I missed National Rum Day. I admit it. I was out on the road covering an event on August 16, and I didn't bring you the news of all things Rum.
To make it up to you, I went over to the folks at Zacapa Rum for a couple recipes you can use to travel back in time to the major holiday that is/was National Rum Day. So, behold the Mackenzie Zacapa Rum Negroni and Zacapa Rum Manhattan.
Mix, enjoy responsibly and repeat every National Rum Day.
Mackenzie Zacapa Rum Negroni
Ingredients: 1 ounce Zacapa Rum 23, 2/3 ounce Sweet Vermouth, 1/3 ounce Bitter Italian Aperitif, 1/3 ounce Semi-Bitter Italian Aperitif, Grapefruit Twist for Garnish.
Preparation: Combine Zacapa Rum 23, sweet vermouth, bitter Italian aperitif and semi-bitter Italian aperitif in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir well. Strain contents into a coupe glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist. Yield is 1 drink.
Zacapa Rum Manhattan
Ingredients: 1 ounce Zacapa Rum 23, 1/4 ounce Italian Sweet Vermouth, 1/4 ounce French Sweet Vermouth, 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters, Brandy-Infused Maraschino Cherries for Garnish.
Preparation: Combine Zacapa Rum 23, Italian sweet vermouth, French sweet vermouth and aromatic bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir well. Strain contents into a coupe glass. Garnish with brandy-infused maraschino cherries. Yield: 1 drink.
No drink contains more than 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol.