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National Rum Day: Negroni x Admiral Rodney


The not-so-secret ingredient in your favorite tiki cocktails, rum is made from sugarcane juice, cane syrup or molasses that has been fermented, distilled, and frequently aged in oak barrels. While today it is produced around the world, the heart of rum’s production is found in the Caribbean, where it was first distilled from the sugar canes planted by European colonizers. Distinct styles evolved from the islands different production methods, which can be generally grouped into British, Spanish and French-style rum.

Rum has been intertwined with the Caribbean’s culture and heritage for nearly 400 years. The Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) Marque was developed to celebrate this history, and act as a symbol of authenticity, provenance and quality for rums within the West Indies Rum and Spirts Producers’ Association Inc. (WIRSPA) family. This marque on the bottle indicates the rum was distilled in one of 30 Caribbean distilleries that have guaranteed the origin and provenance of their rum. No additives are permitted to ACR rums, and the age indicated on the bottle must be the youngest of the blend in the bottle. As usage of the marque grows it will act as a visual symbol to help trade customers and consumers identify ACR brands as a distinct sector within the drinks industry.

Chairman’s Reserve Rum was the first rum in the US to bear the ACR marquee. Chairman’s rums are produced by St. Lucia Distillers, the only distillery on the island of St. Lucia, and the home base for Bounty and Admiral Rodney rums. St. Lucia Distillers has four different stills, which gives them the ability to make different rums with varying flavor profiles. These British-style rums capture the island’s dynamic and festive qualities, which stem from the island’s traditional and cultural roots.

The Admiral Rodney series of rare and matured rums are handcrafted using traditional methods with an unbreakable commitment to quality. All Admiral Rodney rums are distilled using the distillery’s 45-plate Coffey still, which was commissioned in 1984. Admiral Rodney rums are extracted from the bottom plates of the Coffey still as these distillates have the balance of flavors which enable a long maturation period to provide intensity and complexity. All of the rums are aged in old bourbon barrels.

Negroni x Admiral Rodney

1.5oz Admiral Rodney Princessa
.75oz Bordiga Aperitivo
.75oz Ransom Sweet Vermouth

Directions Stir, strain into coupe or over a large rock (which ever you prefer) express and garnish with an orange peel.

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