Experimenting with Blue Chair Bay Rum – and a giveaway!
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the nice folks at Blue Chair Bay asking if I’d be interested in hosting a review and giveaway this month. I first tried their rum back in September at the Music City Eats Festival, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I figured – why not? Let’s give it a go. I’m always willing to experiment with cocktails and, of course, I love being able to share my finds with you guys!
Blue Chair Bay’s Smoked Coconut and Pineapple Fizz at Music City Eats Festival
Blue Chair Bay Rum is relatively new to the marketplace, as it just launched this past summer. Interestingly, the brand was created by country music singer Kenny Chesney. Unlike some celebrities who just give their name to brands to use for promotional purposes, Kenny really, truly had a hand in creating this spirit.
There are three flavors – white, spiced coconut and coconut. I had a really tough time deciding which one I’d like to play around with, but ultimately decided that the white would allow for more flexibility. (I’m still dying to try the spiced coconut, as I’m a coconut fiend!)
After several attempts at creating something unique and appropriate for this time of year, I finally came up with a dessert cocktail that was inspired by a blackberry cream cheese coffeecake I first had in wine country a few years ago. The coffeecake has become a favorite brunch item for my friends and I, so I tried to replicate some of those flavors in my drink – blackberry, cream, and almond. And, because I love ginger so much, I threw that in there too!
Blackberry Almond Dream
Makes 1 cocktail.
1.5 oz Blue Chair Bay White Rum
9 blackberries, divided
1/4 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz ginger syrup
2 oz whole milk or cream
In a shaker, muddle 6 blackberries. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake very well and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with skewer of 3 blackberries.
Congratulations to the winner!
Now, for one of my very special readers, I have a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum for you!
All you have to do to enter is this:
1. Leave a comment telling me what you’ll make with your rum. Share the full recipe in the comments, link to one that you love, or just provide a list of ingredients you think would make the perfect white rum cocktail. I need more inspiration for cocktail experimenting in the weeks to come!
For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.
2. Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “I just entered to win a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum from @betheats and you can too! http://bit.ly/1fVWXj1” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.
3. Like Blue Chair Bay Rum on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)
Contest ends on Thursday, January 2nd at noon CST. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!
Winner must be over 21 and a US resident.
*I was not compensated monetarily for this post, though I was given a free bottle of Blue Chair Bay Rum to experiment with, and another to give away. All opinions, as always, are my own.