Spirit of the Week
Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum
With Mardi Gras nearly upon us, it seems only fitting to celebrate like we’re in the Big Easy!
In 1995, when Old New Orleans began, there were simply no domestic distillers making rum. While sugar cane is grown in the States, for some reason rum was an untapped market.
Utilizing only locally-sourced, Louisiana sugar cane, ONO makes a Crystal or unaged rum; an Amber rum, aged in ex-whiskey barrels; and a “Cajun Spice” Spiced Rum flavored with cayenne pepper, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger & cloves.
While we carry all three offerings, the Cajun Spice is certainly the most festive!
A play on the more ‘classic’ spiced rums like Captain Morgan or Sailor Jerry - it uses many of the same spices but the addition of cayenne kicks it up a notch.
Tasting Note: Bold and spice-laden, the nose shows notes that one might associate with Christmas or Tiki drinks. Notes of gingerbread, caramel, vanilla, and roasted apples show on the palate with a subtle hit of cayenne spice that comes through on the finish. Not overly spicy, the cayenne comes in with the heat of the alcohol and works to compliment the sweetness with savory kick.
Enjoy in a basic Rum n’ Coke or in something a bit fancier...
2oz Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum
1oz Orange Liqueur
1/3oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine ingredients. Shake with ice, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a piece of candied ginger.