By Christina Kalinowski

Sailor Jerry rum possesses rich vanilla notes punctuated by warm hits of cinnamon and toasted toffee, making it an ideal libation for rum-lovers who enjoy a spicy liquor with smooth, subtle flavors. Sip on a drink made with the aromatic spirit and your mind might wander to faraway places, perhaps a beach bar in the South Seas or a Caribbean anchorage spied from the decks of a schooner. Appropriate for sipping solo or starring in a cocktail, try Sailor Jerry rum alongside your favorite beer or add a twist to a classic such as the Moscow Mule by substituting rum for vodka.

Cold refreshing drink with blood orange slices in a glass on a wooden background.
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Straight Up

The flavors of Sailor Jerry rum taste most pungent and warming when served at room temperature, undiluted by ice or water. Adding a few drops of water or serving it over ice cuts the alcohol edge and coaxes out the more subtle flavors. Pair Sailor Jerry rum with a beer to enjoy the complementary flavors of the two libations; pour the rum into a shot glass and casually sip it between swallows of beer. It's an ideal compromise between something spicy and potent and something cool and refreshing. Opt for a lighter brew such as a Pilsner or pale ale so you don't overwhelm the flavors of the spiced rum.

Jerry Mule

Sailor Jerry rum replaces vodka in a Jerry Mule, a twist on a Moscow Mule, to create a simple cocktail with complex flavoring. Combine 2 ounces of Sailor Jerry rum with 6 ounces of ginger beer alcoholic or nonalcoholic – in a cocktail glass filled with ice. Find a diet ginger beer if you want to reduce the calorie count. Top the drink with a few squirts of lime juice, stir to combine everything and garnish it with a lime wedge. If you don't have ginger beer handy, use ginger ale for a Jerry Buck.

Grog

An homage to the drink historically consumed by seafarers, grog features equal parts rum and orange juice combined with a light beer. Mix 1 ounce of Sailor Jerry rum with 1 ounce of orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15 seconds or until you get a good chill on it. Strain the liquid into a tall glass and top it with 6 to 8 ounces of beer. A light beer, such as a Pilsner, makes a fine grog, but experiment freely with other styles. Be aware: The singing of sea shanties might ensue.

Spiced Rum Punch

Tropical fruit flavors combined with spiced rum make a festive punch. Mix 1 1/2 to 2 ounces of Sailor Jerry rum with 2 ounces of pineapple juice, 1/2-ounce of simple syrup and 1/2-ounce of fresh lime juice in a cocktail glass filled with ice. Stir to combine and garnish with a pineapple or lime wedge. A few dashes of Angostura bitters adds complexity, while Sprite or sparkling water provide a refreshing effervescence. Use frozen fruit such as raspberries or blueberries to keep your drink cool while adding visual appeal (plus a dose of antioxidants with your booze), and include fruit juices such as mango and passion fruit to lend exotic sweetness.