Day one of the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is in the books, and as in recent years the surprises have been many. The international rums we told you about earlier this week have really stood out, but so too have the cocktails.
Indeed, as we’ve shown here, here, here, here, here, and here, the myriad of inventive drinks available for sampling at this the largest of North American rum events are as much worth the price of admission as anything else you might taste here.
One of my favorites from last year: Goldeneye.
The signature cocktail of Jamaica’s fantastic Blackwell Rum, Goldeneye embodies the two things we love most in a fine rum drink:
1. Great rum
2. VERY few ingredients
(keep it simple)
Two parts rum, four parts pineapple juice, and a little lime are all it takes to fashion this beauty. Combine all the ingredients in your shaker with ice and serve just so. (Over ice is nice too.) The flavor, sweetly refreshing with the lime dialing back the pineapple perfectly, will keep you wanting more and more.
At the same time, though, Goldeneye’s simplicity invites customization; the addition of one or two special touches of your own to make this cocktail uniquely ideal for you.
For me, that means floating a bit of Cruzan Blackstrap on top. The effect gives Goldeneye a bit of a shiner (Golden “black” eye?), while also punching up the robustness, which makes it even more perfect for me.