Port Antonio grenadine

How to Make another Port Antonio, or sometimes a duck isn’t a duck

Port Antonio grenadineAs we know from last Monday, the port antonio is a sophisticated and beautifully rum forward tiki cocktail. So why on earth is there another post about it? Well in the confusing world of cocktail naming, just because it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, doesn’t mean it isn’t a walrus. Coming out of left field, this port antonio only shares two common ingredients with the tiki cocktail of the same name. More akin to a cosmopolitan, this sweet and fruity cocktail is sure to please anyone who loves grenadine and its brilliant layered appearance makes it perfectly suited to a bachelorette party. Despite its classically “girly” appearance, the addition of lime brings some welcome acidity and zing to this refreshing sipper.

Port Antonio

  • 1½ ounces Light Rum
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 1 dash grenadine
  • garnish with a lime wedge

Begin by filling a cocktail glass with ice and setting it aside to chill.  Next in a cocktail shaker, add ice and pour in the rum and lime juice. Shake till well combined and thoroughly chilled. Now it is time to build the cocktail. Next dump the ice from the cocktail glass and add a dash of grenadine. Carefully strain the rum and lime mixture from the shaker into the glass. I recommend pouring over the back of a spoon to create the optimal layering effect. The grenadine is heavier than the rum and lime, so if it becomes a bit distorted do not worry! Just wait a minute or two for the layers to separate again. Finally garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

What Rum Should I Use in this Port Antonio?

Rum is an amazing spirit to buy cheap, especially if you only need light rum! Hence why I love rum based cocktails like this port antonio. You can get very serviceable budget rums like Castillo for as cheap as $6 a liter. While Castillo isn’t the best rum you’ve ever had, it’s better than Bacardi Superior (and you won’t pay for the label).  Another favorite cheap rum is Cruzan ($10-12 per fifth). I have never had a bad Cruzan Rum, and their light rum is no exception. It will provide a little more depth than can be found in the castillo, which is well worth it in a cocktail like the port antonio. While this cocktail will be great no matter what rum you choose (within reason), the more nuanced the rum the more interesting the resulting cocktail will become. Check out this list of the best and worst cheap rums and comment with your favorite budget rums!

Total cost per drink? ~$0.70

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