ARCHIE ROSE VIRGIN CANE DAIQUIRI

Whilst everyone here in the southern hemisphere rejoices that spring is finally amongst us, the northern hemisphere part of me once again recoils at the thought of the unstoppable sweatiness, the persistent blood sucking mozzies feeding off me and my pasty white skin turning nothing more than a deeper shade of red – can you tell I’m not a big fan of the summer?

The only saving grace the warmer weather has to offer me is the types of cocktails that appear. Fresh, zesty, fruity mixes that put a zing in my step are the ones I attract to …and that is exactly what I wanted to create for my next cocktail.

Lemon and lime daiquiri with a healthy slog of Archie Rose Virgin Cane Spirit. The first time I tried this spirit was at a house party and out of everyone, I was the only one who enjoyed it. Guaranteed, it is a spirit with plenty of “character” on the initial taste, but after a few more sips you can start to taste all the little additional features it holds – grassy, raw, citrusy.  The only way I can best describe it’s taste to none spirit drinkers is that is tastes like orange peel. Still not convincing you am I? Gah!

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Either way, it tastes bloody amazing in a daiquiri, so here is my recipe. Enjoy 😀

Ingredients

For the lemon lime syrup

  • 2 freshly squeezed lemons
  • 7 freshly squeezed limes
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup cold water

For the cocktail

Instructions

For the lemon and lime syrup, add the cup of sugar to your saucepan. Squeeze in your limes and lemons. Add all of your juice into the saucepan, along with your cup of cold water. Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer until your mixture takes on a syrup like consistency. After about 10-15 minute, remove the syrup from heat and allow to cool.

If you find this too tart, add more sugar and reduce the lemon. Personal preference is key. Or, if you have a pre mixed lemon and lime soft drink, why not juts throw that in! Saves a lot of time and effort.

Add the lemon/lime syrup, sugar, rum, and ice into your cocktail shaker and shake what yo mama gave ya’ for about 10 seconds, and then pour into a glass.

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WATERMELON RUM FIZZ

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If you need a cocktail that is refreshing and tasty, then look no further. My Watermelon Rum Fizz will hit that thirst right on it’s head!

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Beenleigh White
  • 100 ml Watermelon juice
  • Sparkling water to top
  • The juice of 2 limes
  • 90 ml simple sugar syrup

Garnish

  • Lime Rim (equal amounts salt and sugar combined with some fresh grated lime)
  • Lime slice
  • Watermelon Slices

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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place watermelon into a blender or juicer and pulse until smooth.
  2. Add your simple syrup to your shaker, along with you rum and lime. Give it a good ol’ shake.
  3. Strain blended watermelon into your already garnished glass.
  4. Add shaker concoction and stir.
  5. Top with sparkling water, a squeeze of lime juice, and ice.
  6. Enjoy!

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SPICED PINEAPPLE DAIQUIRI

Daiquiri’s are one of my many guilty pleasures. The beauty of this cocktail is that it takes just three ingredients to make this bad boy: rum, lime and sugar. But seeing as this is Kara’s Rum Quest, I gotta’ add a little somethin’ somethin’ to make it go POW!

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Queue, the pineapple! Pineapples are amazing at the moment. So fragrant, so sweet and sooooo juicy – a perfect addition to any cocktail.

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White rum is usually used when it comes to making a classic daiquiri, but for my daiquiri I chose to use a golden rum from Fiji called, Bati Spiced. Distilled through coconut shells, this lightly spiced rum has warm, spicy, vanilla overtones which I pictured going beautifully in a pineapple daiquiri.

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Ingredients (serves one)

  • 60 ml of Bati Spiced Rum
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 30 ml pineapple juice
  • 15 ml ounce of brown sugar syrup
  • 1 cup of ice

Instructions

  • Add the rum, the lime juice, pineapple juice, sugar syrup, and ice into your shaker
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
  • Strain into serving glass

Enjoy 🍍

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KARA’S APPLE SPICED RUM SOUR

I have been very slack in the blog department lately. In all honesty, I have not had much of a desire to rustle up a cocktail due to being bogged down with work and study… that is, until last night! I had a hankering, a desire, a burning urge deep down inside of me to get my camera ready, set up my lighting equipment and to make an absolute mess of the kitchen possibly the best cocktail ever (without messing up the kitchen)! So that’s what I did.

