Eat (and Drink) Your Rum This Thanksgiving

Eat (and Drink) Your Rum This Thanksgiving

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Hugh Acheson and Captain Morgan partner for the holidays

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Hugh Acheson whips up some Captain Morgan cocktails.

For some, the right booze can be just as important as the turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving Day. Too many relatives, or not enough, in one room can be made easier with a cocktail in hand. While you have the liquor on hand, though, adding it to some of your recipes could take them to the next level.

Top Chef's Hugh Acheson has partnered with Captain Morgan to perfect a few great boozy recipes for the holidays. "There’s a good flexibility [with rum]; it’s a great culinary beverage," Acheson told us, adding, "It’s so 'Thanksgiving going into Christmas,' with nuances of cinnamon and anise that are so typical of this time of year." As Acheson has some Caribbean heritage, cooking with rum was a natural fit for him. Captain Morgan and Acheson have partnered to benefit WhyHunger by asking folks 21 and up to share their recipes and tips using the hashtag #CaptainsTable. Every time they do, Captain Morgan will donate $1 to the charity.

The spice in rum works naturally with the flavors of the holidays. Try one of Captain Morgan's cocktail recipes, or just add a splash to a mug of hot apple cider, and make any of these dishes to create a surefire hit this Thanksgiving.

Click here for the Cape Corsair Recipe.

Click here for the Captain Morgan Toffee Pudding with Rum-Maple Sauce and Yogurt Recipe.

Click here for the Starboard Sour recipe.

How To : This Thanksgiving, You Can Have Your Booze & Eat It, Too

To some people, Thanksgiving is merely quality time with family and friends that they can't get throughout the rest of the year. To others, it's that one time when it's okay to be a greedy hog and get hammered all weekend long.

In that spirit of eat-and-drink-until-you-drop, we've found some of the best Thanksgiving Day recipes that combine your favorite traditional dishes with your alcohol of choice. We're talking appetizers, main dishes, and desserts with wine, hard cider, vodka, and more — there's something for everyone!

These, of course, will be no substitution for all that wine and beer you'll be drinking throughout your holiday break, so make sure to stock up accordingly.

6 Thanksgiving Cocktail and Dish Pairings

A delicious cocktail and a Thanksgiving dish go together like pumpkin pie and whipped cream. We’ve paired up some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes with hand-crafted cocktails, courtesy of our Liquid Chef Billie Keithley, you can easily make at home this holiday season. So, impress your guests with perfectly paired flavors. Recipes below.

Note, the Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant and retail shop at the Distillery and Main Street will be closed Thanksgiving day.

We are elevating tradition. We’ve taken the bold flavors in our spirits and paired them with some of Thanksgiving’s most traditional dishes like juicy turkey, Brussel sprouts with cranberry and a fluffy pumpkins dessert to name a few, some prepared by our Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant Executive Chef, Richard Calton. Sit back, relax, eat, drink and be merry this Thanksgiving.

We like to start the day with a warm sipper as you prepare your delicious Thanksgiving feast.

Maple Cider
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Spiced Rum
1oz blackberry juice
1/2oz maple syrup
Top with hot cider
Garnish with blackberries dusted with maple sugar


We’ve taken our Breckenridge Bourbon, combined with locally sourced Honeybee Keep Honey, to create this honey glazed Colorado Turkey dish. The bold flavors of the turkey glaze paired with the spices of the Happy Dramsgiving will have your mouth watering for leftovers.

Happy Dramsgiving
2oz Breckenridge Bourbon
1/2oz Allspice Dram*
1 dash orange bitters
Orange zest
Stir ingredients. Serve over ice.

Muddle all spices, berries, breaking them up into pieces, not overdoing it. Add the Breckenridge Spiced Rum and berries together in a seal tight jar. Shake. Let steep for 5 days, shaking daily. Add cinnamon sticks broken into 2. After 2 more days add clove. After 10 days of steeping and shaking daily, strain out solids. Over medium heat, add brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat. Add the Dram mix. Let cool. Put everything into the seal tight jar. Refrigerate for a couple more days before using. This is served superbly with Breckenridge Bourbon. Served hot is excellent. Cold is beautiful too.


A beloved turkey day staple that should find its way to every table. The earthy sweetness of the yams is juxtaposed perfectly with this snappishly balanced cocktail.

