Stonington, Connecticut’s Real McCoy Spirits Corp., makers of The Real McCoy Rum, features its 3-, 5- and 12-year aged rums in two holiday cocktails. Crafted at Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar in Rhode Island and the Engine Room in Connecticut, the Bajan Snowfall and Lovey Dovey cocktails blend the unadulterated spirit with seasonal ingredients.
The Real McCoy’s 12-year aged rum complements the flavors of baking spices—nutmeg, vanilla, brown sugar and cinnamon—used in the Bajan Snowfall. “The [Bajan Snowfall] cocktail definitely tastes like a holiday in a glass: festive, a touch romantic and although served chilled, cozily warming,” said Lauren Egan, bartender at Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar in Providence, Rhode Island.
For his approach, Aaron Laipple, bartender at Engine Room in Mystic, Connecticut, blends both the 3-year and 5-year aged rums, both expressing bourbon wood notes, with an ingredient that is derived from the same place as The Real McCoy. “Just as rum has a rich history in Barbados, so does grapefruit. A hybrid of pomelo, citrus paradisi was first bred there around 1750,” stated Laipple. “To add a winter take on these two ingredients, a spicy simple syrup using brown sugar and cinnamon balances the tartness, spice, and bittersweet to make a Lovey Dovey.”
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