created by Paul Etter
1.5 oz Smith & Cross
.5 oz Cruzan Black Strap
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Rothman & Winter Apricot Orchard
.25 oz Ginger Syrup
.25 oz Falernum
Dash Angostura bitters
Shake all ingredients with a cup of cracked ice and pour unstrained into a scary Tiki mug (or 15 oz DOF) and top with more crushed ice to fill. Garnish with mint sprig and miniature fedora, if you have one.
It’s all over! It’s official and in the books and now, on the site.
The contest to create the official RumDood.com cocktail started about a month ago as my fellow rum fanatics at RumConnection.com and The Floating Rum Shack joined me in a massive search for signature cocktails for each of our sites.
We collected tons of interesting and tasty recipes for each site and shared them between us in a virtual cocktail party to pick the winners. And the winners have, indeed been picked.
It took tasting more than 20 cocktails, the juicing of countless limes, lemons and oranges, and more than $200 in liquor – these contests always seem to highlight the liquor I don’t already own – to find the winner. After working for many hours rating each of the entries my editor and I spent the better part of an hour doing a round-robin tasting of what we ranked as our top 5 cocktails.
The winning recipe comes from Paul Etter in San Francisco, California. Paul says the recipe is one that he had come up with prior to the contest, but that he felt was a good match for the site. The tart, sweet, spicy mixture of rum, citrus, ginger and falernum combines just about everything I love about rum drinks into a single glass or mug. It would be hard to better tailor a drink to my own preferences.
Paul’s submission called for “Gold Jamaican Rum” which made me immediately grab bottles of Appleton Estate and Smith & Cross for testing. You can’t really go wrong with this drink and either the S&C or the Appleton Estate 12 Year Old, but I really REALLY liked this drink with the Smith & Cross’ funkiness playing off of the Black Strap, ginger syrup and falernum (which may or may not have been RumDood Falernum #2…just sayin’).
Thank you to all who participated in this contest. You all submitted some fantastic drinks!