How To Make A Piña Colada


In 1978 the Piña Colada’s was declared the official drink of Puerto Rico. The Piña Colada’s origins is contested by two San Juan spots: Barrachina Restaurant and Caribe Hilton. But it was Caribe Hilton that received the birthplace proclamation on its 50th anniversary by the Puerto Rican governor. Piña Coladas are a amazing treat and Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut is hard to beat for this drink. To keep this recipe simple, we use equal parts pineapple juice, coconut cream, and rum. Piña Coladas are best when shared with friends and family and this recipe makes generous portions for two people.


EQUIPMENT

Ingredients

  • 4.5 ounces Rum Dark Rum is better
  • 4 ounces Cream of coconut
  • 4 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1 1/2 cup Icer

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Blend the rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice with ice until smooth and creamy. Throw a pineapple wedge or two in the blender, too, if you like.
  2. Pour into whatever glassware is desired.
  3. Garnish with the pineapple wedge. You’ll need a straw (preferably paper) for this one.

quick tip

Plantation Rum’s Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple is made with real pineapples, not artificial flavoring. It is outrageously good in a Piña Colada, as we learned first hand at a rooftop bar in Manhattan a couple of summers back.


Piña Colada

Declared the official drink of Puerto Rico in 1978, the Piña Colada’s creation is contested by two San Juan spots: Barrachina Restaurant and Caribe Hilton. But it was Caribe Hilton that received the birth place proclamation on its 50th anniversary by the Puerto Rican governor.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Hurricane glass
  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ounces Rum Dark Rum is better
  • 4 ounces Cream of coconut
  • 4 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1 1/2 cup Ice

Instructions
 

  • Blend the rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice with ice until smooth and creamy. Throw a pineapple wedge or two in the blender, too, if you like.
  • Pour into whatever glassware is desired.
  • Garnish with the pineapple wedge. You’ll need a straw (preferably paper) for this one.

Notes

Plantation Rum’s Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple is
made with real pineapples, not artificial flavoring. It is
outrageously good in a Piña Colada, as we learned firsthand
at a rooftop bar in Manhattan a couple of summers back.

How To Make A Caipirinha


The Caipirinha pronounced (kai/pee/reen/ya) is considered the national drink of Brazil. So you know it has something going for it. The main spirit cachaça (ka/cha/sa) is made from sugar and considered to be part of the rum family. But it is much more vegetable and earthy than other forms of rum. Traditionally it is served in an old fashioned glass, this drink is very informal. While we encourage you to measure all the ingredients carefully for most cocktails, this one is free-styled. Once you master it, you can have a great time teaching friends how to make it at a party. Put out a bowl of cut limes, some sugar, and a bottle of cachaça, and show everyone the fun new drink you learned and how they can easily make it, too.


EQUIPMENT

Ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Place half a lime cut-side down on a cutting board and cut about ⅛ inch off the “north and south poles,” or the ends.
  2. Cut the half lime into three wedges (or four wedges for a large lime).
  3. Cut each wedge in half width wise to make almost a cube, the ideal shape.
  4. Put six lime “cubes” in the old fashioned glass. Add the sugar
  5. Use the muddler to extract the juice and incorporate the sugar. Add the cachaça. Stir with the muddler to incorporate. Add ice to fill the glass.

quick tip

If the funkiness (or soil-like flavor) of the cachaça puts you off,or if you have a difficult time finding it, substitute a traditional silver rum of your choice, such as the ubiquitous Bacardi Silver.


Caipirinha

The Caipirinha (kai/pee/reen/ya) is the national drink of Brazil. The base spirit cachaça (ka/cha/sa) is made from sugar and considered to be in the rum family,but it is much more vegetal and earthy than other styles of rum.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Old fashioned glass
  • Jigger
  • Muddler

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces cachaca such as novo fogo silver

Instructions
 

  • Place half a lime cut-side down on a cutting board and cut about ⅛ inch off the “north and south poles,” or the ends.
  • Cut the half lime into three wedges (or four wedges for a large lime).
  • Cut each wedge in half width wise to make almost a cube, the ideal shape.
  • Put six lime “cubes” in the old fashioned glass. Add the sugar
  • Use the muddler to extract the juice and incorporate the sugar. Add the cachaça. Stir with the muddler to incorporate. Add ice to fill the glass.

