Can’t Keep Mum About This Single Barrel Rum: Cruzan

These spirits will definitely give you a rum for your money

                   Nelson's Blood never tasted so good.
                   Nelson's Blood never tasted so good.

If you want to enjoy the taste of Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, citizen, here’s something you don’t have to do.

You don’t have to go to IKEA and get a bottle of Elderflower syrup and put that in a highball glass in an arrangement of three parts water, one part Elderflower syrup, one part Cruzan Rum.

You don’t have to do that, but you could – because any excuse is a good excuse to go to IKEA, right? Even if you only want to remind yourself of Grady Hendrix’s scary-funny Horrorstör novel, a trip to IKEA’s probably gonna make you smile (and buy something you didn’t realize you really needed until you saw it, kind of lying in wait, there in the kitchenware section).

And so you get the Elderflower syrup and you add it to the water and you top it with that measure of Cruzan Rum and you mix it together and put in some ice and take a few sips. Ahhhh! And you give your favorite reporter a call and you say, “Damn, Brenner, that’s some good shit, that Elderflower-and-Cruzan thing! What do you call it?”

And I tell you that I don’t know, that I never thought about naming the concoction – I’m a journo, not a mixologist like Jason Stevens or Lara Nixon or Hank Cathey or Theo Love or Leah Moss or whoever – but you can call it an Elder God, if you want, that’d be cool.

But, as I say, you don’t have to do any of that to enjoy the taste of Cruzan Rum.

And I know this because I’d previously indulged in the purchase of a somewhat lesser rum, which I'd bought because there was an awesome illustration of a kraken on its label – yeah, tbh I’m more of a cephalopod aficionado than I am a booze aficionado – but this earlier bottle of rum turned out to be, contents-wise, not so exquisitely imbibable, really. Just not quite smoooooth enough for the likes of me.

So when I recently got some Cruzan, about which I’d heard good reports, I ditched the previous bottle of kill-devil and set about experimenting a bit. And found that, besides this new-to-me rum being a superlative component of, like, banana/cinnamon smoothies and a sweet array of tiki-bar beverages and daiquiris and so on, not to mention that Elder God I came up with … a person could actually drink several fingers of this Saint Croix-born liquor just by itself on the rocks and be like, “Ah, now this. Yes, this is some excellent kind of rum right here.”

And the end-of-the-year holidays are coming up fast, with all those chilly-weather parties you’ve got invitations to, not to mention maybe some last-minute trips to IKEA for stocking stuffers. And some of those parties (but probably not the IKEA) are BYOB … so I figured you might like to know. About this rum, citizen: Cruzan Single Barrel.


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