Crimson Night rum cocktail made from Swan Knight Distillery golden spiced rum in 2 champagne flutes with flowers

Crimson night rum cocktail recipe for Valentine's Day

Here is how to make the rum cocktail.

Cocktail ingredients for a single serving
- 50ml Swan Knight Distillery golden spiced rum
- 25ml simple syrup
- 25ml cranberry juice
- 100ml tonic water

- Mix the ingredients together with crushed ice
- Sieve into a champagne flute
- Garnish with a strawberry

How and when to drink this spiced rum cocktail

The deep red, crimson colour of this cocktail makes it perfect to enjoy during a romantic dinner, such as Valentine's Day. We have also enjoyed it over Christmas and New Year, particularly at parties. Serving the cocktail in champagne flutes with a strawberry garnish seemed to go really well with our guests.

If the cocktail is a little too sweet then adjust the amounts of simple syrup and tonic water accordingly. When selecting the cranberry juice, consider real juice as it contains 100-percent juice without the addition of sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The notes of caramel and vanilla in the Swan Knight Rum really helped to bring out the flavours of the cocktail.

Inspiration for the cocktail

A few cocktails were helpful when making this particular recipe. Under the Mistletoe was probably the biggest inspiration but Bay Breeze and Rum & Tonic also played a part.

Under the Mistletoe originated in the United States and muddles oranges and cranberries in simple syrup. Gin, cranberry juice and club soda make up the remaining ingredients, together with a sprig of thyme as a garnish. The Bay Breeze cocktail also helped us with this design. We generally replace the Vodka from the usual mix of Vodka, Cranberry Juice and Pineapple Juice with Spiced Rum to give extra flavour. Alternatively, using Coconut Rum can be delightful too. Finally, Rum and Tonic is a great alternative to G&T as the bitterness in the tonic counterbalances the molasses sweetness in the rum. For us, this highly successful mix was the final piece of the rum cocktail.

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