Another day drawing to a close in paradise; drifting through time at the W Retreat and Spa Hotel on Vieques, Puerto Rico’s “little girl” sister island. At the hotel’s wet deck — an area with double swimming pools and an awning-covered bar, it was the moment for a quick, cold drink before dinner. This drink gives us a chance to introduce one of Puerto Rico’s dark rums, Rum del Barrilito, paired with a splash of apple juice and tang of lemon.
1 1/2 ounces Barrilito or dark rum
1 ounce unfiltered apple juice
1 lemon slice, 1/4-inch thick
Pour rum and apple juice into an ice-filed old-fashioned glass. Stir. Squeeze lemon slice into the drink and drop it in the glass. Stir until well chilled.
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Tasting notes: Deep rum flavor with sour apple background
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