Rum Barrel Challenge 2015

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It`s time to bring out the rum barrel mugs (or other fancy glasses) as the third tiki drink challenge is taking place on Instagram and this time it´s a Rum Barrel Challenge! Very shortly after it was announced by el_nova_1 on the thursday, the drink pictures started to come in….

And there`s recipes to chose from, for example in Jeff Berry`s Total Tiki App there`s four different varietes. I once said that the Rum Barrel is a cool tiki drink….because there´s something very relaxing and rewarding in having a BIG rum barrel mug filled with goodness to sip…like a giant pacifier for grownups! 🙂

In the golden tiki era most Polynesian restaurants had their own version of the Rum Barrel and this is a drink you can play a lot with, switching out rums and stuff, making new varietes and that`s what I`m gonna do now.

Jamaican Barrel `O Rum

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1 oz fresh lime
1 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1 oz fresh orange juice
0.25 oz sugarcane syrup
0.25 oz Pimento dram
0.5 oz Smith & Cross
0.5 oz Rum Nation Jamaica 8 Year
1 oz Blackwell Rum
0.5 oz Coruba overproof
Dash Angostura

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain and pour into a rum barrel mug with fresh ice cubes and garnish with plenty of mint and a bright tropical flower.

Next one up is coming full with luscuous rums and lots of Aloha! based on Don the Beachcomber´s 1940s recipe but with other rums….

Donn Beach Rum Barrel Recipe 1940s

Recipe pics from Jeff Berry`s Tiki App! get it here.

Aloha Barrel

Recipe as in the pics above but with 1 oz Koloa Coconut Rum, 1 oz Koloa Dark, float Koloa spiced and Rougaroux Blackstrap (or/and Cruzan)

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The last one to round up this Rum Barrel Challenge is complete with fire and two excellent overproof rums….one has a lot of pineapple flavor notes and is quite fruity and very deceiving with it´s smoothness….the other one is a intense smoke bomb…a really wild rum….it tastes like a “smoky JWray” and they balance each others flavor notes perfectly.

But they will not be alone in the barrel of course, we need one more rum and for that I picked the Rhum JM agricole blanc. So here we got fruity and smoky paired with grassy and herbal finished with a dash each of BoyDrinksWorld`s awesome Serrano Cocktail Spice and Passionfruit bitters and that makes for a quite different kind of Rum Barrel cocktail.

Sort of lighter, livelier and fresher but still deceivingly strong.

Flaming Rhum Barrel 

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1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
0.75 oz sugarcane syrup
1 oz Rhum JM agricole blanc
1.5 oz Rivers Royal Grenadian Rum (138 proof)
0.5 oz Lost Spirits 151 Cuban Inspired Rum
A dash (or two) each of Boy Drinks World Serrano Cocktail Spice and Passionfruit bitters

Shake it all with ice cubes and pour into a barrel mug or other tiki mug, fill up with fresh ice and garnish with mint and orchids on the side. For the flames, use two spent lime shells and place a crouton on each that is drenched in either a 151 proof rum or lemon extract and set alight.

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So head over to Instagram and take a look at all the amazing Rum Barrel drinks! Hashtag #rumbarrelchallenge2015 and don`t forget to follow el_nova_1 the creator of this event.

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