Cocktail O’Clock with Mainbrace Rum

The sun is shining and the sky is blue…summer is here. And what better way to spend a summer’s evening than relaxing, sipping exotic cocktails? A real indulgence, I never really have a cocktail unless I’m on holiday…but hey we all need a bit of a treat in these days of Corona. So why not try these fresh and fruity concoctions made using delicious Mainbrace Rum. It’s created from a unique blend of two styles of rum, from Martinique and Guayana, to produce a smooth premium golden rum. And it’s yum! Here are my ingredients ready to go.

Planters Punch

My version of this classic cocktail is fresh and fruity. I used a mix of pineapple and tropical juice.

60ml Mainbrace rum

20ml grenadine

60ml pineapple juice

60ml tropical fruit juice

Ice

Mix all the ingredients together, stir well and serve.

Pina colada

It’s a classic. Simple and quick to make and evoking thoughts of tropical isles.

60ml Mainbrace rum

120ml pineapple juice

60ml coconut cream

Ice

Pour everything into a blender and blend before serving.

Pineapple ginger

Inspired by one of my neighbours – this is Holly’s favourite cocktail

60ml Mainbrace rum

100ml pineapple juice

Juice of one lime

A splash of ginger ale

Ice

Mix all the ingredients together, stir and serve

Poncha Regional

Poncha is a traditional drink from the island of Madeira. This is a regional version – the recipe came from my friend Gail who lives there. I used about a teaspoon of lemon skin and about half a teaspoon of honey as I didn’t want it too sweet, but add as much as your taste buds desire.

Juice of 2 oranges

Juice of 1 lemon

Equal measure of Mainbrace rum to juice

A bit of lemon skin pounded with sugar till it’s smooth

Honey to taste

Blend, strain, serve!

And here’s the rum – I love the bottle, too. Of course you don’t have to make cocktails, the rum tastes fabulous on its own, neat or over ice. But it is a bit of fun to bring some of that holiday feeling home with a feast of cocktails.

Find out more about Mainbrace at mainbrace.com

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