The cocktail I decided to make is a variation on Whisky Sour… but with rum. Enjoy:

KARA’S APPLE SPICED RUM SOUR

Serves one

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For the sugar syrup, I put 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of water into a jug and shook it up for 3 minutes. I then let it sit for 30 seconds and then gave it a good shaking again. Pop your sugar syrup, spiced rum, lemon, ice and angostura bitters into the large side of the shaker.

Now for the part that a lot of people do not enjoy, the egg white. Not all recipes call for egg white, but because we’re the adventurous type, I decided to keep it – I just love how creamy it makes drinks. Pop your egg white into the smaller side of the shaker until we are  ready to mix. Please remember, dairy or egg whites should always be kept separate from your citrus until the moment you are ready to mix.

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Now you are ready to combine all of your ingredients and shake what yo’ momma gave ya! Once you have shaken for at least 30 seconds, crank that shaker open, pour that frothy, deliciously creamy cocktail into your desired glass, top with some apple cider and get drankin’.

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I hope you enjoy my delicious take on a classic whisky sour. If you have any cocktails you think I should make, leave me a comment below. Until next time fellow rum lovers x

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MULLED SPICED RUM

A few weeks ago, I went to a wonderful Christmas in July dinner party on Scotland Island. My offerings, Sailor Jerry glazed pigs in blankets and Mulled Rum made with Kraken Dark Spiced Rum – of course they were!

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Christmas in July is for all us northern hemisphere dwellers who have set up camp in the southern hemisphere. We ultimately recreate Christmas with our friends and no family… which ultimately makes it a little better than an actual December Christmas. No? Either way, we get two Christmases, and that’s awesome!

Any who, I based my Mulled Rum on Kraken’s amazing Squid Bite cocktail – with a few little cheeky extras.

All you’ll need:

  • Two cups Kraken Dark Spiced Rum
  • Three cups of Bundaberg apple cider
  • Orange slices
  • Three Star anise husks
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon sugar for the glass rim

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And here is the best part, all you need to do is throw all of the above into a pot, bring to boil and serve up to your guests.

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Whilst your mulled rum is get all yummy and warm, run an orange slice around rim of your glass and then dip the rim of your glass into the most amazing ingredient ever, cinnamon sugar.

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Once your mulled rum is all warm, pour that bad boy into your cinnamon sugar rimmed glass and enjoy possibly the best mulled rum ever! 😉

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SYDNEY’S VIKING BAR, MJØLNER

I love themes; themed parties, themed dinners and above all, themed bars! So you can probably imagine how excited I got when I came across an article showcasing a new Viking themed bar in Sydney! Now, not only is this Viking bar called Mjølner – you know, old mates hammer, it is also a carvery, a whisky bar and most importantly, right down the road from me. Seriously guys, I almost lost my shit! I grabbed a team of meat eaters, booked in a table and counted down the days to which we would drink all of the mead and feast on all of their beasts, before heading off to war at sun break… or just home to sleep.

Now, of course I was initially a little hesitant about the whole thing. You see, there’s always some new themed bar popping up around Sydney; some that run the distance and those that don’t. But the more I looked into Mjølner and saw the posse they were rolling with – the Speak Easy Group (Eau de Vie Sydney, Eau de Vie Melbourne, The Roosevelt), the more my mind was put at ease.

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The day had arrived and boy was I excited! We entered through a heavy wooden door, wondered down the stairwell and greeted by a shit load of people fighting to get a drink at the bar! Okay, maybe not fighting, but huddled … intensely! The bartenders were working a million miles a minute and people just seemed to keep piling on top of those already waiting – how very vikingesque!

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I must admit, usually I am not a fan of the usual hustle and bustle you get at some bars. It’s pretty intense and not exactly the most pleasant of experiences having someone elbow you in your tit whilst you wait to grab a much needed beverage. On this occasion, I kinda’ loved it – well not the elbow in the tit malarkey but the hustle and bustle… I thought added to the atmosphere!

