Rum-Tinis: Two Unusual Takes on the Classic Cocktail

27 Jan

I am a wine drinker rather than a cocktail imbiber…whether it is that I am too lazy to be mucking about with mixers and garnishes (have I told you how fond I am of screwtops?) or too wise after years of silliness to mess with the high alcohol content of hard liquor is a matter you can decide for yourself.

Rum-Tini - the Caribbean martini alternative

Rum-Tini – the Caribbean martini alternative

But the cold weather somehow put me in the mood for a proper cocktail and I had brought some good white rum at the Duty-Free on my way home from Puerto Rico. I did come across some unusual cocktails and drinks (Click here for an article that includes an unbelievable cocktail called Toblerone – yeah, as in the chocolate. O.M.G. I will be experimenting with that on another occasion!), in my search but decided for this time to play with the flavors I already had at home and get some Kahlua in anticipation of another cocktail session.

Welcoming the weekend with a rum-tini toast

Welcoming the weekend with a rum-tini toast

So I called Ashley, who rides shotgun on most of my beverage experiments, and we got to business. A little pantry and fridge rummage later, we had two very good cocktails that use the rum in a martini format. She preferred the pear, I was all over the cranberry.

Pear and Cinnamon Rum-Tini

Pear and Cinnamon Rum-Tini

A couple of notes – the honey is a terrific innovation and adds just the right sweet mellowness, but be warned: it will start to drip if it sits too long, so lap it up quick! I am particularly pleased with the toothpick-lime peel garnish that I cam up with rather than just tossing the lime peel in. So I am patting myself on the back for that one.

Set in the center of a sugar swirl: Cranberry Rum-Tini

Set in the center of a sugar swirl: Cranberry Rum-Tini



Makes four

For the rim:

Honey, sugar, and powdered cinnamon each in its own shallow dish

For the drink:

8 oz. white rum

8 oz. pear juice

½ tsp lime juice


cinnamon sticks

Dip the rims of the glasses in the honey, then the sugar and finally the cinnamon. Shake the rum and juices together with abundant ice and strain into glasses. You may dip the cinnamon sticks into the remaining honey, if desired, before garnishing. You may also sprinkle additional cinnamon on the top.

Cranberry Rum-tini

(makes two generous rum-tinis)

Ingredients for the rim:

honey and sugar, each in a shallow dish

4 oz white rum

2 oz cranberry juice

½ tsp lime


lime peel speared with a toothpick

Dip the glasses in the honey and then the sugar. Shake rum and juices with ice, then strain into prepared glasses. Garnish with lime peel.


14 Responses to “Rum-Tinis: Two Unusual Takes on the Classic Cocktail”

  1. Karen January 29, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    They both sound good but I think I would be partial to the pear one.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy January 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      Yu are not the first to say that! I knew I’d prefer the the tanginess!

      • Karen January 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

        I love the tanginess of cranberry with vodka but there is something about pears and rum that sounded good.

  2. kathryningrid January 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    There’s rum on the shelf just waiting for me–guess I have a tasty Rumtini in my near future! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  3. cecilia January 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Oh how I wish you were just down the road! c

  4. Ashley January 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    The Kahlua does sound great! I volunteer to be a part of that experiment also. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

  5. Marianne Goralski January 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Wow they look great. You know me, if it involves Kahlua, I am in. Very sophisticated looking!

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy January 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

      Definitely click on the link to see the description of the Toblerone…I think we may have to try it…

  6. Erin Collins January 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Mmmmm….they both sound great! I think I would need to do a side-by-side taste test to see which one I liked the best! 🙂

  7. trixfred30 January 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Does look lovely (and must confess Kahlua is a favourite)

  8. Mad Dog January 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Excellent and they look quite sophisticated side by side. I think I’d go for the Cinnamon-Pear 🙂

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