This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Don Q rum. All opinions are 100% mine.
Summer is a long ways away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend, right? Put on your Bermuda shorts, dig out that tropical shirt, and make yourself a grapefruit rosemary mojito. Sit back and dream of tropical breezes, and white sandy beaches.
The rosemary accent gives this drink a beautifully subtle herbal flavor. Today I am using Don Q Gran Añejo, which is an aged Puerto Rican rum. Even though this is a rum that is perfect for sipping, it goes great with a citrus fruit. For today’s recipe, the inspiration came from Blaine Ballard, the bartender par excellence of a local establishment: The Skunk and Goat Tavern. Actually the bar is part of a phenomenal local restaurant, called The Cork, where my son works.
My husband, mother in law, and I had dinner there the other night. While we were waiting for the bill my husband announced “I am going to go talk to Blaine.” We knew what the conversation would be about. A while later, my husband arrived at the table with a great suggestion from Blaine who was very excited about our bottle of Don Q Gran Añejo.
By the way Blaine is a walking encyclopedia on wines and spirits. He holds tastings where he talks about the history, the distillation process, nuances, pairings, etc. We’ve been to a couple of those.
The grapefruit rosemary mojito is refreshing, and the balance of flavors is amazing.
Blaine suggested grapefruit juice, and my husband suggested the rosemary accent. Both men agreed that this would make a dynamite cocktail, and it did. The citrus cuts the sweetness of the rum, while the rosemary adds a delicate herbal touch.
Don Q Gran Añejo is perfect for sipping, neat or on the rocks. It’s taste is smooth, with hints of vanilla, dark molasses, caramel, and honey. It’s complex, and truly delightful. There is also a depth of flavor that comes from the aging process, first in American white oak barrels, and then in Spanish sherry casks. The history of Don Q is one that goes back 150 years, six generations. Its founder Don Juan Serrallés produced the first rum in a copper pot he imported from France.
Make this grapefruit rosemary mojito for your next holiday party. Now I have another classic cocktail recipe to share with you that you will love! If you like Old Fashioned’s try this Don Q Gran Añejo Old Fashioned. By the way, if you have a couple of minutes share your favorite cocktail recipe with me. I would love to hear about them.
Grapefruit Rosemary Mojito
A refreshing cocktail made with Don Q Añejo Rum, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, and a hint of rosemary and simple syrup.
- 1 oz grapefruit juice fresh squeezed
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 12 leaves rosemary fresh
- 2 oz Don Q Gran Añejo Rum
In a cocktail shaker place grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and rosemary leaves. Muddle to release the flavor of the rosemary. Add ice cubes to the shaker, and then pour on the rum.
Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Pour into a cocktail glass with ice. Garnish with grapefruit zest.