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Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of Jamaican rum now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:
Randeen Thomas recommends Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, the first spirit created by the first female Master Blender in the world. It's a flexible rum that's great neat, on the rocks, or mixed!
Jordie Ho-Shue opts for Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, a renowned overproof rum produced in Kingston, Jamaica, that weighs in at 126 proof. It's not only a very popular spirit in its home country, but also the top-selling high-strength rum in the world. It's got a great complexity to it and will add a kick to your cocktails.
Ian Burrell suggests Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve, the first official premium rum to be released by the Jamaican estate. Notes of vanilla, citrus, raisins, ripe banana, mango, olives, and toffee come together for a nuanced rum that's great for sipping as well as mixing.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of Jamaican rum; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/2, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, shaker, bar spoon, mixing glass, citrus zester, and citrus reamer or juicer. Additionally, if your fridge doesn't have a crushed ice option and you can't get pebble ice at the store, you'll need to make your own and can use either a Lewis bag and wooden mallet or a Ziploc freezer bag and another blunt kitchen object, such as a pestle or rolling pin. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Rocks glass, double rocks glass, and large collins glass (14 oz)
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 6 pounds of ice (6 ice trays’ worth).
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