Rum for Days

Today, Sunday August 16, is National Rum Day.

Seriously, only one day? Rum should at least have a whole month! You see, we kinda love rum. Regardless of whether it's white, brown or yellow, rum is one of those spirits that just doesn't get the love it deserves.

After all, it was RUM that helped us get through Prohibition. Just because the laws shut down (legal) production of booze here in the states, that did not mean other countries had to stop. And folks ("rum runners") would bring this sugarcane spirit up from the tropics where we discovered the joys of a good rum buzz. 

Through the months, we've been lucky to have some seriously amazing rums participate in 3st of the Month. And through that time, we've whipped up a ton of rum-based cocktails. So, it seems only fitting to share some (30!) of those with you on this most sacred of days. Drink up!

Shit we love: Ancho Reyes

You might have noticed Ancho Reyes just keeps on finding its way into our recipes (or tasted it for yourself at our August "Anni3stary" event). 

That's because it's shit we love. It's a crazy-versatile ancho chile liqueur inspired by a 1920's recipe found in the town of Puebla Zaragoza, Mexico. The ancho chiles used to flavor the liqueur are hand-selected, dried, scissor sliced, and then soaked in a neutral cane spirit for six months in iron vats. But it does not stop there. After straining, they blend it and age it to allow the flavors to combine even further. Their careful process results in a robust flavor that's both sweet and smokey while also carrying a warm heat thats not overpowering. 

This liqueur makes our favorites list not just because of its delicious taste, but also because of the complexity and depth of flavor it easily adds to so many cocktails. This shit plays great with others too. Whether it be tequila, mezcal, dark rum, and even whiskey and gin, you can add a little or a lot for entirely different results. If you don't already have a bottle yourself, go get one. You can bet it won't be an addition to your bar you regret. A bottle doesn't last very long on ours...

Here's a few of our favorite Ancho Reyes cocktails.

summer drinkin'

Yup. Regardless whether it's "official" or not, it's definitely summer here in Nashville. 90+ temps are a better determination of the season than the Summer Solstice (June 21, in case you're wondering). 

When it comes to summer drinks, we like to keep them light, bright and refreshing. Be it Tiki or Tequila, there's no shortage of cocktails you can make this summer. And luckily for you, we've collected our favorite recipes right here for your boozy enjoyment. 

And if you don't have time to grab a bunch of ingredients, keep it simple. Just pick up some flavored seltzer (we love LaCroix) and booze. It can be that easy, folks.

So, grab some ice, a few buddies and get to drinkin'! 

the big orange

Sip on this! Easy summertime drinkin' with the "Big Orange"

With a holiday weekend ahead, it's the unofficial kickoff of summer, which means long days on the lake with drink in hand. Lucky for us, this guest post from Jacob Jones at Mountain should get you set for the summer ahead.

When I was young, my family would take the drive once a year from our tiny farm town in Indiana to Dale Hollow Lake on the Kentucky/Tennessee border. Dale Hollow meant all things summer to me back then. We'd spend a week water skiing, swimming, tubing and staying up all night. My parent's had a crew of friends with tons of kids combined. For an 8 year old kid, it felt pretty much like middle American paradise.

For the adults though, it meant letting loose from the grind of work weeks, playing cards and getting drunk. My parents were fairly young, so they were still able to throw down every once in a while. They'd listen to The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty all night. They got louder and louder by the hour. They danced. They got smashed at least one night of the trip. Who could blame them? 

Back then, everything felt very blue collar. It's been my experience that blue collar and middle class people are by far the most fun to party with. My folks and their friends weren't fancy, but they made strong drinks and held their own. 

They had this one concoction called "Big Orange" or "Big O," as it came to be known. They'd make a big batch in the morning and sip this stuff all day. The "Big O" days on the lake were always the most fun to watch. My dad would jump off 40 foot cliffs into the lake. The entire house boat of adults sang John Mellencamp at the top of their lungs. The Big O flowed. All before four in the afternoon.

The kick in "Big O" was gin and, this being gin month at 3st Of The Month, I thought I'd share this little Indiana secret with you.

"Big Orange"

1 Handle of Seagrams Gin (Yes, it needs to be Seagrams. Nothing fancy here)
2 Two Liter bottles of Mountain Dew
6 Oranges
6 Limes
6 Lemons

Squeeze all the fruit and combine all ingredients in a giant bowl. Pour over ice and sip.

I know what you're thinking....Mountain Dew, really? Really? Yep. This isn't mixology. Trust me. 

Make some "Big O" next time you hit the lake and you'll have stories for months. Its a boozy, citrusy, caffeinated experience that goes perfectly with Bruce Springsteen, sunburns and the best times of your life. Oh, and go ahead and buy some Advil.


the go-to

It seems we all have that one 'go-to' drink. In this guest blog post from Henry Pile of Mountain, you'll read about his. And it's damn good.

What’s your go-to drink? You know, the one you turn to when friends stop by. The one that everyone asks you to make. The one you love to drink on a warm saturday afternoon.

I love a cold can of beer. Zero maintenance. Easy to keep at the ready. Portable. Reliable. But, it lacks imagination. My can of beer is as good as yours or anyone else’s. There’s nothing special about it.

The next is a “something and something.” Think of this as Gin and Tonic or Whiskey and Lemonade or Rum and Coke. I think Peggy Olson said it best when considering Mountain Dew and vodka as  “an emergency.” A last resort. Desperate.

If you come to my house, you’ll drink an ice cold Old Fashioned. That’s my go-to. But, in making this drink over the years, I’ve found a few derivations that make it uniquely my own.

I don’t usually have simple syrup on hand, but I always have sugar cubes. I drop one in the bottom of a rocks glass and three dashes of Bitter Truth lemon bitters.

I smash the sugar and spread it around the bottom and side of the glass. Then I add one dropper of Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters around the sides.

Drop in a  full scoop of ice.

Add ½ ounce of Cointreau.

Add 2 ounces of Belle Meade Bourbon

Grab that long mixing spoon and stir 40-50 turns. This helps melt the ice and mellow the drink. It also blends the sugar on the bottom.

Lastly, cut a slice of lemon peel and rub the rim.

From time to time, I’ll try a variation (orange, different bitters, Rye…), but this is my go-to. You should have one as well. But don’t rush into it. Let the trial and error be a fun process. Hell, you’re drinking! Relax and enjoy it.

green cocktails!

Admit it. You've done the green beer thing. . .only to wake in the middle of the night with a horrible case of green vomit. 

Well, you're older and wiser now. And you deserve to celebrate St Patrick's Day with a little more class and style. 

With this in mind, we've pulled together our favorite green drinks - both naturally colored and brightly colored - to give you a little boozy inspiration. 


give thanks for booze

A good friend once referred to the term "FFF." 

"Forced Family Fun" was the meaning and we know exactly what they meant. Yeah, we love our family, but sometimes, like around Thanksgiving, family time can be more than a little stressful. 

The cure? Booze, of course!

We've published several new cocktails just for the Holidays and pulled in a few of our other favorites. You'll find all the flavors of the season - from sorghum to sage, spice to smoke. But most importantly, these things pack a punch! So be safe out there please!

So go ahead, make that trip to the liquor store now - it gives you a good excuse to slip out of the house.