National Rum Day

This coming 16th August is National Rum Day. [...]

This coming 16th August is National Rum Day. Here at House of Coco we recently found out about a rather exciting rum that we want to tell you all about.

Don Papa Rum is a premium aged small batch rum from the Philippines and we are so glad that it’s on our radar, because the flavour is simply another level.

The rum originates from the mystical island of Sugarlandia (known globally as Negros in the Philippines), where the finest sugarcane is grown on the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon. The sugarcane is milled to produce rich, sweet molasses, which is then used as the base for Don Papa Rum.

We have been sent some gorgeous looking cocktail inspirational pics, so we thought that you should know about these unique Don Papa Rum cocktails. You can make them at home this coming National Rum Day, or at anytime during the summer months and beyond. Here’s to a great National Rum Day!

Papa Pimms Cup

The classic English summer time refresher with a Philippine twist.

30ml Don Papa, 20ml Pimm’s, squeeze lemon, 2 cucumber ribbons, 2 strawberries, handful of mint, 2 lemon slices, 125ml ginger ale. Wine glass or tall glass, sliced strawberry, lemon wheel and mint sprig for garnish.

Muddle the strawberries mint and lemon, add to your choice of glass along with Don Papa, Pimm’s and cucumber ribbons, fill your glass with ice, top with ginger ale and garnish with sliced strawberry and mint sprig.

Manila Made

The flavours of Don Papa given a summer kick using a variation of Sam Ross from Attaboy in New York’s ‘Maid Cocktails’ recipe.

50ml Don Papa, 25ml lemon juice, 20ml honey syrup, 4 cucumber slices, handful of mint, 2 dashes Tabasco sauce. Rocks glass, cucumber ribbon, and mint sprig for garnish.

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker and muddle to release flavours. Add ice and shake hard for 15 seconds, double strain into ice filled rocks glass and garnish with cucumber ribbon and mint.

Papa Pearfection

45ml Don Papa, 25ml lemon juice, 20ml elderflower syrup, 45ml Asian pear (cored and juiced), rocks glass, and an Asian pear slice to garnish.

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake hard for 15 seconds. Double strain into ice filled rocks glass and garnish with the pear slice.

Don Papa Rum is priced at £32 (70cl bottle), available from Sainsbury’s

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