Notes

If the funkiness (or soil-like flavor) of the cachaça puts you off, or if you have a difficult time finding it, substitute a traditional silver rum of your choice, such as the ubiquitous Bacardi Silver.
Keyword Caipirinha, cocktails, granulated sugar, Jigger
Mai Tai (2)

How To Make A Mai Tai


The name “mai tai” comes from the Tahitian saying “mai tai roa,” which is loosely translated to “out of this world.” The origin story of the Mai Tai is out of this world as two people claim they invented the tropical cocktail. Victor Bergeron claims to have invented the Mai Tai in 1944 at his California restaurant Trader Vic’s. But, Donn Beach of Don the Beachcomber claims that recipe was a copy of his own similar-tasting creation, the Q.B. Cooler.


EQUIPMENT

Ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Pour the lime juice, orgeat, curaçao or almond extract,and rum into the shaker.
  2. Add ice. Shake until very cold,about 15 seconds.
  3. Fill the glass with fresh ice and strain into it. Garnish with the lime wheel and mint sprig.

quick tip

It’s ideal to use a Jamaican rum, such as Plantation Rum Jamaica or Appleton’s Estate. For the orange curaçao, Pierre Ferrand or Cointreau is best. And if you don’t have orgeat,you can use ¾ ounce of simple syrup and a drop of almond extract.


Mai Tai (2)

Mai Tai

The name “mai tai” most likely comes from the Tahitian saying “mai tai roa,” which more or less means “out of this world.” The origin story of the MaiTai is similarly out of this world as two people claim they invented the tropical cocktail.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Old fashioned glass
  • Citrus juicer/extractor
  • Jigger for measuring
  • Shaker
  • Hawthorne strainer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce orgeat
  • 1/2 ounce orange curacao
  • 1 ounce demerara rum
  • 1 ounce age dark rum
  • Lime Wheel and mint spreg

Instructions
 

  • Pour the lime juice, orgeat, curaçao or almond extract,and rum into the shaker.
  • Add ice. Shake until very cold,about 15 seconds.
  • Fill the glass with fresh ice and strain into it. Garnish with the lime wheel and mint sprig.

Notes

It’s ideal to use a Jamaican rum, such as Plantation Rum
Jamaica or Appleton’s Estate. For the orange curaçao, Pierre
Ferrand or Cointreau is best. And if you don’t have orgeat,
you can use ¾ ounce of simple syrup and a drop of almond
extract.
Keyword dark rum, Lime Juice, Mai Tai, Old fashioned glass

How To Make A Mojito


Everyone likes a good Daiquiri, but when you add some mint and club soda, and serve it over ice, and you have the Mojito. The origins of this drink is traced back to Havana, Cuba. But it’s hard to know who truly invented it. One story says it was a health tonic made for the crew
of Sir Francis Drake in the 1500s by locals, and another credits African slaves who worked in the Cuban fields. The great author Hemingway’s favorite bar, La Bodeguita del Medio, claims the version they made for him is responsible for its popularity. The drink was also featured in a beach scene in the Bond film Die Another Day.


