Ice Balls Made Easy & Rum Old Fashioned

Rum Old Fashioned 

Rum Old Fashioned 

While fascinated by the myriad of techniques constantly under development for creating perfectly clear ice cubes, I also understand that every drinker is not always interested in taking the often painstaking steps required for the perfect crystal ball of ice. However, that doesn't mean they aren't interested in bringing fun, whimsy, and elegance to their cocktail parties.  

The high-quality silicone ice ball molds from Tovoo make creating perfect ice spheres easy. What I like most about these are the fact they are stackable, and don't take up a ton of space in the freezer. The large sphere with greater surface area means that the ice will melt slower, leaving you to enjoy your drink longer without getting watered down. A personal favorite is the Rum Old Fashioned cocktail (picture above). 

1.5 oz Puerto Rican Rum

.5 oz Jamaican Rum

.5 oz simple syrup (to taste) 

Dash bitters (Angostura) 


How to make a Zombie Cocktail

Zombie Cocktail

I wasn't a big fan of tiki cocktails or rum in general until I met Blair Reynolds, founder of B.G. Reynolds syrups, and owner of Hale Pele tiki bar in Portland, OR. Before meeting Blair, "tiki" meant syrupy, artificially sweet mixed drinks with umbrellas. Blair quickly dispelled that notion with his commitment to naturally sourced ingredients and faithfully reproduced tiki cocktail recipes. He is a living encyclopedia of classic rum cocktails, categories of rum, rum history, and all things tiki. Reynolds is putting tiki cocktails back on the map in a big way, and making it easier for everyone to mix up their own tiki cocktails at home with his line of syrups. 

The Zombie, is a classic tiki cocktail from the early 1930's first-created by Donn "the Beachcomber" Beach. While the recipes for the cocktail vary, it typically has a blend of rums (dark, gold, 151-proof), lime juice (or other fruit juices), and "Don's Mix" (a blend of grapefruit juice and cinnamon). Reynolds has faithfully recreated Don's Mix in his line of Tiki cocktail syrups, along with a number of other cocktail syrups that are a must have for any serious tiki bar.  

For simple, yet delicious version of the Zombie cocktail try mixing up the following: 

1.5 oz Don's Mix

.75 oz Dark Rum

.5 oz 151 Proof Rum

.75 oz lime juice

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour unstrained into tall glass. Add more ice if needed.