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Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

sailor jerry rum

It’s interesting how, after blogging about booze and cocktails for 5 years, you miss things. I’ve had a few bottles of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum in the last several years, but¬†I realized that I haven’t actually written about SJ yet!

I’m just going to tell you that¬†Sailor Jerry is my favorite¬†spiced rum (Breckenridge is my¬†2nd fave). There are several things that make it a stand-out from competitors (such as¬†Bacardi Oakheart or Captain Morgan). First, Sailor Jerry is higher alcohol at 46% –¬†Oakheart and the Captain¬†are 35%. SJ is¬†also commonly sold in 1L bottles (as opposed to 750ml) in many¬†places.

The flavor of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is the biggest¬†differentiator, though. It’s less¬†sweet-tasting, yet remains smooth and¬†palatable. It is great¬†in a Rum and Coke as the spices of SJ, like clove, cinnamon, and vanilla, are almost a one-for-one companion to the flavoring in Coca-Cola.¬†Compared with it’s competitors, who offer a fruitier, sweeter spiced rum, Sailor Jerry is spicier, a touch more bitter, and more complex than others on the market.

I make my Sailor Rum+Cokes like this (pictured above):

Sailor Jerry Rum and Coke

  • in an old fashioned glass filled with ice, add:
  • 2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • some Coca-Cola, between a splash and¬†1 oz


Acrylic barware courtesy of JCPenny.