3 Cocktails For National Punch Day!

What do you do when you have an awesome bottle of Cruzan's Aged Rum on National Punch Day?

Make. Magic. Happen.



(Feat. Cruzan's Aged Rum)

Why is National Punch Day such a glorious day? ALL OF THE REASONS. As we know, drinking is a social act–it's about the experience, company, warmth and connections. And one of the best ways to gather is with large serving beverages. This day is the perfect excuse for friend and family get-together, a game night, movie night, trivia night, poker night, or just flat out hang out night. Grab the people you love, make a punch for everyone and simply enjoy. 



Let's talk about an excellent mix of Summer and Fall, shall we? Here's a way to keep it tropical but still have some of those delightful toasty notes. This mango and macadamia nut combo is one for the books. With a sweet nutty finish and a splash of tangy deliciousness–you'll have a cheerful group for sure.

Let's concoct: (Serving Size 6-8)

  • 7.5 oz Cruzan Aged Rum
  • 5 oz Macadamia Nut Liqueur
  • 8 oz Mango Fresh Blends Juice
  • 3 oz Lime

*Juice/muddle lime (or use lime juice). Add all ingredients into a mixing glass and shake vigorously with ice. Strain over fresh cubed or cracked ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with mango on a skewer, if that tickles your fancy.



This is pure bliss in a glass, that's what this is. This punch is a mouthful of pomegranate and strawberry sweetness that'll have you swaying your evening away. With it's rich sunset color, you can't help but unwind with this fruity and bubbly punch. This cocktail is of comfort and escapism that'll have your whole crew cheers-ing. 

Let's concoct: (Serving Size 6-8)

  • 7.5 oz Cruzan Aged Rum
  • 6 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 8 Large Strawberries
  • Club Soda

*Add all ingredients into a mixing glass and shake vigorously with ice. Double-strain over into a coupe glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a strawberry slice and add in some strawberry bits, if you'd like.



As we all know, rum goes great with pineapple...it's like the love story that always has a happy ending. Here's a simple rum pineapple punch that has a little spin to it. With adding some Velvet Falernum to the mix, this cocktail gets a wonderful spice of clove, lime, and some hints of ginger and almond. A light and refreshing drink that leaves you smiling. 

Let's concoct: (Serving Size 8-10)

  • 8 oz Rum
  • 7 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 4 oz Velvet Falernum
  • Club Soda

*Add all ingredients into a mixing glass and shake vigorously with ice. Strain over fresh cubed or cracked ice into a rocks glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or a chunk on a skewer, if you're feeling crazy. 

Beautiful Babbling Idiot

Sometimes, you can't help but love them.


Beautiful Babbling Idiot.


All righty.

Fall is here now.

So let’s do this thang.

Let's get a little boozy. 

So, I was thinking about my contribution in Tales of a Cocktail's article "What Are We Drinking This Fall?"  I said in response to one of the questions, that 'a time of reflection' was what was inspiring me this fall. Well, I guess with this cocktail called "Beautiful Babbling Idiot" you can piece together somethings there. Maybe some of that title is wishful and some of it is unfortunately true. But you know, reflection might not always be that pretty, but that doesn't mean that it's not worth your time to revisit. And we can't change or shake embarrassment with the hope they'll go away. So what does this have to do with cocktails? Possibly everything. But we don't have time for everything. So I'll just give a little something else for the road. 

You know those times when you're at a brunch with your friends and as the mimosas start to flow, you're like, "I feel like I'm just drinking orange juice" and then before you know it, you find yourself trying to ask the waiter deeper questions than one probably would about their love life? (Just play along if this is far from you) I don't know if that necessarily makes this drink more appealing--the point is though, sometimes when drinks are fruity and delicious, we forget about the booze it contains. #dangerwillrobinson. It can be a slippery slop that usually ends with a "get as many mimosas as you can before bottomless ends" before realizing you've already had a couple pitchers worth. Truth be told, why I made a very boozy drink that's strongly fruit forward, was almost to discipline myself. Thinking about the times I've had one too many because of not being conscious of what I was consuming, why not have one that makes me so because I'm the one creating it? Sure. (Again, play a long) So. That all said in a little bit of an nonsensible rant, I present, yet again, "Beautiful Babbling Idiot." A cocktail full of booze and booze and love. Made with sweet fall sensations of red wine, blackberry, orange, all spice and apricot--you're in for a delightful afternoon. Just...you know, consume with caution before the title becomes you.

Let's concoct:

  • 2 oz Dry Red Wine

  • 1 oz Blackberry Brandy

  • 0.25 oz All Spice Dram

  • 0.5 oz Orange Liqueur

  • 0.5 oz Luxardo Apricot Liqueur

*Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a double-rocks glass with fresh cracked ice. Garnish with long orange peel rose..

Singapore Sling.

A personal favorite of Bar De Bex.

Singapore Sling.

Ah, I just love this one.

This is a classic drink that just makes me feel good inside. 

Originally created way back at the turn of the 20th century, at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore--the "Singapore Sling" still stays fresh in the hearts of many. I know to some, cocktails in the tropical category seem to only mean one thing: rum. Well. Think again! This juicy gin mixture full of fruity and herbal notes will send you sailing just the same. The Singapore Sling is one of many faces, though it has it's traditional ways of coming together, everywhere you go you're likely to get a new experience. But I mean...what is life, if not to get as many experiences as possible? Eh?

Let's concoct:

  • 1 oz Gin
  • .5 oz Cherry Heering (Cherry Liqueur)
  • .25 oz Cointreau (Orange Liqueur)
  • .25 oz Benedictine
  • .5 oz Lime
  • .25 oz Grenadine
  • 2 oz Pineapple
  • Bitters

*Add all ingredients, shake well with cubed ice. Fine strain into a highball glass with fresh crushed ice. Garnish with a cherry (or two if you're feeling adventurous) on a pick. (Usually in addition with a pineapple wedge, leaf or orange slice...but didn't have it at the time...my b)