The Season to be Berry
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Pear Vodka
1tbs Lingonberry jam
1/2oz lemon juice
4oz cranberry juice
Shake all ingredients with ice
Garnish with mint and cranberry


Delicious barrel charred, maple roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberry jam add the perfect pop of color at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Our maple syrup is aged in Breck Bourbon barrels, giving you a distinct flavor of charred oak bourbon. This cocktail and dish pairing offer the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness between the cranberries, pears, apples, and figs in the cocktail and the Brussels sprouts, bacon, jam, and almonds.

Crisp Harvest
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Pear Vodka
1oz fig, pear, apple shrub*
4oz pear/apple juice
1oz cranberry juice
Garnish with cranberries and apples
Shake ingredients. Serve over ice.

*Homemade Shrub- Over medium heat, add 3oz fig jam, 4oz unfiltered apple cider, 3oz pear juice. 2oz of cider vinegar, 6oz brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Let cool.


This pairing balances the bitter, spice and fat with the richness of the season. Slightly bitter squash and rich bacon meld harmoniously with the spiced piquant flavors of this seasonal sipper bring an old tradition to the dinner table. You may have to ask Grandma for her recipe.

Winter’s Chai
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Spiced Whiskey
1-1/2oz chai tea
3oz almond milk
3/4oz honey simple
Shake all ingredients with ice
Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg


You will definitely want to save room for this pairing. Spiced pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust, sea salt carmel drizzle, top with fresh homemade whipped cream and an almond tuile treat. That is a mouth full. The Spiced Whiskey and honey cardamom pairs perfectly with the spices of the pumpkin cheesecake.

Ten Mile Toddy
1-1/2oz Breckenridge Spiced Whiskey
3/4oz toasted cardamom honey simple*
1/2oz lemon juice
Top with hot water

*Homemade Simple- Over medium heat in a skillet, toast 25 cardamom pods. Add cardamom, 12oz water, 6oz honey, 6oz brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and cover. Let rest for 6 hours. Strain and bottle.

Looking for other delicious cocktails you can easily make at home? Read more about our winter cocktails, Christmas cocktails and Bloody Mary’s. Cheers and happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Breckenridge Distillery.

National Rum Day Is This Weekend &mdash Here Are 15 Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate

These rum cocktails are basically a beach vacation in a glass.

Picture it: You’re lounging on the beach with your toes in the sand, while sipping a fruity, refreshing rum cocktail. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

Your summer vacation plans might be a little uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t kick up your heels and enjoy the sunshine with a drink in hand this National Rum Day. With sunny days on the horizon, we’ve rounded up some of the best rum cocktails that you can enjoy wherever you are for this spirited holiday on Aug. 16, including classics like the Dark &aposn Stormy and mai tai, and newer creations like the Walk in the Park and Monkey Wrench. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, rum is gaining popularity in the U.S., and Americans especially love flavored and spiced rums, which now account for over 55 percent of all rums sold.

Whether your rum of choice is dark, white, or flavored, we have a perfect summer cocktail that will instantly transport you to the sandy shores of the Caribbean or to Casa Bacardi in Puerto Rico (the island is home to some of the best rums in the world). Plus, with on-demand alcohol delivery services like Saucey, you&aposll be able to get your ingredients and start sipping in no time.

Eat (and Drink) Your Rum This Thanksgiving - Recipes

This Pumpkin Pie Martini is dessert in a glass and requires only vodka, Rum Chata and pumpkin spice creamer. Finish it off with a heavy float of whipped cream, a graham cracker rim and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

I would choose this Pumpkin Pie Martini over regular pumpkin pie any day of the week (or morning for that matter). There is just something a bit off with the texture of pumpkin pie for me. I end up adding around 3 parts whipped cream to 1 part pie when I eat it once a year for Thanksgiving. A complete waste of calories in my opinion.

Flavored vodka is always preferable when making a good dessert Martini. I love using vanilla or whipped cream vodka with this recipe, or you can even get pumpkin pie vodka. Surprisingly, all three of these flavors are readily available in my liquor cabinet. There is no need to run to the liquor store for flavored vodka if you don’t have it on hand. You can always just add a drop of vanilla to your mix as well.

If you are wanting these to be even more reminiscent of pumpkin, you can also add a drop of natural orange food coloring. A cinnamon stick or two is always an impressive garnishment in a good fall cocktail. I also, love to make a chocolate version of these martinis.

There is just something so comforting about a good fall cocktail as the weather starts to change. Today, is the first day that it actually felt like fall in the St. Louis area. It had me wanting to sip on all my favorite cocktails. A Pumpkin Spice White Russian or Spiked Pumpkin Latte are always winners in my book. Check out my cocktail page for all my favorites.


