Happy First Day of Spring to you, dear friends and fluffy-tailed rabbits who can read stuff on the internet!
Fire up the grill and put away the Dutch ovens and slow cookers. Go frolic in a field of daffodils. Clean behind the fridge and start socializing again–bonus points if you can figure out how to do both at once.
(That last one’s mostly for me.)
Also, Spring Agenda Item #4: Make this cocktail.
With that, I’m done telling you what to do for the rest of the year. I don’t like to be bossy anyhow–it’s just that I really, really like this drink.
When we think about ways to enjoy a good, dark, spice-heavy rum, like Kraken here, the go-tos are probably either things like spiked hot chocolate or coffee, or anything involving ginger beer or cola (no judgment here, by the way).
But am I really going to post a hot drink recipe and wax nonpoetic nonsense about the virtues of cozy evenings indoors, on the day of the spring equinox? No. Please yell at me if I ever pull a stunt like that.
As for the Dark and Stormy, or Rum and Coke–you know how to do that. Please yell at me AND throw things if you see such a thing here.
Consider this our transition drink. Gin and tonics will still be there in June. For now, let’s talk about dark, fragrant rum loaded with rich molasses, caramel, malt, vanilla, and spices. Let’s add even more vanilla, and just a touch of bitter orange (though honestly, I originally added Aperol for the color). Lest you suspect this might be a touch too sweet, lemon juice abounds. Cardamom bitters add complexity and spice to a pretty vanilla-heavy aroma.
Not shabby, not shabby at all. We’ve made it through winter, the endless wait for season 2 of House of Cards, and at least one disappointing burrito lunch (just me?). All good reasons for a round of drinks and a toast.
(Disclaimer: I was generously provided Kraken rum. It’s delicious and you should make drinks with it–but that, along with everything else here, is my own opinion. Especially about the burrito.)
- 1 1/2 ounces Kraken black spiced rum
- 3/4 ounce Licor 43
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 ounce Aperol
- A couple dashes cardamom bitters
- Orange twist and/or vanilla bean, for garnish
- Add everything but the garnish(es) to a cocktail shaker or mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until thoroughly chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish as you'd like.