As you well know, I have been tasked with creating and sharing some rum cocktails using a wonderful bottle of Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum. I’ll be honest, this was a little bit more difficult than I first envisioned.
I have long enjoyed spiced rum over ice, maybe with a slice of lime (if I’ve remembered to pick some up on my travels) and that will do for me. I am a man of simple tastes.
But I was asked very nicely to do this and, come Hell or high water, I am going to do a damn fine job of it.
I will never tire of talking about pirates so… here we go.
I really wanted to dress up like a pirate, grab a dingy and set it off on the 7 seas as the sun sets over the horizon. However, this is apparently “inappropriate”, “irresponsible” and “utterly ridiculous, Luke. Stop saying these dumbass things.”
Instead, I had to settle for researching on pirates and what was available at the time for them to drink and making my way from there.
Which leads me nicely into the first cocktail
You have to have heard the word “grog” at some point in your life. Every pirate worth their salt (if you’re not a fan of pirate themed puns and colloquialisms then you are in for a bumpy ride) has heard of it.
The only problem is that no one seems to know what it is.
The only thing I could really gather is that it was how pirates made a bottle of rum last an entire journey and it tasted awful.
It involved lime juice, sugar and water and it tastes like what I would drink at Uni the week before the loans came in.
I sought to make this into something that you would be happy to order at a bar, Tiki or otherwise.
Using my impeccable palate and vast knowledge of drinks, I made a wild guess and made what has now become one of my favourite drinks. Because fate loves a chancer.
This is basically rum and a pineapple reduction. Make your pineapple reduction before the party or session and make sure it’s cooled.
1 Cup Pineapple Juice
1/4 Cup Dark Brown Muscovado Sugar
Juice and Zest of 1 Whole Lime
2 Star Anise
Pinch of Salt
Put everything in a saucepan and bring it to the boil. Then, reduce the heat down to a simmer and keep stirring (otherwise it will burn) until it gets a thick syrupy texture. Then let it cool.
For the Grog cocktail
Double Shot Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum
Splash of Pineapple Reduction
Old Fashioned Glass
Fill your cocktail shaker with normal ice, the rum and the reduction.
Give it a really good shake.
In your glass, fill it with crushed ice, squeeze over your lime and push in your quill. Yes, you’re going to be using it as a straw. (You’ll notice from my picture, I did not do this. What happened was that, in my haste, I drank it all before I got to take a picture. So I had to quickly make another so this blog post is all pretty).
Rub the lime around the rim of the glass and pour over your cocktail. Sip it slowly and plan your mutiny.
Spicy Mango Pina Colada
I know you know what a Pina Colada is, you probably even like getting caught in the rain. Don’t you?!
Usually, Pina Colada is made with white rum and coconut rum. I did not have either of these but I really wanted one. So I thought out of the box.
I wanted something which would compliment the spices in the rum as well as make me feel like I was about to overthrow my captain… which was actually me in this instance. I knew it! Mango was the only way forward.
Half a Mango
Red Chilli Flakes
1 Tsp Brown Sugar
Splash of Pinapple Juice
3 Shots of Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum (we’re going big)
Heat up your coconut oil in a sauce pan.
Cube your mango and throw it in with the chilli and pepper.
When it sounds like it’s cooking, throw in your sugar and give it a stir until the sugar caramelises.
After this has cooled down, strain the solids and throw it in a blender with your coconut milk and some lime zest. Blitz that bad boy until it’s liquid.
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, throw in your rum, coconut milk/mango and a splash of pineapple with some lime juice.
Shake it good and properly, serve over ice cubes and enjoy while scouring the internet for “parrot rentals”.
Apple and Ginger Mojito
Did you think I was going to go through this blog post without mentioning one of the most ubiquitous rum cocktails? Come on, son! What did you think this was? Amateur hour?
You can’t use a rum like Captain Morgan’s in a plain mojito. There’s nothing wrong with a normal, everyday mojito, I just think that, with the blend of spices in this rum, it would just feel like watering it down.
What you need is something that will bring out the flavours and work in harmony with them. Like all hands on deck piloting the ship.
This mojito is refreshing with just a little bit of bite. It’s also the point I lost track that I was meant to be making loads of cocktails and just stuck with one for the rest of the night. It’s just so delicious.
2 Shots Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
1 Part Apple Schnapps (the strong stuff, don’t be pulling that weak-ass Sourz nonsense here)
Half a Thumb Sized Piece of Fresh Ginger (peeled, crushed and diced)
4 Wedges of Fresh Lime
Handful of Fresh Mint
1 or 2 Sprigs Fresh Coriander
1/2 Tsp Brown Sugar
Ginger Ale, or Beer (depends on your love of ginger)
You need a tall glass for this one.
In the bottom of the glass, muddle your lime, ginger, mint, coriander and sugar. This should take a good couple of minutes. You’re not just getting the juice out of the lime, you’re also getting the oils out of everything and making sure that everything is mixed.
Add in your rum and about 1 tablespoon of crushed ice. Stir it all around.
Add in crushed ice until your glass is half full.
Pour over the apple schnapps and stir it all together.
Top up the crushed ice and pour over your ginger mixer.
Drink through a straw because this is really, really refreshing and you will just down it otherwise.
Make another as you keep going through Google Maps searching for just “X” in the hopes that one of them leads to treasure.
*Disclaimer* Once again, I wasn’t paid for this. I was given a bottle of rum and told to go about my merry way.
I massively appreciate being given the opportunity to do this and I do actually really like this rum. I even drink it when I have to pay for it myself.