As I slowly moved my way closer to the bar, I took a second to have a look around at the decor and was pleasantly surprised. There was no tack in site! Just robust wooden tables, beautifully lit display cabinets presenting soon to be carved meats and just the right amount of Viking themed paraphernalia. I liked it alot. An open wood fire would have topped it off for me, but I can’t have it all now, can I?

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So, the real reason I am here: TO DRINK … oh and eat. My review is not going to spend too much time on the food (which was tasty as fuck and the theater that goes along with it is… hilarious) but on the drink situation they’ve got going on. As I mentioned above, the bar was hectic, but we persevered and managed to have a peak at the extensive bar menu and choose our poison.

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There was plenty to chose from, but the star of the show for me would have to be the Kon Tiki: Havana Club 3yo rum, Vida mescal, soured apple juice, salt water & samphire orgeat.

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This cocktail is based on the classic mai tai but with a Nordic twist. I loved this cocktail; it was so different to any rum cocktail I’ve ever had before which is always super exciting for me! Fresh, dangerously potent and deliciously smoky, it was an overload for my senses – which could be a bad thing for some people, but for me, a run ride!

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The bar itself has an incredible selection of poison from beautiful wines, a wide variety of whisky and my love in liquid form, rum! I would highly recommend heading to Mjølner and attempt to drink your favourite tipple from a horn whilst cutting into your steak with a horn-handled hunting knife!

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     Mjølner
     267 Cleveland St,
     Redfern NSW 2016
     0422 263 226

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DRINKS WITH… NIKITA WARD

I’ve met some really interesting folk so far on my little rum quest. Whenever I get a positive response to my meeting request, I’m always super grateful. In saying that, not a day goes by where I don’t worry about getting a “fuck off you weirdo” response to my invites – which I’m happy to say I have not received… yet!

Anyway, when I sent my request to the lovely Nikita Ward, I did not realise that gin was her thang – what, not EVERYONE’S life revolves around rum like mine? Fear not, I don’t discriminate!

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PS40 is where we agreed to meet; an amazing little cocktail bar that I’ve been keen to check out for a while. I arrived a little earlier than expected (which sadly meant I interrupted Nikita eating her dinner) but Nikita didn’t seem to mind in the slightest. In fact, she greeted me like I had known her for years, grabbed me a stool up next to her, fixed me a drink (an amazing rum and coke made with Plantation OFTD Rum and their amazing, in-house produced wattle cola) and we got crackalacking!

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I am always so curious how most people start off in this industry. It varies from person to person and Nikita is no exception.

My first degree was in fine arts and my second degree was in secondary education, so after a brief stint bar tending during uni, I went on to be a teacher! I taught art and dark room photography in Kalamunda High School but then realised you can’t drink and teach at the same time… and plus kids are really fucking mean! So, I moved to Sydney and right back to hospitality!

It’s at that point; I knew this was going to be a bloody fun interview…

After I finished my degree I got a job at a restaurant/ bar. I remember watching the guys behind the bar making up drinks and I thought that looks really fucking cool! You don’t have to touch food, you don’t have to walk around as much as the waitresses and you get to hang out in the bar! I used to badger them every day. Every time they made up a drink I was right there, wanting to know everything that was going in to it. The boys would also let me come in and muck around when it was quiet, which was great. I loved it, wanted to do it full time… so I did!

There’s always one point in your life you can look back at and go, “yeah, I really got my shit together there”. For Nikita, there were two:

Hazy Rose and The Rook played a huge part in helping me get my shit together. During this time, I took part in World Class and was introduced to a lot of people that work in the industry here in Sydney. I then moved on to an ambassador role with William Grant & Sonsat this point, Nikita shows me her Sailor Jerry tattoos on her elbows and I honestly died… in a good way – and then I went on to help open Jangling Jacks as a bar consultant, now I work as a brand ambassador for The West Winds Gin! Phew!

Like that point, there is always a certain person who (whether they know it or not) turns into your mentor.

 My dear friend, Mitch Bushell really inspired me in this industry. Seeing him as a bartender and seeing him, as a brand ambassador is actually pretty amazing. He is just so professional and has such enthusiasm for this industry. It’s hard not to be in awe of him. He always goes that extra mile and has such an incredible work ethic that has influenced how I go about my work. I am incredibly grateful to have him in my life!

