Tag Archives: rumchata cocktail

Red Summer

When you’re searching for inspiration for a new cocktail recipe, sometimes the ingredients are the first thing you put together, and sometimes the name of the drink presents itself and you build from there. I’ve been working to take RumChata from its place as a typically-wintertime liqueur to an ingredient I use year-round, and the name of the drink was there waiting for me: Red Summer.

Something bold and sexy, I figure, and I decided to go really crazy and use a “summer” ingredient I had never even considered with RumChata: gin. In this case, I added Caorunn Gin, a Scottish gin with a faint trace of apple flavor (part of the distillate, in fact).

Here’s the way I put it together:

Red Summer (by Greg Mays)

  • In a shaker, add:
  • 1 oz RumChata
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • shake with ice until extremely cold
  • strain into a cocktail coupe
  • garnish with raspberries

I’ll be honest: I thought to myself, what’s the most summery and least likely ingredient for a RumChata cocktail, and gin was my answer. When I took the first sip of this drink, though, I realized I had come up with something very special. The cinnamon of RumChata plays against the sweet grenadine and the apples-and-spices botanicals in Caorunn. This is a great drink that you have to try!

Special thanks to our sponsor RumChata.

Christmas Day on The Morning Brew (Video)

Here’s the video clip from Christmas special of The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens in Albuquerque. I give the hosts gift baskets and my New Year’s cocktail is given Santa Claus’ stamp of approval! You can find the recipes that I made on the show (Silent Night and Orange You Glad it’s New Years?) here.

Christmas Day on the Morning Brew

Merry Christmas! If you caught my segment on the Christmas special episode of The Morning Brew, welcome to Simple Cocktails! Here are the recipes I shared – the second one was a favorite of The Big Man himself.

silent night rumchata cocktail

Silent Night (by Greg Mays)

  • 2 oz RumChata
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • shake with ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass
  • garnish with a pinch of nutmeg

orange you glad it's new years cocktail

Orange You Glad It’s New Years? (by Greg Mays)

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 oz white chocolate liqueur
  • stir with ice and serve in a chilled cocktail glass
  • garnish with an orange slice