St. George Spirits California Agricole Rum has quickly become one of my favorite spirits. Every time I see a bottle of it in a bar, I ask the bartender to use it in my drink(s). And now that I have three bottles of said rum to myself, I’ve also been using it a bit at home. The latest creation was this rum pineapple cocktail named Queen Califa (which I’ll explain in a bit).
I understand that not everyone will love the earthy, grassy notes of St. George Spirits California Agricole Rum, especially if they are used to molasses-based rum. But to me, it’s fabulous. I’ve tried it in a variety of cocktails from bitter to sweet (including the blood orange rum cocktail I shared awhile back) and have found them all to be enjoyable.
Anyway, for this rum pineapple cocktail I started with rum, pineapple and egg white. Instead of using fresh lime I went with Velvet Falernum which is rum liqueur made with lime juice, sugar, and almond and clove essence. I debated between using fresh jalapeno, 5 spice powder or St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram to add some spice/heat. Because I was grabbing bottles out of my liquor library already, I made the quick decision to grab the allspice dram and just roll with it.
The finished cocktail turned out to be well-balanced with each ingredient coming through without overpowering each other. The mint leaf garnish adds a bit of color to the top to help with presentation points.
As for the name of this rum pineapple cocktail, it comes from the book Las Sergas de Esplandián or The Adventures of Esplandián where Queen Califa ruled the island of California which was “populated only with female warriors who brandish gold weapons” (source). The state of California is said to be named after the island of California in the book. Since St. George Spirits produces in California and the rum is made from sugarcane grown in California, well it all just fit.
- 1-1/2 ounces St. George Spirits California Agricole Rum (or other sugarcane rum)
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- ½ ounce Velvet Falernum
- ¼ ounce St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
- 1 egg white
- Mint leaf for garnish
- Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker and shake without ice.
- Open the shaker, add the ice and shake again.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a mint leaf that has been slapped between the palms.
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