Rum

The Rum Runner

About The Rum Runner

Ah the Rum Runner. A quintessential tropical cocktail, this concoction hails from Islamorada, Florida circa 1950. Created by a bartender using whatever extra ingredients he had lying around, the Rum Runner became a supremely sweet staple of warm-time weather cocktails. The Rum Runner has dozens of variations and recipes, but always features the combination of two types of rums; in our version we prefer silver and dark rum, however coconut, flavored, or spiced rum can also be used.

 
Rum Runner Tall.jpg
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Light Rum

  • 1 oz. Dark Rum

  • 1 oz. Blackberry Liqueur

  • 1 oz. Banana Liqueur

  • 2 oz. Orange Juice

  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice

  • Splash Grenadine

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:        5 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks/Frozen

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Sweet

Method:

Place all ingredients except grenadine in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a hurricane glass or fishbowl. Add a splash of grenadine. Garnish with cherry and a pineapple wedge.

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg

The Cuba Libre

About The Cuba Libre

 Is it technically just a rum and coke? Well sort of. The cocktail is very simple and inexpensive, but it does remain as one the world’s most popular cocktails. The cocktail comes from post Spanish-American War Cuba and its name is from the motto of the Cuban Independence movement of the time. Typically at Empire Mixology we don’t like to push specific brands in our cocktails, but this classic recipe technically calls for Bacardi Superior Silver Rum and Coca Cola. Note a Cuba Libre is not made with Spiced Rum, more commonly known as a Captain and Coke.

20181228_233606.jpg

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Silver Rum (Bacardi Superior)

  • Fill Coca Cola

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating: 5.0 Stars

  • Served: On the Rocks

  • Strength: Light

  • Difficulty: Simple

  • Flavor: Sweet

Method:

Build ingredients with ice in a highball glass. Stir gently and garnish with a lime wedge.

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg

The Long Island Iced Tea

About The Long Island Iced Tea

 Disclaimer: The following recipe is not the IBA Official Long Island Iced Tea. The following recipe is a custom Empire Mixology Long Island Iced Tea that has been a family hand-down recipe from our multi-generational team of bartenders and mixologists. In contrast to the “official” recipe, the Empire recipe tones down the tequila and gin, while adding more rum. Also, a splash of rye is introduced to cut the harsh flavor of the tequila and gin and create a much smoother finish. This recipe is an Empire Mixology recipe that has never left an upset customer.

20181228_193842.jpg

Ingredients:

• 1 oz. Vodka

• 1¼ oz. Rum

• ¾ oz. Gin

• ¾ oz. Tequila

• 1 oz. Triple Sec

• Splash of Rye Whiskey

• 4½ oz. Sour Mix

• Splash of Coca Cola

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating: 5 Stars

  • Served: On the Rocks

  • Strength: Strong

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Flavor: Sweet

Method:

Build ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice, except for the coca cola. Gently shake a few times to chill ingredients. Pour with ice into highball or pint glass. Add splash of coke and stir gently. Add lemon wedge and cherry as garnish. The color should be pale brown, similar to iced tea. If the drink is too dark then too much coke has been added.

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg

The Between The Sheets

About The Between The Sheets

The cousin of the Sidecar, the IBA Classic Between the Sheets is a product of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, France. There’s also claims it was invented in French brothels or rival hotels. This is a spirit forward cocktail that exudes class and a taste for vintage drinks. Order this at your local bar to impress the mixologist and the friends in your company.

betweenthesheets.jpg

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Silver Rum

  • 1 oz. Cognac

  • 1 oz. Triple Sec

  • .5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:  Strong

  • Difficulty:  Medium

  • Flavor:       Strong

Method:

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg

The Mojito

About The Mojito

The Mojito is yet another IBA Classic Cocktail originating from Havana, Cuba and is a distinct mixology icon. A long favored summer drink in Europe and all season favorite in the Caribbean and lower US states, the Mojito reached mainstream popularity in the 1930s thanks to celebrities such as Errol Flynn, Ernest Hemingway, and Brigitte Bardot.

The minty-lime flavor of the Mojito is easily substituted or added to in modern mixology; making the Mojito one of the most versatile cocktails in mixology today.

mojito2-650x933.jpg

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Light Rum

  • 1 oz. Lime Juice

  • 2 tsp. Fine Sugar (to taste)

  • 2 Sprigs of Mint

  • Soda Water

  • Fresh Mint Leaves (for garnish)

  • 4 Lime Wedges (for garnish)

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:  Medium

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Flavor:       Mint

Method:

Add a few mint leaves, lime juice, one lime wedge, and sugar to a highball or desired glass. Muddle ingredients until most of the sugar has dissolved and the juices and oils from the mint and lime have been released. Fill the glass with ice, mint spring, and lime wedges, then pour rum over the ice and fill with soda water. Garnish with additional mint spring and lime wedge.

