When you’re craving tropical drinks, crashing waves and sunshine, head for the beach. If that isn’t feasible, just head to the liquor store and procure everything you need to recreate the sensation of an island paradise. You can do that with the Jamaican Breeze, an original recipe from bartender and brand ambassador Willy Shine.
The cocktail begins as many great tropical drinks begin: with rum. In this case, Shine chooses Appleton Estate Reserve, an eight-year-old Jamaican rum with aromas of fruit and oak and flavors of honey, vanilla, holiday spices and orange peel. He pairs the rum with pineapple juice, ginger, simple syrup and Angostura bitters—ingredients that, when combined, create the perfect mix of island refreshment. The ginger is muddled in the shaker to release a fresh kick of heat and gingery spice that complements the rich rum and sweet pineapple.
Shake everything up, take a sip, and you can practically feel the sea air on your face. You might not be on vacation (your home kitchen surroundings should tip you off to that fact), but with the Jamaican Breeze, you can at least drink like you are.
- 1 piece fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 1/2 ounces Appleton Estate Reserve rum
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Garnish: lime wheel
In a shaker, muddle the ginger.
Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice.
Shake until well-chilled, and double-strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with a lime wheel.