Witch's Lure spiced rum cocktail made with Swan Knight Distillery golden spiced rum, in 2 martini glasses

Witch's Lure spiced rum cocktail

Here is how to make the rum cocktail:

Prepare the fruit juice for the cocktail (makes between 5 and 8 cocktails)
- Take 350g of frozen blackberries and blueberries, split 2:1, and put them in a saucepan with a lid
- Add 100g of sugar
- Add 125ml of water
- Mix the ingredients together and bring to the boil. Once boiling, simmer for 20 minutes
- Remove from the heat. Allow the mix to cool and then filter using a sieve to extract the juice
- Place in the fridge for later

Cocktail ingredients for a single serving
- 50ml Swan Knight Distillery golden spiced rum
- 50ml Lemonade
- 30ml berry juice (as prepared above)
- 5ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

- Sieve the lemon juice
- Mix the cocktail ingredients together
- Pour into a martini glass and serve

How and when to drink this spiced rum cocktail

We called this rum cocktail, Witch's Lure, in honour of its spooky colour. It is a great party drink and particularly so during the Autumn and Winter. We enjoyed it during Halloween and it looks so sophisticated when served in a martini glass.

We tried the recipe with Angostura Bitters and lime juice, before settling on just  freshly squeezed lemon juice. The delightful deep purple colour which comes from the blackberries and blueberries, can easily be changed by using other types of fruit or berry.

Inspiration for the cocktail

When we started creating this cocktail, there were a couple of inspirations for us. The fruit infused Daiquiri was one whilst the other was the Blackberry Mojito.

The Daiquiri is covered separately in the Rum Cocktails section of the web site. It is beautiful to try with berries, and the blackberry and blueberry combination is fantastic. The sweetness from the blackberries goes really well with the tartness from the blueberries.

One of the most popular cocktails is the Mojito and although many spirits can be used as its base, we prefer white rum. Originally it was named in honour of Sir Francis Drake as it was called El Draque. Created in Cuba, it used local ingredients and so it is unsurprising, that the rum used was aguardiente and then mixed with lime, sugar and mint. Today, the Mojito can have many other fruits or berries added to it and one of our favourites is the Blackberry Mojito.
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