Nikita’s middle name is Chardonnay; she adores wine and is a brand ambassador for The West Winds Gin … but what about the rum?

 Like most bartenders, a daiquiri was the first cocktail I ever learnt to make and after that, at Hula Bula Bar in Perth is where I learnt the rest about rum. I worked there for a good two and half years and together we would smash out nearly 5000 cocktails every month. Also, here is where I also had my most interesting rum experience, one of the boys was mucking around with something called Gunpowder rum…it definitely …interesting to say the least….

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 We wrapped up the interview and I thanked Nikita relentlessly for her time, (and apologised profusely for cutting into her dinner) but before I left we decided to make a gin/rum cocktail – Come on, it was pretty inevitable that this would happen!

I must admit, I was a little nervous. Gin has never agreed with me but I was intrigued. The lovely James Snelgrove, who you will see shooting the breeze behind the PS40 bar, made us a very yummy rendition of a Suffering Bastard. It was honestly gorgeous! So, for your taste buds pleasure, I noted the recipe for you all the try at home.

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All hail, The Suffering Bastard

  •  Plantation 3 star white rum
  • The West Winds Gin- The Cutlass (which is made with lots of Australian elements, including cinnamon myrtle, lemon myrtle and Australian bush tomato)
  • Lime cordial or fresh lime and sugar
  • PS Blackstrap Ginger Soda
  • Angostura bitters

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 More information at www.thewestwindsgin.com

You can buy The West Winds Gin at all good alcohol retailers such as Dan Murphy’s, Vintage Cellars, Camperdown Cellars etc.

TheWestWindsGins

     PS40
     2/40 King St, 
     Sydney NSW 2000

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BAHAMA QUEEN!

One name you all need to know, Gertrude Lythgoe!

Also known as the Bahama Queen or the Queen of Rum Row. She is literally my all time favourite lady in history.

This beauty was the only woman to hold a wholesale liquor license in Nassau, Bahamas during the prohibition era (1920-1933).

She used her charm and business savvy to send shipload after shipload of the finest rum and whiskey to America while never breaking a single law.

“Impeccably dressed, and always carrying a gun, Gertrude remained ever a lady. She carried many monikers, but for four years she reigned supreme as “The Bahama Queen.”

Whatta’ woman!
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MY FIRST EVER VLOG | SAILOR JERRY RUM REVIEW

Who’s ready for my first ever VLOG?!?!?

Today I’m giving you the low down on my favourite go to rum… Sailor Frickin’ Jerry!

In this video I’ll take you through the first time I tried Sailor Jerry, what I like about it and ALOT of waffling!

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KARA’S SPICED APPLE RUMBLE

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My favourite rum combo ever is fresh green apple and spiced rum. Sadly, it is not a combo that many bars offer and when they do, it doesn’t really keep very well when made- it turns into a brown slush if you don’t drink it fast enough.

This power couple are so good together it’s borderline ridiculous. The crisp tart green apple mixed with the spiced rum is a force not to be messed with. Top that with a little nutmeg and cinnamon and, well, let’s just say, every other drink may as well go home as there is no way they can complete.

On this occasion, due to my lack of a fruit blender, I have had to use fresh organic apple juice and a touch of Ginger Ale to complete this cocktail. And I got to say, it was the bees knees. So I thought I would share my recipe with you guys.

I hope you enjoy it:

Kara’s Spiced Apple Rumble

  • 100ml Bacardi Ocho 8 Year Old Rum
  • 200ml Organic Apple Juice
  • 20ml Ginger Ale
  • Grating of Cinnamon stick
  • Grating of Nutmeg

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Pour 100ml Bacardi Ocho 8 Year Old Rum into a highball glass. Follow that with 200ml Organic Apple Juice in to the glass and top with ice. Add 20ml Ginger Ale and add some crushed up ice to the mix. Grate some cinnamon and nutmeg on top and dive in.

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This is a super refreshing cocktail which is perfect for a summers day. You will find it not overly sweet but has a lovely tang to it. The spiced rum adds an apple crumble finish which I adore! As we are using apple juice in this cocktail, there is thankfully no risk of this cocktail turning into a brown slushy you would get if you used fresh apple.

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