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#CocktailHour: Captain's Vacation


Since winter is a time when many people wish to take their vacation and escape to warmer climes, it's only fitting that I let my taste buds escape by tipping and sipping this week's cocktail... The Captain's Vacation...

This is a nice and simple drink to make.  Pineapple juice, spiced rum, and Sprite or 7-Up.  Instead of your standard spiced rum, I used The Kraken's Black Roast rum.  This rum has a nice roasted coffee smell to it, and a great coffee taste as well.  It is, however a bit thicker than most rums- almost like a syrup.

I found that the coffee flavored rum gave this drink a nice roasted under taste that smoothed out and balanced the rather sweet taste of the pineapple juice.  Which is a good thing since I'm not a fan of sweet drinks.  It also went well with the gentle lemon/lime flavor of the Sprite as well.

I liked that none of the three ingredients was dominant.  Rather they kinda took turns with each sip.  Sometimes the rum was a bit more up front, other times it was the pineapple, or the Sprite.  I found it a pleasant experience- especially if you're relaxing after work to some music.

The Captain's Vacation isn't a bar, pub, or even a large party drink.  It's more a drink you have at home during the summer while having a BBQ with friends.  It's a quiet drink for a quiet bit of relaxation- possibly with a good book and your favorite Hawaiian shirt.  I will probably be making this drink again to tip and sip during my next midnight BBQ session.  A "Good".


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