Pumpkin Spice White Russian Caramel Apple Sangria Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini Melted Witch Martini
Gingerbread Martini Apple Cider Moscato Sangria Georgia Peach Martini Godiva Chocolate S’mores Martini

Ina Garten’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes

For those of you looking for a one-stop shop for all the recipes to include on your Thanksgiving table, look no further than this roundup of Ina Garten’s 10 most popular Turkey Day recipes. Our food team even gave a few of them a test drive, and SPOILER ALERT: Not a single recipe disappoints. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Ina, but a reminder every now and then can’t hurt.

So without any further ado, here’s a list of the best Ina Thanksgiving recipes — and why you should make them.

1. Perfect Roast Turkey

If Ina’s roast turkey is anything like her roast chicken, it’s the stuff of legends. Her Thanksgiving bird is seasoned liberally (of course) with salt and pepper stuffed with thyme, halved lemons, quartered onions, and garlic and then brushed with a dreamy, zesty, herby butter mixture. We tested out the recipe ourselves , and it delivered on all its promises.

2. Sausage and Herb Stuffing

This Thanksgiving spread essential is next-level, thanks to an entire stick of butter, yummy sourdough bread cubes, diced Granny Smith apples, and Italian sausage. Make your life a little easier and make it ahead.

3. Homemade Gravy

We are officially riding the Ina Garten gravy train. Her secret ingredients? Cognac and white wine — and of course onions, butter, flour, turkey drippings, and chicken stock. I can’t wait to pour this into my mashed potato volcano.

4. Classic Mashed Potatoes

Speaking of mashed potato volcanoes, there’s no one that makes ’em better than Ina. They’re luscious, rich, and have a hint of tang, thanks to the addition of sour cream. Our Associate Food Editor Kelli Foster tested out the recipe and rated it a 10 out of 10. She said “If I could eat just one mashed potato recipe for the rest of my life, it would be Ina’s.”

5. Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce

It’s pretty much impossible to cook an entire Thanksgiving spread in just one day, so consider lightening your load and preparing a few things in advance. (Ina’s an expert on this.) Cranberry sauce is a great make-ahead option, since you can pop it in the fridge when it’s done. Ina’s sauce is perfect for those who prefer tart over sweet, since it’s made with both lemon and orange juice and zest.

6. Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Don’t swap out regular mashed potatoes for Ina’s smashed sweet potatoes just yet — because you’re going to want BOTH. Ina’s sweet potatoes are baked to perfection, mixed in with orange juice, cream, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper, then baked again until heated through.

Eat Your Rum in These 12 Desserts

Matt Taylor-Gross

As a main ingredient in piña coladas and frosty, fruity cocktails, it’s no secret that rum is a sweet little spirit that loves even more sugar. So give into your sweet tooth—lend rum some sugar and make one of these desserts.

Dried Apricot and Fig Clafoutis with Rum

Clafoutis is a French dessert that’s trickier to pronounce than to make. A simple mixture of flour, eggs, dairy, and a little sugar, it’s like a pancake, but more custardy, and it’s baked instead of griddled. It looks and tastes impressive the way classic French desserts often do, but it’s simple enough to whip up any weeknight. Rum-soaked dried apricots, figs, and raisins add their caramelized and honeyed flavors to this creamy version, perfect for cold weather when there’s no fresh fruit around. Get the recipe for Dried Apricot and Fig Clafoutis with Rum »

Rum-Broiled Grapefruit

Rich dark rum is brushed over grapefruit halves, which are then sprinkled with sugar and cayenne pepper before broiling.

Rum Raisin Ice Cream

The combination of rum and raisins has long elevated all kinds of desserts, but when applied to a vanilla custard base, the flavors truly shine: a concentrated burst of dried fruit cut by the boozy kick of rum, all cushioned by creamy dairy. Get the recipe for Rum Raisin Ice Cream »

Orange, Pineapple, and Walnut Fruitcake

Sweet, spiced, and dense, with a bright rum glaze, a sophisticated take on classic Christmas fruitcake is a perfect holiday treat for giving as a gift—or for keeping to yourself. Houseman’s Fruitcake

Rum Bundt Cake

A supremely moist, boozy Southern bundt cake fitting for any holiday spread.

Classic Bananas Foster

This boozy, buttery concoction of caramelized bananas flambéed in rum sauce is a dining-out classic invented at legendary New Orleans restaurant, Brennan’s.

