FL, USA- Bouquet of tropical fruit and spices with a pinch of burnt brown sugar greets the nose, leading to a smooth, spicy body of cinnamon, allspice and white pepper that hovers over vanilla and fruit notes.
1 oz. La Caña Grande Silver Rum
4 oz. Master of Mixes Strawberry Daiquiri
Strawberry to garnish
Pour La Caña Grande Silver Rum into blender with ice. Add Master of Mixes Strawberry Daiquiri. Blend until smooth. Pout into glass and granish with strawberry.
Siesta Key Rum is named for a beautiful barrier island off Sarasota, on Florida’s western coast. Drum Circle Distilling, which produced the rums, takes its name from a Siesta Key tradition that started spontaneously many years ago. Every Sunday, about an hour before sunset, locals and visitors gather to listen to musicians in a drum circle while watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. Distillery founder Troy Roberts says his goal was to put the essence of this friendly and laid-back little island into a bottle of rum.
Siesta Key rums are made in Sarasota in small batches using a single copper pot still. Every batch is hand-numbered at the distillery.
Rum, distilled from sugar cane or its byproducts, is synonymous with the island life. Sugar cane and rum production spread throughout the Caribbean after 1493, when Christopher Columbus brought sugar cane cuttings to the region. The plant was quick to flourish in the heat and humidity of the Caribbean region.
By the 1600s, island-made rums were in demand in England and its colonies. Part of the drink’s popularity is attributed to the Royal Navy, which gave its sailors daily rations of rum. That tradition lasted more than 300 years, until 1970.