Mixology, Rum

Experimenting with Plantation Pineapple Rum

I recently bought my first rum from Plantation, the Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum. As I do not have any flavored rums, I thought it would be a good choice. I want to start creating my own drinks to share with everyone. While a more neutral spirit like vodka might be easier to start experimenting with, rum is just more fun.

Drink #1 Ingredients

1 oz Rum
1.5 oz POG juice
1 oz Pineapple juice
5 drops of Bittermens Tiki bitters
Ginger Ale to top

Combine all ingredients except the ginger ale into a shaker. Add ice and shake. Fill a glass partially with crushed ice. Strain into glass and top off with ginger ale.

Thoughts

It’s a sweet, fruity drink though you can notice the rum and there’s just a hint of the ginger ale. Without the ginger ale, I think the drink would feel heavier, almost syrupy. The bitters are completely undetectable in this. It definitely needs something sour to balance it out a little more. It was a good thing that I did not add any orgeat as I originally intended to.

Drink #2 Ingredients

1.5 oz Rum
1.5 oz POG juice
.5 oz Pineapple juice
.5 oz Lime juice
Spoonful of All-spice Dram
7-8 drops of Bittermens Tiki bitters
Ginger Ale to top

I upped the rum just because I felt like it. Added some lime juice to add a sour aspect to the drink. This is also the first time I’ve used All-spice dram, so I erred on the side of caution and kept it to a spoonful.

Thoughts

The first few sips was all spice and lime. After it ‘settled down’, the pog juice came through more. I would probably lower the lime juice down to a 1/4 oz, as I just need to make sure the drink isn’t overwhelmingly sweet. The rum is not as easy to notice compared to the first drink. This is a much more complex medley of flavors that work pretty well together. It also paired pretty well with the bratwurst I had for dinner.

Overall, I’m pleased with my first foray into creating my own drinks. As I’ve probably had more tiki drinks than any other kind, I feel more comfortable in playing with the flavor combinations typically found in those drinks. I hope to get more adventurous as I become more familiar with ingredients and how best to use them.

Let me know if you try either version of this drink! Would love your thoughts and suggestions.