When the folks at Blue Chair Bay challenged me to create a Memorial Day drink using one of their rums, my first thought was that as much as I love rum and rum punches and daiquiris and mojitos, I wasn’t sure what I could contribute to the list of fruit-forward rum-based cocktails that are a staple of my summertime sipping.
Then I discovered that they made a Banana rum, which, for me, brought up a completely different flavor possibilities than the fruity fruity drinks that first came to mind. Challenge accepted. Keep reading for your chance to win a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum for yourself.
Although I grew up in Queens, New York, my parents are proud Southerners. Summertime takes me back to visiting relatives in North Carolina—sweet tea, barbecue and banana pudding. Now, my aunt Jo made the absolute best banana pudding I’ve ever had. And in my family, we don’t do little pie pans. Our banana pudding is made in big casserole pans, like the kind you’d use to make a lasagne. Even with that hefty amount, Aunt Jo’s banana pudding never lasted long. If you missed it, well, you missed it. My Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum recipe is an homage to my Aunt Jo and her signature dessert. The rum itself has a nice, subtle banana flavor, with some spice notes. I added an actual banana to bright the flavor up front. The Baileys adds the creamy texture and the Licor Cuarenta y Tres, a Spanish liqueur, brings the vanilla. If you’re grilling this Memorial Day, throw in some caramelized (grilled) banana for an added layer of flavor.
Liquid Banana Pudding
1 large banana, peeled and frozen
6 oz Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum
2.25 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
.75oz Licor Cuarenta y Tres
Crushed Nilla wafers, cinnamon, and a slice of fresh banana for garnish
Rim a coupe or cocktail glasses with crushed Nilla wafers. Pour Blue Chair Bay Rum, Bailey’s and Licor Cuarenta y Tres into a blender, add banana and top with ice. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into glasses, sprinkle cinnamon and garnish with slice of banana. Enjoy!
Win Your Very Own Bottle
To enter, hit me up in the comments and tell me your favorite rum memory in 150 words or less. Now, I know some rum memories might be a bit foggy, owing to the amount of rum consumed, but concentration and attention to detail earns rewards. So, tell me all about your favorite (PG-rated!) rum experience (great vacay? poolside drinks on your honeymoon? that time you entered and won a limbo contest?), along with your email address. Keep it clean—I can’t emphasize this enough.
Entrants must reside in the continental U.S. and be over 21 years of age. Contest ends on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.