Bratapfel mit Walnusseis (Baked Walnut-Stuffed Apples with White Wine)

Apples are roasted in wine and butter for this sweet and spicy dessert, a staple of holiday markets throughout Germany.

Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum

Use very ripe organic bananas for these silver-dollar-size fritters, as they will mash the best and create a smooth, sweet batter. Get the recipe for Banana Fritters with Cinnamon-Sugar and Rum »

Vanilla-Rum Custard (La Tarte)

The creaminess of this classic vanilla custard gains an edge with the addition of light rum.

White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bananas and Rum Sauce


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  • 4 Egg yolks
  • 12 ounces Evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
  • 21 ounces Sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup Dark rum
  • 5 drops Angostura bitters
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks (optional, for garnish)

In a large, heat-proof glass bowl combine the egg yolks, evaporated milk, and lime zest. Whisk until fully incorporated.

Place a large pot on the stove and fill with 1 inch of water. Place the glass bowl over the pot, making sure that the bottom does not touch the surface of the water to create a double boiler or bain marie.

Warm the mixture over medium-low heat until it reaches 160°F, about 10 to 15 minutes. Continuously whisk to ensure the mixture does not curdle or heat too quickly. Reduce the temperature if needed to ensure the eggs do not scramble.

Once the mixture has reached 160°F, remove the pot from the heat and transfer it to a heat-proof surface. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, condensed milk, dark rum, and Angostura bitters. Whisk until fully combined.

Strain the liquid into an airtight container and add cinnamon sticks to infuse additional flavor. Store in the refrigerator until ready to consume. The drink will keep for about 2 to 3 days in the fridge. If serving chilled, whisk or shake before serving over ice.

10 Rum Cocktails You Can Make At Home

Born in Cuba after American captain Russel ordered a Bacardi gold rum with coke and lime to celebrate a free Cuba, the Cuba Libre is a traditional symbol marking the end of Cuban war of independence. This cocktail bears a light, crisp and subtle sweetness, which comes from the classic iteration of rum and coke.

  1. In a tall glass filled with ice, squeeze the lime wedges.
  2. Add the rum, then coke and serve.
  1. Hurricane

Usually served in a hurricane glass, this drink is a treat to both your eyes and your palate. The original recipe is made using four ingredients – including one part black rum, one part white rum, one part passion syrup and one part lime juice. Nevertheless, you can tweak the recipe according to your preference. To make the best hurricane cocktail you will need

  • 60ml dark rum
  • 60ml white rum
  • 60ml passion fruit syrup
  • 30ml orange juice
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • Ice cubes
  • A slice of pineapple or orange to garnish
  1. Put in 5-6 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker then add all the other ingredients over the ice.
  2. Shake until the shaker feels cold.
  3. Add ice cubes in the hurricane glass then strain the mixture into the glass.
  4. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or orange fruit then serve. Don’t forget the straw.

Recognised as the most popular cocktail across the world, you wouldn’t be amiss to add a mojito recipe to your list of cocktails. It is a simple yet immortal cocktail that can be taken during the day and alongside pairings such as spicy chicken wings, shrimps, chicken curry and zucchini risotto. For a good glass of mojito, you will need

  • 40ml of white rum
  • 30ml of lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of refined white sugar
  • 7 leaves of mint (spearmint, Hierba Buena)
  • Soda
  • Ice
  1. In a highball glass, add the sugar and lime juice.
  2. Stir well then add mint. Pin down with a pestle and add ice, the white rum and soda to fill.
  3. Slap the mint leaves, and put them in the glass. You can garnish using a sprig of mint or with strawberries for a change.

This seasonal drink is a play on a ginger-based cocktail also known as a buck and the dark and stormy rum. It is simple yet a classy and tasty drink to serve guests and friends.

  • 5oz rum
  • 5oz Cruzan blackstrap rum (float)
  • 5oz ginger
  • 75oz lime juice
  • soda
  • 1 strawberry
  1. Muddle the strawberry in a shaker tin
  2. Add the rum, lime juice, ginger and shake with ice,
  3. Put some ice in a collins glass, then fine strain the mixture into the glass and top with soda.
  4. Float the remaining Cruzan blackstrap rum on the cocktail and garnish.

6. Passion fruit Mojito

If you love the sweet, tart and floral flavour of the passion juice this is the recipe to try.

