Are you ready for National Happy Hour Day tomorrow?
If you haven’t settled on your cocktail specials for Happy hour on its national day, we’ll be sipping on this fresh and fruity Tangerine Vanilla Daiquiri by Mezan Jamaican XO Rum. While it may not be your traditional fall cocktail, we’ve got a soft spot in our hearts for this tropical sipper.
The blend of fresh juiced tangerine, lime juice, and vanilla liqueur bring out the tropical notes in the rum. Mezan crafts a range of rums with the Jamaican XO being part of the permanent collection. The spirit starts as a blend of carefully selected rums from several Jamaica-based distilleries that are carefully mixed and re-casked. A combination of floral column distillate and pot still rums are used to have a balanced richness. Each unique batch spends time re-casked so that the flavors can melt together and improve the subtle flavors and structure of the spirit. The resulting rum has bold notes of banana and sweet warm spices that make it ideal in cocktails.
The Mezan collection is unique because it brings spirits crafted at a range of distilleries across the Caribbean to a wider audience. The brand’s Cellar Master carefully selects spirits that are fully unaltered: uncolored, unsweetened, and unchill filtered. These spirits are then blended and aged to create unique bottlings in limited runs. All of Mezan’s rum are aged in old bourbon casks, a specific choice as the older casks allow the spirit to mellow without imparting much additional flavor letting the true character of the rum shine through. The brand only has two permanent expressions, instead opting to release truly one-of-a-kind bottles.
Tangerine Vanilla Daiquiri
Recipe and Image by @gastronomcocktails
- 2 oz. Mezan Jamaican XO Rum
- 1/2 oz. Vanilla Liqueur
- 3/4 oz. Tangerine Juice
- 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake to combine. Strain into coupe.