Wray & Nephew Rum


Did you know that Jamaican Independence Day was on August 6th? It’s all right if you didn’t because it snuck up on us too. But just because you missed the holiday, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy one of its finest traditions—a glass of Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum.

Village Island PunchWray & Nephew was established in Kingston, Jamaica in 1825 and has been the island’s most beloved spirit ever since. Wray & Nephew is used to christen new family members, sprinkled on the foundation of a newly built home to ward off duppies (spirits—not the drinking kind), and plays a prominent role in the dead yard, a nine day wake and party to celebrate the life of a deceased loved one.

Wray & Nephew is a crystal clear white rum. Its versatility has helped it become the top-selling rum all over the world. With aromas of molasses, coconut and sweet spice it is popular in a variety of cocktails. Oh, and its also 63% alcohol so it packs a hefty punch as well.

The kind people at Wray & Nephew have provided us with a variety of cocktail ideas that you don’t just have to enjoy on Jamaican Independence Day, but year-round. There’s the Wray & Ting, a simple mixture of rum, lime and Jamaican grapefruit soda that is one of the most popular drinks in Jamaica. You can also get a little more complex with the K 11 Rum Punch (Wray & Nephew Rum, Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican Rum, water, lime juice, strawberry syrup, cane simple syrup, orange juice and pineapple juice) or the Village Island Punch (Wray & Nephew, Appleton Estate, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, and lime juice).

Below you’ll find the exact recipes for each of these excellent cocktails. We trust that you’ll enjoy them at your leisure perhaps over a late summer game of dominoes, one of Jamaica’s favorite back a yard games.

Wray & Ting

1 ½ oz. Wray & Nephew® White Overproof Rum

4 oz. Ting™


Combine Wray & Nephew with Ting™ over ice. Add a squeeze of lime and garnish with a lime slice.

Village Island Punch

By Marva Layne, Negril Village, NYC

3 parts Wray & Nephew® White Overproof Rum

4 parts orange juice

3 parts pineapple juice

1 part Appleton® Estate V/X Rum

1/2 part grenadine

1/4 part lime juice

Shake with ice. Pour into glass. Garnish with pineapple top and cherry.

K11 Rum Punch Cocktail

K 11 Rum Punch

Recipe by Nigel Jones, Kingston 11, Oakland, California

2 parts Wray & Nephew® White Overproof Rum

2 parts Appleton® Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum

4 parts water

1 part lime juice

2 parts strawberry syrup

½ part cane simple syrup

2 parts orange juice

2 parts pineapple juice

Mix all ingredients together in a large punch bowl and adjust to your own taste preference.

To serve, put the punch in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and pour in a glass over ice. You can add your favorite garnish (lime wheel, fresh pineapple for example) in the drink or on the edge of the glass.

Bompas Club

Recipe by John Codd, San Francisco

1 ½ oz. Wray & Nephew® White Overproof Rum

1 oz. cream sherry

½ oz. Cynar®

½ oz. Campari®

¼ oz. grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a pint glass and stir together. Strain into a fresh rocks glass over cubed ice. Garnish with an orange peel.