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg

The Dragonfruit Mojito

About The Dragonfruit Mojito

So it’s been almost two years, so we figured why not update one of our former signature classics. Ladies and gentlemen meet the Dragonfruit Mojito. This beautiful just in time for summer cocktail is as pleasing in flavor as it is in appearance. This exotic cocktail derives its name from its signature ingredient; Dragonfruit aka Pitaya. Combining the looks and name of the dragonfruit with the classic fan favorite Mojito recipe, creates an astounding and unique concoction. The dragonfruit actually absorbs the spirit the longer it sits, and by using the skin of the fruit in the muddling process we’re able to get that perfect pink fade at the bottom. Our Mixologists were excited to recreate one of our oldest and greatest recipes. Try it out and tell us what you think!

DSC_0087-1024x951.jpg

Ingredients:

  • 1 Dragon Fruit

  • 2 Lime Wedges

  • 2 Lime Wheels

  • 7-8 Mint Leaves

  • 2.5 oz. Silver Rum

  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup

  • Lemon-Lime Soda

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:    Light

  • Difficulty:   Complex

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Empire Tip: Don’t like all the floating chunks of dragon fruit? Strain the muddled dragon fruit, lime, and mint before pouring into the drinking glass.

Method:

Halve dragon fruit and cut one of the halves into six or seven thin slices. Separate the flesh from the skin of three slices and add into building glass. Cut the exterior skin (leafy part) from the inner skin and add the inner skin into the glass as well.

Add four mint leaves, a lime wedge, and the simple syrup. Muddle.

In the serving glass, use a melon baller on the remaining halve of dragon fruit and add three balls of dragon fruit into the glass along with a lime wheel. Then pour the muddled ingredients from the building glass into the serving glass.

Add crushed ice until glass is 2/3 full. Add a lime wedge, remaining mint leaves, and additional dragon fruit balls until full.

Add 2.5 oz. of Silver Rum or more depending on your preference, and then top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lime wheel and extra mint if desired and serve with a straw.

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg

The Bacardi

About The Bacardi

This cousin of the Daiquiri is a pre-prohibition cocktail and an IBA Classic. Although the original version of this drink originates from Cuba, the grenadine addition is a United States variation and creates a more sweet flavor. This cocktail is still fairly spirit-forward so sip responsibly and slowly.

Bacardi.png

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Bacardi® Superior Rum

  • 2 oz. Lime Juice

  • 1 oz. Grenadine

  • 1/4 oz. Sugar

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:  Strong

  • Difficulty:  Medium

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

Add all ingredients to shaker glass with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into martini glass.

Empire Tip: Try an orange peel as a garnish!

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg

The Corona Bomb

About The Corona Bomb

We here at Empire Mixology love Corona, and the classic way to enjoy a Corona Extra Cerveza is with a lime wedge. However, we consider this a bit of an upgrade and a way to add an extra punch to your afternoon. As our first Depth Charge recipe, we hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

coronabomb.png

Ingredients:

  • 1 Corona Extra Cerveza

  • 1 oz. Bacardi Limon Rum

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Depth Charge

  • Strength:   Medium

  • Difficulty: Simple

  • Flavor:       Citrus

Method:

Fill a highball with Corona and drop the shot into the highball, chug (responsibly) accordingly.

Alternately, you can avoid the depth charge option by pouring the shot into a bottle of Corona directly and then thumbing the bottle and turning it over.

Empire Tip: Use a lime wedge for garnish and/or as a finish.

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg

The Daquiri

About The Daquiri

Considered one of the six basic drinks and a foundation of mixology, the Daiquiri is refreshing and tangy as it combines perfect proportions of sweet, sour, and spirit. Rising to popularity in the 1940s during World War II, the original founding of this cocktail can be traced to Cuba during the Spanish-American War. President John F. Kennedy also included this cocktail as one of his personal favorites.

Daquiri.png

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Silver Rum

  • 1 oz. Lime Juice

  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup

  • 1 Lime Wheel

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:  Strong

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into martini glass and garnish with lime wedge.

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg

The Planter's Punch

About The Planter’s Punch

This is one of the older IBA Classic Cocktails on the list, with it first being mentioned in 1878 in London. The cocktail itself is disputed to have originated from Charleston, SC or Jamaica. This is a sweet summertime punch that hides its potent alcohol content well. Although rarely ordered at a bar anymore, this is classic and essential recipe to know.

4431304224_0fdbc729d4_z.jpg

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Dark Rum

  • 1 oz. Orange Juice

  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice

  • 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz. Grenadine

  • 1/2 oz. Simple Sugar Syrup

  • 3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

  • Cocktail Cherry & Pineapple Wedge for Garnish

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:   Medium

  • Difficulty:  Medium

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Pour all ingredients, except the bitters, into shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled. Pour into large glass, filled with ice. Add Angostura bitters as a floater and do not stir. Garnish with cocktail cherry and pineapple.

14046149_1771280863141146_9163212304219370992_n.jpg