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Web Extra: Rum Recipes

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Galveston Sunset (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)In our June 2015 issue, we tell the story of the Railean Rum Distillery in San Leon, a little town south of Houston, which manufactures the sugar-derived spirit in small batches—a concoction that’s perfect for sipping and mixing.

We took some classic cocktail recipes and gently stirred things up to reflect Texas culture. Each recipe makes one drink.

Galveston Sunset

This is similar to the one prepared at the Green Parrot Bar & Grill. Those who like Tequila Sunrises or Screwdrivers will recognize the elements. Enjoy!

  • 1 ½ oz. white rum
  • 5 oz. orange juice (fresh-squeezed, if possible)
  • 2 dashes grenadine syrup
  • lemon slice for garnish

In a tall glass filled with ice, pour in rum. Slowly add orange juice. Add grenadine down the side of the glass; it’s heavier than both the rum and the orange juice and will sink to the bottom, giving the drink a pretty look. Garnish with lemon. (Stir before drinking.) 

Frozen Blue Topaz

The official Texas state gemstone, the Blue Topaz, is found almost exclusively in Mason County, where you can hunt for the uncut stones at a place called the Seaquist Ranch. While you plan your trip, mix up a batch of these frosty blue concoctions, which resemble the familiar piña colada. Option: Skip the blender and serve ‘em on the rocks.

  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • ¾ oz. rum
  • ¾ oz. blue curaçao (you can also use orange curaçao and toss in a few blueberries for color)
  • 3/4-oz. cream of coconut
  • cherries for garnish

Add to blender with 1 cup ice. Pour into a tall glass and garnish. Watch the world sparkle.

The Yellow Rose

Legend has it that in April 1836, a woman named Emily Morgan so preoccupied Mexican General Santa Anna that he didn’t notice the advancing Texian army—and thus Morgan helped secure Texas independence. We created this intoxicating concoction in her honor.

  • 1 oz. light rum
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. orange curaçao (we like Paula’s Texas Orange, an orange liquor made in Austin)
  • ½ oz. amaretto
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • cherries and lime slices for garnish

Shake first 4 ingredients with ice, then strain into an old-fashioned glass half filled with ice. Top with dark rum, and garnish. Prepare to be diverted.

Windmill Wowee

Simple and effective. Just like the whirling workhorse that helped settle the west.

  • 2oz. dark rum
  • 3 oz. ginger beer
  • lime wedge for garnish 

Pour rum into a highball glass filled with ice, add ginger beer. Garnish. Turn gently into the breeze and enjoy.

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