EQUIPMENT

Ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Put the mint leaves in the smaller mixing tin. Using a muddler, gently press on the leaves to release the oils.
  2. Add the simple syrup. Mix gently with the muddler
  3. Add the rum and lime juice.
  4. Fill the larger mixing tin with ice.Pour the contents from the smaller mixing tin into the larger tin.
  5. Shake vigorously until very cold, about 15 seconds.
  6. Allow all the ingredients to remain in the large tin. Fill a Highball glass with ice. Double strain: Place the Hawthorne strainer on the large tin, hold the fine strainer over the Highball glass, and then pour through both strainers.
  7. Top with the club soda. Stir gently to combine, two or three rotations. Garnish with a mint sprig.

quick tip

Don’t be aggressive when muddling the mint leaves, as it makes the herb bitter. Gently press on the leaves with a muddler to release the fragrant oils. The stems of the mint leaves can sometimes have a “woody” character; it’s best to avoid them if you can.


Mojito

If you make the classic Daiquiri, add some mint and club soda, and serve it over ice, you have the Mojito. The origins of this drink are generally traced back to Havana, Cuba, but it’s hard to know who invented it.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Highball glass (12-ounce, ideally)
  • Citrus juicer
  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Bar spoon
  • Shaker
  • Fine strainer
  • Hawthorne strainer

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 ounce Simple syrup
  • 2 ounce Silver rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Club soda
  • 10 Mint leaves

Instructions
 

  • Put the mint leaves in the smaller mixing tin. Using a muddler, gently press on the leaves to release the oils.
  • Add the simple syrup. Mix gently with the muddler
  • Add the rum and lime juice.
  • Fill the larger mixing tin with ice.Pour the contents from the smaller mixing tin into the larger tin.
  • Shake vigorously until very cold, about 15 seconds.
  • Allow all the ingredients to remain in the large tin. Fill a Highball glass with ice. Double strain: Place the Hawthorne strainer on the large tin, hold the fine strainer over the Highball glass, and then pour through both strainers.
  • Top with the club soda. Stir gently to combine, two or three rotations. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Notes

Don’t be aggressive when muddling the mint leaves, as it makes the herb bitter. Gently press on the leaves with a muddler to release the fragrant oils. The stems of the mint
leaves can sometimes have a “woody” character; it’s best to avoid them if you can.
Keyword Bar spoon, Citrus juicer, Mojito, Shaker, Silver Rum, simple syrup

Daiquiri

How To Make A Daiquiri


The Daiquiri is generally credited to Jennings Cox, an American engineer in Cuba during the Spanish American War. Cox may have created the cocktail to prevent yellow fever in his workers or when he ran out of gin during a party. While the frozen Daiquiri can be a delightful drink, the classic Daiquiri is served up, meaning the ingredients are chilled and served in a cocktail glass. Because this drink is made with just three ingredients, the trick here is to use high-quality products and the proper techniques to get the balance just right. This drink is a favorite of bartenders, as it allows them to show off their skills, and it’s delicious.


EQUIPMENT

Ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Pour the simple syrup, lime juice and rum into the shaker.
  2. Add ice. Shake until very cold, about 15 seconds.Strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

quick tip

By mastering this basic sour drink, you’ll have a solid jumping-off point for a myriad of other cocktails: the Margarita, the Mai Tai, and the Whiskey Sour. Add club soda to a sour cocktail and a whole new world of drinks emerges, such as the Mojito and the Tom Collins.



Daiquiri

Daiquiri

The Daiquiri is generally credited to Jennings Cox, an American engineer in Cuba during the Spanish American War. Cox may have created the cocktail to prevent yellow fever in his workers or when he ran out of gin during a party.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Coupe or martini glass (chilled)
  • Citrus juicer
  • Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Hawthorne strainer

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 ounce Silver Rum
  • Lime wheel

Instructions
 

  • Pour the simple syrup, lime juice and rum into the shaker.
  • Add ice. Shake until very cold, about 15 seconds.Strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Notes

By mastering this basic sour drink, you’ll have a solid jumping-off point for a myriad of other cocktails: the Margarita, the Mai Tai, and the Whiskey Sour. Add club soda to a sour cocktail and a whole new world of drinks emerges, such as the Mojito and the Tom Collins.
Keyword Lime Juice, rum, Shaker, Silver Rum, simple syrup