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Cocktail: Worthy Park Swizzle

The only way to come back to the blogosphere is through a swizzle! So, let’s keep this short and sweet. I went to London in December (to study, actually) and while there, I had a few things on my mind. One of them being: “how much booze can I actually bring back?” I’ve done this before…when passing through Duty Free at the airport but, this time, I ventured out into the city on a hunt. Of course, the highly coveted Havana Club was a no-brainer. I keep an on-going “booze wish list” if you will and I was looking forward to crossing off a few items that I knew I wouldn’t find in the States. Well, I managed two of those (we can talk about that later). I’m not sure why I felt nervous to bring home the good this time. I was scouring the internet, trying to be extra careful because you know they’re going through your bags, right? The internet told me I could being home 1 Liter which is not even 2 whole bottles. Seriously.

On New Years Eve, my cousin and I made our way to the American Bar at the beautiful Savoy Hotel. While walking, we passed the Whiskey Exchange. By far, the very best store for booze shopping ever! Well, at least so far for me. Another favorite store of mine is in New Orleans, Keife &Co. The next day we headed back to The Whiskey Exchange, and there is where I got the best info on booze traveling. I spoke with about 3 associates at the store. One guy (who I spoke with the longest) tried to google Heathrow Airport policies and we even discussed ABV. And, it was all for nothing because the next guy (I obviously don’t remember their names, sorry) said I could bring back a suitcase full of booze!!!!!!!! That was enough for me! I did my shopping and made my way back to our room to configure the bags. I did at least bring my own bubble wrap. While my cousins bag was about 20 pounds overweight (LOL!!!!) I squeezed in 5 bottles. I’d done most of my booze (Rum) shopping by then but there was still one bottle on my mind. It was at the grocery store right around the corner from me, The Duppy Share. I had no idea if it was sold in the states, I didn’t know anything about it and it was a great price. But, alas, I didn’t bring it home. I thought maybe it would be a last minute decision at the airport in Duty Free but it wasn’t there so I was forced to buy 3 other rums.

When I got home I did some research on the Duppy Share and found that it’s a blend of Jamaican Rums from Worthy Park and Barbados Rums. The next logical step is a cocktail. I thought about the blend first and foremost. I went back and forth with the two Rums that I would use for my own blend in the swizzle. The other ingredients came easily. A well know Jamaican Rum comes from the Appleton Estate, I went with the Reserve Blend. For the Barbados Rum, there are a few options. Mount Gay Black Barrel would be marvelous here and is in fact one of my favorite Rums…ever. Plantation also produces a fine 5 year aged Barbados Rum. But, I wanted to bring something new to the Home Bar so I ventured out for Cockspur V.S.O.R. All of the elements came together in perfect harmony. Let’s get to the cocktail.

Worthy Park Swizzle:

1oz. Appleton Reserve Jamaican Rum

1oz. Cockspur V.S.O.R Barbados Rum

1oz. Lime Juice

3/4oz. Passion Fruit Syrup (Liber & Co.)

1/2oz. Licor 43 (or other vanilla liqueur)

1 Heavy Barspoon Campari

1 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters

1 Dash Orange Bitters (Regan’s used here)

Fill a Highball or Pilsner glass with crushed ice. Add all ingredients and swizzle until chilled. Top with more ice and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig or edible flowers if you have them. Feel free to use any blend of Rum you like. Cheers!

 

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Spirit Review: Banks 7 Golden Age Rum

When you first open a bottle of Banks 7 Golden Age Rum, you’re in for a pleasant experience. Sweet spice aromas of blended rums fill your nose. Those distinct aromas from Jamaican and Barbados style rums are what greet you first. You can gather the complexities of this rum even before tasting. Banks 7 is a blen of 23 different rums from 8 distilleries from 7 different orinigs. A truly unique and one of a kind rum. The 7 origins are listed on the beautiful, sophisticated bottle. Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Guatemala, Panama and Java.

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From Trinidad, there are hints of blackstrap molasses. This gives the rum so much character. After all, most rums are made from molasses.

From Jamaica comes pot-stilled rums. Jamaican rums are famous for their distinct aromatic flavor. They brought those aromatics to Banks 7. The pot-stilled rum brings a “bite” to Banks 7.

From Guyana comes the earthy and tropical notes which you get on the forefront of your palate. We may not all be familiar with Guyana style rums, but it brings some depth to Banks 7.

From Barbados comes the zest of Barbados style rums. Adding to the brightness of Banks 7.

From Guatemala comes the sugar cane. The sugar cane yields a toasted nut flavor to the rum. The toasted nut characteristics pair well with the aged flavors.

From Panama comes the dry notes you get from aged rums. It blends well with the woodsy notes in the rum.

From Java comes Batavia Arrack which lends spice. Arrack is a distilled spirit made from the fermented sap of coconut flowers, sugar cane, grain (red rice) or fruit depending on it’s country of origin. The spirit is sometimes blended and then aged and filtered.

DSC_4665On the palate, you do get some sweet fruit and molasses notes followed by spice and a punch from the Jamaican and Barbados Rums. This medium-bodied rum is definitely a smooth, but light and easy sipper. Try it in your next Old Fashioned.

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The bottle is “sophisticated” and sleek with all of the 7 origins stenciled on the lower half and a beautiful purple label covering the upper half.

As far as cocktails go, this rum lends it’s self to the possibilities of many. Classic or original. The first one is an original. Mixing some banana infused rum and apricot brandy, I wanted to play on the tropical notes in Banks 7.

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The “7 Origins” Cocktail:

1 1/2oz. Banks 7 Golden Age Rum

3/4oz. Apricot Liqueur

3/4oz. Lime Juice

1/2oz. Banana Infused Rum

1/2oz. Simple Syrup [Or Demerara Syrup]

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

*Add all ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into chilled coupe or over fresh ice.

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The “Airmail” Cocktail:

1 1/2oz. Banks 7 Rum

3/4oz. Honey Syrup [1 Part Honey : 1 Part Water]

3/4oz. Lime Juice

2 Fresh Pineapple Chunks

1 Dash Angostura Bitters

Sparkling Wine

*Start by muddling 2 small chunks of pineapple in your shaker to release juice. Add remaining ingredients minus sparkling wine. Fill shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into champagne flute or fizz glass. Top with sparkling lime and garnish with lime twist.

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Cheers from Banks Rum!