Saturday, October 1, 2011

Siesta Key Spice Rum Lab Approved

     Siesta Key Spice Rum is one of the newly arrived group of spice rums to appear this summer.     This is a very flavorful spice enhanced quality rum, this is where it became tough to create new cocktails around this rum.   The flavors of the rum are strong and do not play well with many of the usual suspects in mixed cocktails.     The good news is when you find the right ingredients the rum really shines and the cocktails are real winners.    The rum likes to be mixed with several regular rums, amaretto, ginger beer, cream of coconut, lime juice, sour mix, and pineapple juice.

   Two of my favorites caught me a little off guard , they were exceptional in the complexity and the long lasting flavors.

Siesta Key Alexander
  • 1 oz. Siesta Key Spiced Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. Coffee Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Amaretto
  • 1 oz. Cream of Coconut
  • 1 oz. Half and Half
Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake til chilled, strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.  Top with fresh ground nutmeg, and an orange wheel.

Siesta Key Nutty Sour
  • 1 1/2 oz. Siesta Key Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz. Amaretto
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet and Sour.
Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake til chilled.   Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

     These are a couple of the 5 or 6 really exciting cocktails that we were able to produce with the help of our lab mice yesterday.   This is a great rum, but we found that to create a really good cocktail with spiced rum takes some work, spices don't all play well with other things or spices.   Enjoy the cocktails and the very fine new Siesta Key Spiced Rum.   ;o)