  • 60ml white rum
  • 30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ teaspoons unrefined sugar
  • 4 sprigs of divided fresh mint leaves
  • 1 passion fruit or 1 tablespoon of passion fruit puree
  • 30-60ml of chilled club soda.
  1. Start by wrapping a handful of ice cubes in an ice bag or kitchen towel.
  2. Using a rolling pin or mallet, tap on it to crush the ice into pieces. The result should be pea-sized to snowflake sized pieces of ice.
  3. Add the rum, lime juice, 3 sprigs of mint and the passion fruit/puree in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the mint and the passion fruit a few times to break them and draw out flavours.
  4. Fill a tall glass with ice up to ¾ then pour in the contents from the shaker.
  5. Stir and top the rest of the glass with club soda. You may add more ice if necessary.
  6. Garnish with the left mint then serve.

This legendary drink is mostly loved for its elegance and simplicity. With just 3 ingredients, you are able to make a splendid aperitif that can stand by itself or be paired with fish dishes and shellfish. To make the Daiquiri you will need.

  1. Chill a martini glass with 3 pieces of ices cubes. You can discard the ice once the glass chilled.
  2. In a shaker that has ice, pour in the rum, lime juice, and sugar syrup
  3. Shake for 12 seconds and strain the contents into the Martini cup.
  4. Garnish with a slice of lime and serve.

You may like to know that due to its high contents of vitamin C, Daiquiri was the drink used to combat scurvy in the 1700s. It was until later after the Cuban revolution did this cocktail start to be served in the bars of New York and across the world.

This is a legendary drink for a legendary night.

  • 3 tbsp. ground coffee,
  • 250ml dark rum,
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup (optional),
  • 150ml vodka,
  • 150 ml, ice
  1. Take 4 tumblers and pour 25 ml of the coffee rum mixture.
  2. Mix double cream and vodka in a jug.
  3. Take a spoon over the ice and pour the boozy cream so it overflows into the glass. This will help the cream to float over the coffee liqueur.
  4. Serve with something to stir.

9. Pina Colada

Whether you’re in a tropical mood, or just craving a refreshing drink to quench your thirst, you can never go wrong with a glass of Pina colada. As the name suggests, Pina- pineapple, Colada – strained, you need to crush the pineapples, the to get some juice.

To make this cocktail you will need

  • 30ml of white rum
  • 90ml of pineapple juice
  • 30ml of coconut milk
  • Ice
  • A slice of pineapple
  1. After getting the juice from fresh ripe pineapples, pour it in a blender and add rum, coconut milk and ice.
  2. Blend for 15 seconds till you attain a fluffy or creamy texture.
  3. Pour the contents into a large glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple
  4. Serve with a straw.

10. Dark and stormy

Yet another titillating long drink that will excite you for its finesse and elegance. It is very simple to make and you only need 3 ingredients to achieve this rich drink. Unlike the light aperitif dark and stormy has a high alcohol content so you might want to consider that as you entertain your guests.

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a high ball glass filled with ice.
  2. Garnish with a slice of lime.

A dark and stormy pairs well with barbecue, fish, pasta salad and spicy dishes. Did you know that if you added 20ml of lime juice to this cocktail you get a Moscow mule but made with rum? Try it. Speaking of Moscow mule check out other vodka cocktails that you can make at home.

Here are a few cocktails you can make with other alcoholic drinks – vodka, whiskey, gin, cognac, and Martini Cocktails. If you are a Famous Grouse fan here are additional recipes you can check out – Famous Grouse cocktails you can make at home. If you are a liqueur fan then you can check out these Magnum Cream Liqueur cocktails you should try

Make your party menu a success with these recipes:

Seriously, before you get started mixing up the most perfect rum punch ever, think about this: what are you going to serve for food at your big shindig?

You've got to have food for your peeps to eat, don't you? Here are a couple suggestions to get you going.

If seafood is something you like, a good ole backyard shrimp boil could be perfect:

Looking for something you can serve inside or out?

We're pretty partial to the best Chicken Salad Sandwich recipe we've ever made or tried elsewhere. It is seriously that good. You'll LOVE it!

Whatever food you decide to serve at your party, just know you've got the perfect sweet and fruity drink to serve up alongside it!

It's always a good idea to have a party punch or a cocktail at your gatherings. Sure, beer and wine serve their purpose and they can be absolutely great. but a nice drink like our Strawberry Limeade Rum Punch makes a gathering a party.

And that's what you wanted, right?

As always, remember to drink responsibly!

Check out our video below that shows just how to make our nearly famous Strawberry Limeade Rum Punch. It's really quite easy to make and SO utterly delicious to drink!