Cocktail Corner

By on August 4, 2017

by Lucky G.

 

Hello and welcome back to another Cocktail Corner. Before I get started, I have to thank some of the people who helped us celebrate our second anniversary: George, Heather, Ryan, Lucy, J.R., Colleen, Grady, Jim, and, of course, Brooke and Amy – who looked absolutely stunning in their respective red, white, and blue bikinis – as well as everyone who stopped by to have a drink and a splash with us. And that includes all of you who enjoyed all the different versions of the Long Island Iced Tea – which we all enjoyed at the party as well. In the immortal words of Don Cornelius, “It was a stone-cold gas!”

I also have to give kudos to Brooke and Amy, who came up with their own versions of the Long Island Iced Tea. Brooke calls her version the Pool Water Iced Tea, and it’s made up of equal parts vodka, gin, coconut rum, tequila, blue curacao, sour mix, and topped with pineapple juice; Amy calls her version the Long Sex-On-the-Beach Iced Tea, and it’s made up of equal parts vodka, gin, rum, tequila, sour mix, with equal splashes of cranberry and orange juices, and topped with a float of peach schnapps. Yowzah – how I love these girls! They made our pool party a lot more fun with their drinks. And speaking of pool parties, it’s time for some refreshing pool-side drinks.

Since it’s summer and we’re talking about having fun times at the pool, I thought that staying with refreshing drinks was a good idea. And for some reason, rum immediately popped into my head; after all, rum does make some deliciously refreshing drinks … So like a pirate captain searching the high seas for booty – as in treasure – my crew and I pillaged merchant ships and ransacked coastal towns looking for rum cocktails for you to enjoy … Actually, the guys and I were talking about booty – as in hotties – while floating in the pool and drinking rum. But hey, it’s the thought that counts – right? So let’s start off with a bit of history.

Although rum can be made anywhere that sugarcane grows, most of the world’s rum comes from the Caribbean, with the very first island to produce rum being Barbados, in 1641. Before, during, and after the Age of Pirates (mid 1600’s to early 1700’s), rum was such a valuable commodity that in many instances, it was actually used as currency between countries. During this same time, this spirit was given to British sailors as a daily ration, which worked out to be one half pint of 160 proof rum per day! It was later diluted with water and lime in such a way that the sailors took to calling it “grog.” And getting back to pirates, we’ve all heard the phrase, “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum …” Well, that’s a line from a ditty (song) in the Robert Louis Stevenson book, Treasure Island, and it’s very likely based on a true story.

“Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest, yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum – Drink and the devil had done the rest, yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.” Stevenson based his book on all the stories he heard about pirates, and there’s actually a Dead Chest Island in the British Virgin Islands. According to legend, Edward teach – otherwise known as Blackbeard – once marooned a mutinous crew on this barren island, leaving them all with nothing more than a cutlass (sword) and a bottle of rum each. Teach thought they would all eventually kill each other, but when he returned after 30 days, he was surprised to find that 15 of them were still alive … Yo-ho-ho, mateys. Okay, time for drinks.

In the spirit of summer and enjoying tall, refreshing drinks by the pool, all the following cocktails are made in tall glasses … Enjoy.

Rum Swizzle 1 ounce of Myers’s dark – 1 ounce of Bacardi gold – fill with pineapple juice – swirl grenadine on top – add 2 dashes Angostura bitters … Swizzle drinks were originally stirred with a swizzle stick – hence the name.

Pirate Buck 2 ounces of Capt. Morgan spiced – fill with half ginger ale and half sour mix – add a lime garnish … I created this drink and it’s one of my favorites.

Pirate Storm 2 ounces of Capt. Morgan spiced – fill with 1/3 grapefruit juice and 2/3 orange juice – swirl grenadine on top – add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters … Another cocktail that I created and it’s a very tasty one.

Cajun Lemonade 2 ounces of Bacardi Superior – fill with 2/3 Sprite of 7-Up and 1/3 with sour mix – add 3-4 drops of Tabasco … This is a deliciously sexy drink.

Bull Moose 1 ounce of Capt. Morgan spiced – 1 ounce of Myers’s dark – fill with grapefruit juice and half tonic – add a lime garnish … This is a really odd name for a seriously good cocktail.

Dark & Blustery 2 ounces of Myers’s – fill with ginger ale – add a lime garnish … This is my version a classic cocktail called a Dark & Stormy and it’s seriously refreshing.

And there you have it – a half dozen rum cocktails you won’t see in most places that are deliciously fun and refreshing to drink. Not only that, but they’re easy to make and even easier to enjoy. So gather all your adventurous friends together and plan on having yourselves a swashbuckling good time drinking these cocktails at your next pool party; after a few of these, the pirate in you is sure to come out. And speaking of pools and parties, after seeing Brooke and Amy in their Independence Day bikinis – “God Bless America, For purple mountains majesty, Above the fruited plain” – I can’t wait to see them sailing the high seas in their pirate bikinis … Actually, they’ll just be floating on their pink flamingo rafts in the pool, but close enough – aargh! So until next month.

CHEERS!


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