A Jersey Toast to National Rum Day

The end of August is nearing and for my family that means vacation at the Jersey shore.  We like to enjoy ourselves and now that our entire crew is 21 and over (some of us more than others) I wanted to add a few more cocktails to our traveling liquor cabinet.  Today being National Rum Day seemed an appropriate time to share my new and favourite oldies for the libation that inspires thoughts of island vacations, breezy summer boat trips and for those of us who frequent Sea Isle—nights at Shenanigan’s enjoying a 302.**

Anyone who’s watched HBO’s Boardwalk Empire knows the Garden State is no stranger to smuggling, but if you need a bit of background, the largest “Rum Row” during prohibition stretched down the New Jersey coast from the New York to Philadelphia areas.  Notorious rum runner Habana Joe could be seen at night making his deliveries to and from the Raritan Bay.  Nowadays he’s mostly seen on cocktail menus at local bars like Jersey Boys Grill in New Milford. Their version is included below along with directions for the Bikini Martini and Smugglin’ Peaches:

Habana Joe’s Rum Runner:

1 oz. Each of Meyer’s Rum, Brinley’s Coconut Rum, Cruzan Mango Rum, OJ, Pineapple Juice. Mix all together and top with Bacardi 151.

Bikini Martini:

  • 1 oz. Citrus Vodka
  • 1 oz. Malibu Rum
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Grenadine

Shake first three ingredients with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Sink the Grenadine to the bottom and garnish with a cherry.

Smugglin’ Peaches:

  • 1 oz. Rum
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 oz. Apple Juice
  • ¼ oz. Lemon Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

**Side note: That is “a” 302 for a reason.  The deceptively tasty frozen drink (strawberry daiquiri, Pina Colada, or the two twisted) includes two shots of 151 Rum.  Thus the name and your funeral should you overdo it!

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