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Friday, April 11, 2014

Pinkies Up! - Cruzan Peach Rum Cocktails

I’m pretending that it’s summer already (although I do cherish spring with all the teasingly warm and suggestive inspiration that it brings)! Here I present a couple of summery cocktails to jump-start the season properly, featuring Cruzan Peach rum. The juicy peach flavor celebrates the spirit(s) of St. Croix and surely will raise yours as well. Cheers then and pinkies up!

Cruzan High Tai'd 
1 part Cruzan Peach rum
1 part Cruzan Estate Diamond dark rum
1/2 part DeKuyper triple sec liqueur
3/4 part fresh lime juice
3/4 part orgeat syrup

Method: Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into a double old fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Cruzan Peach Swing 
1 1/2 parts Cruzan Peach rum
1/2 part spiced honey syrup*
6 fresh basil leaves
Lime wedge

Method: Lightly muddle lime wedge, spiced honey syrup and basil leaves in a shaker. Add ice and Cruzan Peach rum. Shake lightly, pour into collins glass over ice and top with soda. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.

*Spiced Honey Syrup 
6 parts honey
6 parts hot water
1/2 tsp. cracked pepper
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Method: Combine 6 parts honey and 6 parts hot water. Add 1/2 tsp cracked pepper and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Stir and set aside. 

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