This one can be savored neat as a sipping rum for after-dinner use
or for a beachside romance under balmy Caribbean skies. If you want
to incorporate it into a cocktail, I would suggest a wicked little
creation of my own called the Voodoo Doll. Mix 11¼2 ounces of
Brugal Añejo with 3¼4 ounce of dry white vermouth, a squeeze of
lime, and a splash of triple sec over crushed ice. Shake and strain
into a cocktail glass. Pins not included.
CRUZAN PINEAPPLE RUM ($12)
Cruzan comes from St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the
distillery is one of the island's main tourist attractions. St.
Croix has been under seven different flags since the time of
Columbus, but in spite of the shifting political scene Cruzan has
kept on making rum for more than 300 years. The distillery got on
the flavored-spirits bandwagon early with its fruit-enhanced rums.
At a relatively mild 55 proof, these make good mixers for cocktails
where you want the emphasis to be on the fruit, not the
A classic Caribbean cocktail is Planter's Punch. Place 2 ounces
Cruzan Pineapple Rum, 3 ounces orange juice, juice of half a lemon,
1 teaspoon sugar, and a dash of grenadine in a shaker. Shake well
and serve over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with an orange slice
and maraschino cherry and serve with straws. For variations, try
one of the other Cruzan flavored rums: banana, coconut, or
APPLETON ESTATE V/X ($17)
The enormous Appleton estate in Jamaica encompasses more than
11,000 acres of sugar cane as well as a sugar cane refinery and a
distillery. This property is believed to be part of a land grant
originally given to one Francis Dickinson for his participation in
the British capture of Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655. In 1916
the estate was purchased by the prominent Jamaican rum producers J.
Wray & Nephew, who continue to operate it today. Interestingly,
Appleton's master blender is a woman, Joy Spence, the first woman
in the industry to hold this position.