A Place to Taste


Mai Tai
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger spiced rum
½ (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger coconut-flavored rum
1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
3 fluid ounces pineapple juice
2 fluid ounces orange juice
1 cup ice cubes

In a cocktail mixer full of ice, combine the spiced rum, coconut rum, grenadine, pineapple juice and orange juice. Shake vigorously and strain into glass full of ice.

Long Island Iced Tea
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vodka
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger gin
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger rum
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger triple sec liqueur
1 teaspoon tequila
2 teaspoons orange juice
2 fluid ounces cola-flavored carbonated beverage
1 wedge lemon

In a cocktail mixer full of ice, combine vodka, gin, rum, triple sec and tequila. Add orange juice and cola. Shake vigorously until frothy. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice, and garnish with wedge of lemon.

Pina Colada
3 fluid ounces light rum
3 tablespoons cream of coconut
3 tablespoons crushed pineapple
2 cups ice

Combine rum, cream of coconut, pineapple, and ice in a blender. Puree on high speed until smooth. Pour into chilled Collins glass and serve with a straw.

½ teaspoon confectioners' sugar
½ lime, juiced
1 sprig fresh mint, crushed
½ cup crushed ice
2 fluid ounces white rum
4 fluid ounces carbonated water
1 sprig fresh mint, garnish

In a highball glass, stir together the confectioners' sugar and lime juice. Bruise the mint leaves and drop into glass. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour in rum. Pour in carbonated water to fill the glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Blue Hawaiian
1 fluid ounce light rum
1 fluid ounce blue Curacao liqueur
2 fluid ounces pineapple juice
1 fluid ounce cream of coconut
1 cup crushed ice
1 pineapple slice
1 maraschino cherry

Combine rum, blue Curacao, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and 1 cup crushed ice in blender. Puree on high speed until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glass.

Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

Spiked Carmel Apple Cider
8 cups apple cider
6 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon apple pie spice
1 ½ cups spiced rum
8 cinnamon sticks

Stir together apple cider and 4 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping in a 3 1/2- or 4-qt. slow cooker until smooth. Cover and cook on Low for 3 to 4 hours or on High for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Mix together sugar, salt, and apple pie spice in a small shallow bowl. Pour remaining 2 tablespoons caramel topping into a small saucer.

Dip the rims of 8 mugs or heatproof glasses into caramel topping, evenly coating the rim; then dip into spice mixture. Ladle hot cider into mugs. Add 1 1/2 fluid ounces (3 tablespoons) spiced rum to each mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Banana Daquiri
½ large banana, sliced
1 ½ fluid ounces light rum
1 fluid ounce fresh lime juice
½ fluid ounce triple sec
1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste
1 cup ice cubes

Combine banana, light rum, lime juice, triple sec, and sugar in a blender; puree until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend on highest setting until slushy, 15 to 20 seconds. Pour into a glass and serve.