The final long weekend is at the horizon meaning the last few weeks of summer are among us. But isn’s it the end of summer where some of the best memories are made? Although I love the entire summer season, I especially crave the end of summer with their warm days and cool nights leading into the fall. There’s something about wearing sun dresses with leather jackets, and jean shorts with sweaters mixed with the smell in the air of fall approaching that feels cozy.
The last few weekends of the summer are great opportunities to head up to the cottage with family or get friends together with a BBQ, and what better way to celebrate with the people you love then great food and even better cocktails? This time of year is the perfect time to mix the freshness of summer drinks mixed with the spicy warmth of fall favourites. Brugal Añejo, a dark rum from the Dominican Republic, is definitively the perfect pick for late summer cocktails. Brugal Añejo sent me their Signature Summer Cocktail kit featuring Fever Tree sodas to end the summer on a high note!
If you’ve never tried Brugal Añejo, I recommend you get a bottle the next time you’re looking for a dark rum. Although rum isn’t usually my drink of choice, I don’t mind it occasionally especially in the late summer, into the fall and winter. Brugal Añejo was by no means a disappointment, and definitively could stand a chance to convert me into a rum drinker. The moment you crack open the bottle, aromas of spiced wood, sweet vanilla and rich chocolate immediately burst out. And one thing I noticed is there wasn’t that rough sweet alcohol smell that usually hits the back of your throat when smelling other dark rums. This is attributed to the process they use for distilling that removes those heavy alcohols left in most other rums.
I decided to try some straight up get a better sense of how it tastes on the palette. I’m usually one that prefers my alcohol on the rocks (yes, even my cognacs) but the Brugal Añejo went down silky smooth. As it goes down, flavours of smoked wood and butterscotch came through beautifully. The Dominican Republic definitively knows what they’re doing when it comes to rum, and Brugal Añejo is a prime example of that.
To kick off the end of summer, I’ve put together 3 cocktail recipes to highlight the smooth and lightly sweet taste of Brugal Añejo.
Late Summer Cocktails with Brugal Añejo
Santo Libre is one of the most popular Dominican Republic, and recommended on Brugal Añejo’s website as a cocktail, so of course I had to try it myself!
2oz Brugal Añejo
4oz Lemon-Lime Soda
.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 Lime Wedge
Directions: Pour 2oz of Brugal Añejo and .25oz of fresh lime juice over ice. Add 4oz of lemon-lime soda, and finish with a lime wedge. Sip, and enjoy!
Dark & Stormy
Dark & Stormy is a classic rum cocktail that surprisingly I had yet to try. I thought Brugal Añejo’s notes would pair perfectly with Fever Tree’s ginger beer, and I was right.
2oz Brugal Añejo
.5oz Fresh Lime Juice
3oz Fever Tree Ginger Beer
1 Candied Ginger Slice
1 Lime Wheel
Directions: Pour 2oz of Brugal Añejo and .5oz of fresh lime juice into a shaker filled with ice, and shake well. Strain into an ice filled glass and stir in Fever Tree Ginger Beer. Garnish with candied ginger and lime wheel. Cheers!
Sparkling Apple Rum
2oz Brugal Añejo
1.5oz Apple Juice
1.5oz Sparkling Wine (or Champagne)
1 Apple Slice
Directions: Pour 2oz of Brugal Añejo, 1tbs of honey and 1.5oz of apple juice into a shaker filled with ice, and shake well until honey is dissolved. Strain into an iced filled glass and add sparkling wine. Garnish with apple slice and enjoy!
* This list of late summer cocktails with Brugal Anejo was put together thanks to Brugal Añejo sending me their Signature Summer Cocktail kit, including Fever Tree sodas. This post is intended for those of legal drinking age in their region, and I always encourage to drink responsibly. The review and feed is based on my own personal experience trying the product.To learn more about my sponsored content, please visit my about me page.