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Privateer Rum cocktails for National Rum Day 2014

Privateer Rum
Privateer Rum
Privateer Rum

August 16 is National Rum Day. Other than my birthday, which is August 23, National Rum Day is the finest day of the month. I am excited to be featuring Privateer Silver Reserve Rum, as we sail with the tide to celebrate this superb spirit.

Rum is a distilled. And made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses, by a process of fermentation and distillation. Then aged in oak barrels.

The relationship of rum with the British Royal Navy began in 1655 when the English fleet took over the island of Jamaica. With the availability of domestically produced rum, the British changed the daily ration of liquor given to seamen from French brandy to rum.

To help minimize the effect of the alcohol on his sailors, Admiral Edward Vernon directed that the rum ration be watered down before being issued, a mixture, which became known as grog.

Privateer Rum begins with its namesake, Andrew Cabot. Cabot was a merchant, rum distiller and one of the most successful American privateers. His fleet totaled more than twenty-five ships including the True American for which the Privateer amber rum is named.

Privateer Silver Reserve is made with pale amber grain juice crystals with notes of quince apple blossom and pear and real boiled brown sugar.

Paul Pacult, of the Spirits Journal, commented on the Silver Reserve in 2013:

“Clear as rainwater; superb, sediment-free clarity. Wow, this opening aroma is juicy, ripe and bakery shop sweet…; further time in glass allows for a beany aspect to emerge in spades, in particular cocoa bean and cocoa butter plus baked pineapple and clove. Entry is brazenly bittersweet and therefore keenly delicious, pod-like, and appropriate; midpalate highlights the deep brown sugar and molasses flavors that are simultaneously bakery shop spicy and fudge-like right through the focused, bittersweet, and lip-smacking aftertaste.”

We are making four cocktails with our Privateer Silver Reserve Rum, the classic Pina Colada, Hurricane, New Orleans Style and the Moonlight Drive and Negroni.

Pina Colada


  • 3 oz Privateer Silver Rum
  • 3 tblsp Coconut milk
  • 3 tblsp Pineapple, Crushed

Put all ingredients into a blender with 2 cups of crushed ice. Blend at a high speed for a short length of time. Strain into a collins glass and serve with a straw.

Hurricane, New Orleans Style


  • 1 oz Privateer Silver Rum
  • 1 oz Jamaican Rum
  • 1 oz Bacardi 151 proof rum
  • 3 oz Orange juice with pulp
  • 3 oz unsweetened Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • Crushed Ice

Combine all ingredients, mix well (shake or stir). Pour over crushed ice in Hurricane glass. Best enjoyed through small straw. Garnish with fruit wedge if desired.

Moonlight Drive


  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Privateer Silver Rum
  • 1 oz Sloe gin
  • 1 oz Malibu rum
  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • 2 oz Orange juice
  • 3 oz Pineapple juice

First apply a alcohol into cup. Then add juices. Shake,shake, rattle and roll. Then put into cup with ice. Add cherries and lemons.

Rum Negroni


  • 1 oz Privateer Silver Rum
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Stir over ice and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon zest.

Privateer Silver Rum is 40 percent alcohol by volume (80 Proof) and is available in 750 ml bottles.

I recommend the Privateer Rum for fans of the spirit. It is pleasant and smooth and tastes nice in a wide variety of cocktails. In fact, this strong mixability means that for me this Silver Rum is a better overall spirit than many rums I have sampled.

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