Getting the measure of... Jamaica Cove Black Pineapple Rum

Any home-mixologist-slash-amateur-booze-collector will tell you that they keep a running list in their heads of 'Must Have' items to add to their home bar. Some much more realistic than others, obviously.

Of course, there' nothing to stop anyone from buying their most wanted bottles, but this is an expensive hobby and, inevitably, more items get added to the list in their head than come off it. And this is why, for the longest time, I have been desperate to get my hands on some pineapple rum.

And now I have some, thanks to the kind folk at Jamaica Cove, for whom I reviewed their Black Ginger Rum not so long ago. Jamaica Cove's Black Pineapple Rum is everything I hoped for and more - it's a silky smooth, strong flavoured rum with a huge tropical kick. The pineapple flavour is really full-bodied, without any hint of unnecessary sweetness or artificiality.

And so, obviously, I was inspired to make a few drinks...

Frond Zone

6-8 Basil Leaves
1.5oz Jamaica Cove Black Pineapple Rum
3/4oz Lime Juice
1/2oz Strawberry Liqueur
1/2oz Demerara Syrup

Method: Muddle the basil and then add the other ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a tiki mug, and garnish with pineapple fronds, basil and more pineapple.
This is what happens when you really want pineapple rum and finally get some, unleashing all of the pineapple excitement into one drink. It's a tropical pineapple drink served in a pineapple tiki mug and garnished with pineapple fronds and pineapple pieces on a pineapple swizzle stick. Too much?


2oz Jamaica Cove Black Pineapple Rum
1/4oz Mezcal
3/4oz Lime Juice
3/4oz Raspberry Syrup

Method: Stir all ingredients with ice and then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with pegged fronds.
Whenever I get any spirit, no matter how fun, I always like the idea of creating something a little strong and boozy with it. The Mezcal gives all of this a smokey flavour that makes it a little more mature than my... er... pineapple-inceptioned drink above.

Tropic Thunder

1oz Jamaica Cove Black Pineapple Rum
1oz Coconut Rum
1oz Fig Liqueur
1tsp Honey Syrup
1 dash Xocalatl Mole Bitters

Method: Stir all ingredients with ice and strain over a large ice cube..
A long time ago, I was waiting in line at the cafe at my work and up flashed an advert for a breakfast snack, which was a pot of pineapple, coconut and fig, and I've always thought that was an interesting mix of flavours. Having had this combo at the back of my head for a while, it made sense to try to work it into a drink as soon as I got Jamaica Cove's Pineapple Rum. I initially planned this as a type of old fashioned, but after playing around with the measurements, I landed on this recipe.
As always, you can visit the Jamaica Cove website for more info on the brand and for other signature serves.

Tags: Jamaica Cove Black Pineapple Rum, Spiced Rum, Rum, Jamaica Cove

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