Thursday, August 9, 2012

Drink of The Day: The Don Q Bootsy Collins

We recently got our Rum Loving hands on some Don Q Cristal Rum and figured lets get to work instantly on testing this baby out. With National Rum Day, quickly approaching we have been promoting drinks that use rum all month and were really excited to try this brand out, as we have heard its mixability and smoothness is incomparable to any other brand on the market. That is a bold statement to make we know, but how many times have you made a mixed drink and all you taste is the overpowering flavor of one ingredient and not enjoyed your libation?

A five-column distillation process (done at an amazingly Clean & Green / energy efficient plant that we will get into further later) is used to create their amazingly smooth, flagship Rum that is aged from 1 – 3 years in American white oak barrels, resulting in an 80 proof Rum that is smoother than silk and refreshing in any and all classic cocktails you can pour up that call for Rum.
We can’t wait to really kick off the weekend with our newfound friend Don Q, to see what kind of adventures we can really get into and really report back to you on Monday.

Today we had to run with a recipe they provided us entitled The Don Q Bootsy Collins, fitting to say the least in our opinion.
Check out the recipe and more on their website:
            Don Q Premium Puerto Rican Rum

1 oz  Don Q Limon
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz  Don Q Cristal (premium Rum)
½ oz Cinnamon Syrup (recipe to follow)
½ oz Elderflower Liqueur
a dash of Club Soda
1 Lemon Peel, washed and cut into strips or peeled to create twists

For the Cinnamon Syrup, dissolve one part sugar and one part hot water, add 4 to 5 Cinnamon sticks and let it sit over night.
In a drink mixer, pour both Rums, Lemon Juice, Liqueur, Syrup and Ice, cover and shake until the mixer is ice cold to the touch.
Strain into a chilled, ice-filled Collins glass and top off with a dash of Club Soda.
Garnish with Lemon Peel & serve with a straw or Swizzle Stick.

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