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Posts Tagged ‘Zafra Rum’

The Harvest Cocktail

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 21, 2010

I am a little late with this posting as I was meaning to coincide the recipe with the fall Harvest here in Canada. But somehow I got busy and distracted and the recipe was forgotten for a spell.  I guess I am rectifying my mistake by publishing the recipe now.

The name of the Harvest Cocktail is derived from the name of the rum for which it was designed, Zafra Master Reserve Rum. In the Caribbean the word Zafra refers to the period of time set aside for the harvest of the sugarcane  which runs from January through to May. Zafra can also refer to the early autumn harvest  in Spanish and Arabic countries outside of the Caribbean.  Hence my cocktail for the Zafra Master Reserve Rum was dubbed The Harvest Cocktail which I thought would be a more familiar name and one which would keep true to the original intent I had when I  created the drink.

The recipe, it turns out, scales beautifully with the quality of rum used. The better and  more premium the rum, the better and more premium the cocktail.

The Harvest Cocktail

2 oz Premium aged Rum (I suggest Zafra Master Reserve)
1/8 oz Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
Dash of Angostura Bitters

Frozen Blackberry

Chill a small cocktail glass until it is very cold.
Aromatise the glass with Maraschino Liqueur. (This can be done by pouring a little in the glass, swooshing it round and expelling any excess. The object is to coat the inside of the glass with a film of the Maraschino liqueur.)
Place the aged Rum, Dry Vermouth, and Angostura Bitters into a metal shaker with cracked Ice.
Shake until the shaker chills.
Strain into the chilled glass.
Garnish with a Frozen Blackberry.

And Remember to Enjoy yourself Responsibly at all times!


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Rum Review: Zafra Master Reserve

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 22, 2010


At Rum Renaissance, I had a wonderful time.  One of the highlights of the trip was meeting the people who are responsible for producing the  Zafra Master Reserve.  I think you can all recognize myself in the picture to the right, but I would also like to introduce the others.  Next to me on the right is Carlos E. Esquivel G. the Executive Director of PILSA (A Rum distillery and production company, specializing in Aged Rums, and Rum related products in Panama ans South America). Just to the right of me is Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez Perez,  the Master Distiller and Company Director who is directly responsible for the blending and the construction of  Zafra Master Reserve.  Beside Pancho is his son, Lorenzo, who is growing and learning at the side of his father, Pancho.

The reason I am happy to introduce these people really has nothing to do with their rum, but everything to do with the feeling of ‘family’ that they brought to Rum Renaissance.  In a town like Miami, where the lines between reality and pure fantasy are blurred, it was totally unexpected to find such genuinely nice people, who treated me like part of their family.  If the approach they take towards their rum is half as good as the approach they take towards people, then the Zafra Master Reserve will be a delight to sample and review.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“…The rum enters the palate with a soft bourbon flavour which is very approachable. However this soft approach is followed quickly by a wave of oak spices and tannin. Riding the crest of these waves are flashes of cherries,  blackberries and grapes which are vaguely reminiscent a port influence upon the spirit….”

You may read the full review here:

Rum Review: Zafra Master Reserve

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