Key Lime Mojito

Mojitos. They're the bane of every bartender's existence. As soon as one gets ordered, everyone wants one. All that damn muddlin' and prep. 

But people order them for a reason. Because they're fucking delicious. Fresh mint, lime, sugar, rum and seltzer combine to make one hell of a tasty cocktail. 

We've got a bottle of the Wray & Nephew Overproof White Rum and were wondering what to do to a mojito that would make it stand up the intense flavor of really good rum. The answer was simple, swap out regular limes for key limes

Valued for their tart and bitter flavor, key limes have more acidity (and seeds) than regular limes. They're easy to find fresh in about any grocery store, so please don't cop out with bottled juice, okay?

 

equipment:

muddler
cocktail shaker
bar spoon
tall glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Wray & Nephew Overproof White Rum
2 whole fresh key limes
2 sprigs fresh mint (about 12 leaves)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
5-6 oz seltzer
fresh mint and lime for garnish


method:

Cut the fresh limes into quarters and drop them into the bottom of your cocktail shaker. Add the fresh mint and sugar and muddle to press and release the juices from the lime and the flavor of the mint. Add the rum and stir with a bar spoon to finish dissolving the sugar. Add a few cubes of ice and give it a quick shake before transferring to your glass. Rinse the shaker with the seltzer and pour into glass. Give it a light stir and fill with more ice if needed. 

Jasper's Rum Punch

If you were partying with us last October, you know we love a good Tiki drink. So much so that we declared it Tikitober and had an event with nothing but tropical drinks. As good as that event was, we were only really missing one thing. Jamaican Overproof Rum

Called "overproof" for good reason, it's a ingredient in quite a few classic Tiki cocktails and packs one hell of a punch in the buzz department. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum comes in at 63% alcohol - 126 proof! 

Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum is a top selling high-strength white rum. A legend in Jamaica, this is the real rum from the island where the rum comes from. It adds a unique rum character to drinks and is the essential ingredient in authentic Jamaican rum punch, made famous by Jasper LeFranc, the former head bartender of the Bay Roc Hotel in Montego Bay. 

This recipe below is best made in large batches, since it requires a little prep for Jasper's special mixer. Recipe adapted from Beachbum Berry's Potions of the Caribbean - an essential book for anyone that loves great Tiki drinks!

 

equipment:

tall cocktail glass
sizzle stick

ingredients:

1.5 oz Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum
1.5 oz Jasper's basic stock mix
crushed ice
slice of lime, cherry and mint sprig for garnish


method:

Fill your glass halfway with crushed ice and add rum and mixer. Swizzle it around until well chilled. Fill the remaining area with more crushed ice, swizzle again and garnish.


Jasper's Basic Stock Mix

Mix one cup of freshly-squeezed lime juice with 3/4 cup of granulated sugar. Stir until it dissolves and add 1/2 ounce of Angostura bitters and a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of freshly-grated nutmeg. Transfer to a bottle and refrigerate until using, shaking before each use.