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Rum Dood Cocktail

by Matt Robold on July 6, 2010

Rum Dood
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 cocktail started about a month ago as my fellow rum fanatics at 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.

The Carnage

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.

Suggested Rums:

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!



Noelle July 6, 2010 at 9:23 am

You can make me one of these ANY time. I mean… 😀

Mike July 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

Mmmmmm…….getting thirstyyyyy.

Tiare July 6, 2010 at 10:37 am

Will you pleeez make me one in the Mixohouse? it really does look tasty!

And congrats to the winner!


Paul Etter July 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I’m truly honored that selected my entry to be the signature cocktail. I had a lot of fun developing this drink. I hope everyone gives it a try and tips their fedora to the dood!

Marty July 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Just trying my first one now. It’s outstanding! I especially like that it’s wicked traditional, too. This is definitely going into the rotation. Great job, Paul!

Sunny&Rummy July 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Great looking drink, Paul! I’ll be spinning it up in the near future.

Mark July 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Just made one of these with S&C and Appleton Xtra instead of the Black Strap (don’t have any) and OMFG is it good!

Rob Burr July 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Dood, first your own cartoon character — and a totally cool picture with natural lighting in New Orleans — then a signature cocktail … you are so over the top in this virtual world of spiritual enlightenment. To the movement! Onward and upward.

butters July 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm

this is a fantastically well balanced drink! thanks for picking a kick ass cocktail and congrats to mr. etter!

Jordan January 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Finally made one of these up, though I had to sub in homemade mango liqueur for the apricot. Both my roommate and I agree that this is a mighty fine drink. Though it’s hard to go wrong with that much S&C. Unless, you know, you have somewhere to be in the next couple of hours.

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