAST INDIA NEGRONI
2 parts Banks 5-Island rum
1 part Campari
1 part Lustau East India sherry
Orange peel for garnish
Add all the ingredients but the garnish to a mixing glass, then add ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with the orange peel.

Will you be enjoying one of these cocktails on National Rum Day? We certainly will be. Enjoy the rum cocktails today and all month month long. Cheers to you all and Happy National Rum Day.