Justin Noel’s Top Five Rum Cocktails for Summer

Cocktails

You know we love to talk bourbon! But during the hot and humid summer not much can beat a damn good rum drank.

Shellback Rum is a new brand on the market and they are coming out of the gate a winner. Working with Barbados-based West Indies Rum Distillery (established in ye olde 1893) they have two products, a silver rum and a spiced rum.  The spiced is a blend of unaged rum with a portion that has spent at least 12 months in a once-used American bourbon barrel (hey, looka there!). Once blended, Shellback is flavored with  Cinnamon Bark Oil (Sri Lanka and Ceylon); Ginger Oil (China and Africa); Clove Oil (Madagascar and India); Nutmeg (Indonesia); Cassia (Vietnam and China); Vanilla (Madagascar) and Allspice (Caribbean). Dang, it sounds like Christmas!

Recently Shellback made a splash at the epic Manhattan Cocktail Classic event. They hired famed New York bartender Justin Noel (of Pranna, Breslin, Royalton and Goldbar fame) to come up with some thirst quenching rum based cocktails that he has shared below.

Let us know if you make one and send us a photo on Instagram at @TheManualStyle

The Olive Blossom:

2oz Shellback Silver Rum

.75 oz St. Germain

1 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice

.25 oz Simple Syrup

2 dashes of Lavender Bitters

Champagne Coup Glass

Edible Orchid Garnish

Twilight In Negril:

1.5 oz Jamaican Rum

1 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice

.5 oz Lime Juice

.5 oz Agave Nectar

.25 oz Apricot Liqueur

Shaken with ice

Strained into a coup

Pineapple Leaf for a garnish

Stout and Stormy:

2 oz Dark or Spiced Rum

.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice

.75 oz Demerara Syrup ( 2 cups of Demerara Sugar to 1 cup of water)

.5 oz Fresh Ginger Juice

Highball Glass

Crushed Ice

Dry shake contents

Pour into a empty highball glass

Add crushed ice to the top

Top with Abita Turbo Dog Brown Ale

Garnish with a Lime Slice and Candied Ginger

Don’t Tell Babo (From Employees Only):

Bacardi 8 Rum

Bianco Vermouth

stirred with Meletti

Dashes of Chocolate Bitters.

Served over ice

Cana Brava Hemingway:

2 oz Cana Brava Rum

.75 oz Lime Juice

.5 oz Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice

.5 oz Maraschino Liquor

1 bar spoon of simple syrup

Lime wheel