Friday, June 17, 2011

Appleton Estate Reserve Review...

Father's Day Gift Idea #12

About Appleton Estate Reserve:
"Luxurious and sophisticated. A superbly balanced blend of 20 Estate-produced rums personally selected by our Master Blender, distilled in specially designed copper pot stills and aged in handcrafted oak barrels. Appleton Estate Reserve is a full-bodied rum, perfect on the rocks or enhancing your favorite cocktail."
Shake Down Highball
◦2oz Appleton Estate Reserve
◦0.50 Lemon juice
◦0.75 Ginger agave nectar
◦Muddled fresh berries
◦Top with soda
◦Garnish: 2 raspberries & 1 blackberry on a pick
◦Ice: Kold Draft or cubed ice


Add 2 raspberries and 2 blackberries into your shaker and muddle. Add the rest of the ingredients by order of the recipe. Add four Kold Draft cubes and shake. Strain ingredients over fresh ice into your highball glass and top soda and stir. Garnish with 2 raspberries & 1 blackberry on a pick.

Privateer Old Fashioned
◦2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve
◦0.25 oz Maple syrup (grade A or B)
◦0.50 Bar spoon all spice dram
◦Garnish: Long orange peel & lemon peel
◦Ice: 2”x 2” large format cube

Double Old Fashioned

Add all ingredients into a dbl old-fashioned glass by order of the ingredients. Gently add the cube and trim if necessary. Stir in the glass 20 times and garnish with the oil of lemon and orange. Place the long peels around the cube and cross them as the stick out of the glass.

Reserve Mojito
◦1.5 oz. Appleton Estate Reserve
◦0.75 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice or Muddle a Half a Lime
◦1.0 oz. Simple Syrup (1-1 Sugar to Water)
◦8-10 Mint Leaves
◦Top with Soda Water
◦Garnish: 2 Mint Sprigs

Highball, 10-12 oz.

Add lime juice to your highball glass, add mint leaves and muddle slightly to open veins, release aromas and to infuse. Add simple syrup, Appleton Estate Reserve and ice. Top with soda. Fold all ingredients together with bar spoon to insure a balanced cocktail. Garnish with two mint sprigs tightly together without stems and placed gently in the cocktail.

What we thought:  This was a really yummy rum.  We served it at a small get together and it was a hit!  The ladies preferred the mixed drinks...the mojitos and the fruity drinks were refreshing and tasty; perfect for summer:)  The guys said it was smooth enough to drink straight with just a little ice.  It was also fantastic in a classic Cuba Libre:)  If you have a liquor connoisseur Dad, this could make a really classy Father's Day gift.  ABCD Diaries gives Appleton Estate Reserve an A+!

Buy It: Find this yummy rum at your local spirits store!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a bottle of Appleton Estate for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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