Did you know today is National Rum Day? For those of you who are already aware, I hope you’re shaking up a delicious cocktail to celebrate. For those of you who are just finding out about this liquor holiday…surprise! It’s time to think about which rum drink you want to add to your glass for happy hour.
I’ll take any excuse to celebrate a holiday like National Rum Day…it’s too good to pass up! Rum always reminds me of the summertime, since it pairs so nicely with citrus fruits. Coincidentally, citrus was a big inspiration behind this cocktail.
I wanted to pair flavors that would complement the Anejo rum from Diplomatico. Have you heard of Anejo rum before? Diplomatico’s is aged for 4 years is whiskey and bourbon barrels. The flavors of this award winning rum alone are wonderful: you get notes of brown sugar and spice. It’s not heavy or overpowering to the palate whatsoever! I give it two big thumbs up. Plus, a 750ml bottle will run you about $16.99, so it is a pretty comparable option in price to the other Anejo rums on the market.
As much as I would have loved mixing the Diplomatico Anejo rum with citrus juices alone, I thought it would be fun for a splash of eye catching color. Adding muddled raspberries into the cocktail seemed like the right thing to do. They add a different level of sweetness to the drink, and balance out the citrus notes. Plus: how pretty is the color? The pinkish-red hue makes the drink almost too pretty to imbibe. Almost.
So, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and start celebrating National Rum Day, will you?
What’s your favorite rum drink to enjoy?
Raspberry Orange Rum Cocktail
***makes 2 cocktails***
8-10 fresh raspberries
3 oz Anejo rum (I used Diplomatico Anejo)
1/2 oz orange liqueur (I used Empire Orangela)
Juice from 1/2 a lime
1 tsp honey
3 oz orange juice
Orange peel, to garnish
1. Muddle raspberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until they are pureed/liquified.
2. Add rum, orange liqueur, lime juice, honey, and orange juice to the cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes to the shaker, close/seal, and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
3. Strain into martini glasses and garnish with an orange peel twist. Enjoy!