Let’s talk about rum. I find rum, like tequila, is a beverage that can be misunderstood. Many of us had our first rum experience in college and it probably came from a plastic bottle. Understandably an experience like this one probably is not looked back upon fondly.(you’re telling me. I still can’t smell Doctor Pepper without thinking of Captain Morgan…) As we get older and “wiser” (aka graduate), most of us tend to put down the plastic bottle and move more towards wine, whiskey, gin, or just stick to beers (or hell just stop drinking at all but that is no fun). All thoughts of this Caribbean liquor are saved only for beach visits and daiquiris.
Now, I’m here to tell you that rum is not a beverage that must only be reserved for vacations. It can actually be quite good year round. You just have to find the right rum. I, thankfully, was introduced to my favorite rum, Pampero Anniversario, by my father in law some years ago. (They don’t call him Frank the Tank for nothin) It is a deliciously smooth dark rum that comes in a grenade shaped bottle covered by a leather pouch. This rum is perfect for mixing or drinking straight.
Recently I was trying to come up with a way to create a cocktail using Anniversario but was coming up short and only finding recipes for slushy vacation drinks. So I decided to just wing it and come up with something new (my apologies if this is not new to some of you, I just have never heard of it before). The recipe itself is pretty simple and takes it’s que from the Manhattan. I didn’t want to mask the flavor of my rum too much so the recipe includes Anniversario, fresh pineapple, and bitters. I was not really clever enough to come up with a fun name for this beverage so for today we will just call it a Pineapple Rum Smash. (If I were in charge on Thursdays this would clearly be called Pirate Punch.) I hope you enjoy!