Rum & Cocktail Week In Review 7/31/15

plantation-original-dark_NewBottle_Formula says French beverage company Cognac Ferrand has released the a new bottle/label redesign for their Plantation Dark Rum and announced that Identity Drinks Brand will now be handling UK distribution.

Plantation Original Dark Rum’s recipe and bottle have been altered to refresh the product and its presentation. The original blend included rums from Trinidad & Tobago. Original Dark now also includes rich, high ester, pot still Jamaican rum which Ferrand says makes it more suitable for cocktails.

“I have Plantation in my blood, quite literally, so I couldn’t be happier to be to be working with and the Ferrand products again.” – Nick Rodgers, founder of Identity Drinks Brands. suggests three rum punch recipes that take these cocktails to the next level. These recipes highlight the flavors of their respective rums and make good use of lime and Angostura bitters.

Planter’s Punch (Photo courtesy of

Planter’s Punch (By The Pitcher)

8 oz Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old
4 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz grenadine
8 dashes Angostura bitters

Over ice, combine all ingredients into a large cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a ice-filled pitcher. If you do not have a big shaker, you can divide the mix into two batches; or make it a frozen punch and run everything a blender. Serve with four glasses and garnish with lime wheels.

Front Porch Punch (Photo courtesy of

Front Porch Punch

8 oz Brugal Extra Dry Silver Rum
3 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz simple syrup
12 basil leaves

In a big cocktail shaker, muddle 12 thin slices of cucumber. Add ice plus ingredients. Again, if you don’t have a shaker big enough, do this in two batches. Shake and double-strain through your cocktail’s own strainer and a fine mesh strainer into an ice-filled pitcher. Serve with four glasses and garnish with lime wheels, basil and cucumber slices.

Thai Pirate Punch (Photo courtesy of

Thai Pirate Punch

8 oz Mount Gay Rum
2 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz fresh lemon juice
3 oz Demerara simple syrup
4 dashes Angostura bitters

Cut two three-inch stalks of lemongrass and slice them finely. Add to a big cocktail shaker along with four torn-up kaffir lime leaves, and muddle. Add ice plus ingredients to shaker. Shake and double-strain through your cocktail’s own strainer and a fine mesh strainer into an ice-filled pitcher. Serve with four glasses and garnish with lemongrass and Kaffir lime. says there’s a Rum Revolution going on in the Southeastern United States highlighting five great Southern rums:

Belonger’s Rum (Charleston, South Carolina)
Prichard’s Sweet Georgia Belle Peach Mango Rum (Kelso, Tennessee)
Railean Reserve XO Rum (San Leon, Texas)
Siesta Key Spiced Rum (Sarasota, Florida)
Silver Fox Premium Virginia Light Rum (Norfolk, Virginia)

Bacardi_NewLogo_Featured Bacardi has promoted Fabio Di Giammarco to the new role of global vice president for Bacardi rum mere weeks after Dmitry Ivanov stepped down as the group’s global CMO.

Jassil Villanueva Quintana, Brugal Rum Master introduces the world’s youngest rum master, Jassil Villanueva Quintana at Brugal (Dominican Republic). Jassil is a 5th generation rum producer was put in charge of Brugal’s was annual special family blend — Papa Andres.

Caribbean Rum Collection at Barbados International Airport reports on the opening of a new concept, duty-free store, “The Caribbean Rum Collection”, opening in Grantly Adams International Airport, Barbados. The store highlights a wide range of 80 different rums. Included is a variety of premium rum expressions from several island brands that are part of WIRSPA – the West Indian Rum and Spirit Producers Association.

BalconesTexasRum Balcones Texas Rum will soon be available in the United Kingdom.

Described as “round and full of flavour” Balcones Texas Rum is double distilled and bottled at 63.9% abv…Fruit flavours combined with viscous notes of vanilla and caramel are said to be present on the palate, designed to “excite both the rum purist and the committed whiskey drinker”.

Balcones new distillery site is scheduled to be fully operational by January 2016. (The Spirits Business)

Don Pancho and Carlos Esquivel. Photo courtesy of
After 35 years as the master blender for Cuba’s Havana Club, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez left Cuba for Panama. Don Pancho continued to make his “Cuban style” rum in Panamana for many years. He eventually met and became friends with one of Panama’s most distinguished spirits authorities, Carlos Esquivel. Working together they formed Proveedora Internacional de LIcores, S.A. (PILSA) Rums, a custom distiller whose efforts are behind some of the most important names in the category (Selvarey, Caña Brava, Ron de Jeremy). Carlos stopped by The Connected Table to talk about the two’s 20 year partnership, the production of rum, and the release of Don Pancho Originales rums, a rare reserve of rum dating back to Don Pancho’s first Panamanian rums produced while he still lived in Cuba. Listne to the entire interview here. (The Connected Table)

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