When one imagines a summertime cocktail, often an image of a colorful, juicy, tropical looking drink with an extravagant garnish of fresh fruit and cocktail umbrellas is conjured, and for many of us, rum would typically play a major role in these types of drinks.
This spirit’s connection to summer-themed drinks is undeniable, thanks to its prominent place in tiki bar culture. The Crafty’s bar team were therefore inspired to celebrate this classic relationship with our August box offering, “Time Flies When You’re Having Rum”.
There is more to making a good rum cocktail than simply using multiple fruit juices and having a pretty garnish however, and to truly highlight this spirit’s potential, many different avenues and flavor combinations were explored.
While classic tiki style ingredients such as Coco Lopez Coconut cream are featured in this month’s box, interesting herbal elements like tarragon and saffron play a prominent role, and unique flavor combinations such as nitro cold-brew coffee and apricot will challenge and delight your palette in unexpected ways.
Step away from the same old hot weather flavors and get mixing with our rum and summer inspired box, “Time Flies When You’re Having Rum”.
Ghost of Paradise Daiquiri
Hemingway created many definitive works in his lifetime, and the cocktail that bears his namesake is no different. While the ‘Papa Doble’ has been a mainstay on classic cocktail menus for decades, let us not forget, classics can be re-written! Livening up the traditional Hemmingway daiquiri by playing the contrasting flavors of bitter grapefruit and sweet mango against herbal notes of tarragon and saffron, this incarnation of the El Floridita classic adds a modern touch to an already excellent libation. Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares. If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” –Ernest Hemingway
Crafty’s Pina Colada
We’ve all enjoyed a cocktail blended with ice, quiet possibly poolside or in a lounge chair on a sandy beach. While these can be enjoyable, the true forms of many of these drinks lie in Tiki bar lore, using fresh ingredients and true bartending techniques far beyond putting alcohol and an artificially flavored syrup into a blender with ice. The Pina Colada is a typical example of this, and so, the Crafty’s version sticks close to the original Tiki-style recipe. A zesty bite of lime enhances the tropical flavors of Coconut and Pineapple, all held together by the pleasant smoothness of a good Cuban rum. This drink will definitely make you think twice when you order your next blended cocktail.
While he is well known for his role in the Cuban revolution, Ché Guevara fought for the rights of all the peoples of Central and South America, and this cocktail draws on much inspiration from this lively and diverse part of the world. Rum, a staple spirit of the of Caribbean, pairs very well with classic South American ingredients such as coffee and chocolate, while apricot supplies a burst of tropical fruit, adding a sweet zing which balances the bitter elements of coffee. Revolutionize your cocktail making abilities while celebrating the flavors of this diverse continent which inspired the passions of this guerilla leader.