Friday, November 19, 2010

Kraken

Well let it never be said that i am a booze snob.
Kraken is the perfect case in point... An inexpensive, caramel colored, spiced rum that is yummy. That is right; i said yummy.


They provided the photo: 


Flavors of rich vanilla, caramel, coffee, chocolate and molasses with spices like allspice, clove, ginger and nutmeg. Big, well structured and sapid with a creamy mouth feel and long finish.

Looking for some long drinks with great names, such as: Kraken Coke . . . Kraken Up (Kraken & Lemon Lime Soda. This drink was my idea but the master piece of a name was created by Bob Lee) and a Perfect Storm (Kraken & Ginger Beer). Or how about a fun new spiced rum for some hot drinks to handle the cooler weather: Hot Apple Cider and Rum (Kraken Cider). . . Hot Buttered Rum (A Sweet, Hot, Greasy Kraken) . . . Rum & Coffee (Kraken Coffee) . . Rum & TEa (Kraken T)

This whole little blurb is 'blurbish' but really the stuff is simple, versatile and tasty. What could be wrong with that?

So enjoy the cool looking package, savor the tasty 'Spiced' Rum and see for yourself.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Jamaican Cockfight

Well my buddy Nick created a drink for forrest. . . and i am absolutely tickled to share it with all of you. Before i do, here is the thought process in Nick's own words:

"First, I wanted to use a bold, rich, mouthful of flavor rum...something I thought you would fancy, so I chose Jamaican Smith and Cross. I also wanted to utilize your name...naturally I thought forest or wood related. I have been to Jamaica and was intrigued by a geographic area called, Cockpit Country, which was a semi-pristine forest area. In particular, I liked the history of its British-instilled name and the proud people which came to inhabit the area, called Maroons (non-native African runaway slaves). Its geography is very rugged, shaped like a egg carton and resembled a cockpit, where cockfights usually occurred. It is a hot, difficult to traverse land and according to current guidebooks, quite dangerous as it goes..The area is also known as , "me no sen, you no come." (hence, Ginger was added for its effects). Second, I wanted to mix spirits, two rums in this case... I absolutely love Cockspur 12's  flavor and spiced up finish quite a bit and thought its name fit with the area I had in mind..so I used it. Third, I wanted a unique flavor mixer that was used in Jamaican cooking...that actually originated from India and was introduced around the same time as sugar cane ~1500s ...so Tamarind was added 
 
Jamaican Cockfight...dedicated to Forrest Cokely.
 
1 1/3 oz Smith & Cross Rum
2/3 oz Cockspur 12 Bajan Rum
1/2 oz (15ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz (15ml) simple syrup
1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate (heaping teaspoonful) I used Aeroplane brand
1/8 tsp ginger powder
2 dashes Angostura bitters
 
Shaken vigorously to chilled and tamarind goes into solution, serve in a martini glass dust surface with Jamaican Allspice & nutmeg 
 
Flowers provided courtesy of Flowers On 15th, Seattle, WA (www.flowerson15th.com)" Here is what it looks like when Nick makes it:
 
Now before I go to far i manipulated the recipe for my own purposes, here is the recipe i used:
 
Jamaican Cockfight
 
1 1/2 oz Smith & Cross Rum
3/4 oz Cockspur 12 Bajan Rum
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz Allspice Dram
1 tsp tamarind
2 Shakes ginger powder
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Fresh Grated Nutmeg
Shake vigorously, for a very long time double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Mine looks like this:
             
This is a delicious drink and i thank Nick for the dedication!