Turn cheap rum into a premium cocktail

Originally published Aug 20, 2015

When sipping on a bourbon, if you can smell 'pepper, oak, caramel corn, new leather, plums, light toffee and pipe tobacco' while picking up on an 'astoundingly rich deeply honey-like and gently warming' palate...please sit this one out and stop reading this post, you are not my target audience.  

The liquor companies for years have been creating a false illusion of what premium is. They want you to think that ultra premium cocktails are based on the spirit alone. They do not want you to know that the true premium is the craftmanship making the cocktail and the manual effort behind the supporting ingredients. 

Handmade tinctures, syrups, bitters can turn virtually any base spirit into a premium cocktail and I can prove it. 

Jasper Rum Punch is brought to you by Ted Haigh from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.  Vintage Spirits is easily one of the better cocktail books in my collection. 


Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them

By Ted Haigh


Searching for this online, you will notice that the author is ok with posting the recipe online. You will however need to purchase his book to get the full story on this cocktail and the rich history that it has. 

Jasper Secret Mix

  • 12 limes, juiced
  • 1.5 cups sugar (I'm using cane sugar)
  • 1.25 ounces of Angostura Bitters (I'm contemplating wearing this as cologne, it smells amazing)
  • Half of a whole nutmeg, grated

Stir all ingredients until the sugar dissolves. If you do not have room for this in your fridge, pour a smidge of that ultra premium vodka in this to help it keep at room temperature for a day or two.  (why vodka? because it is supposed to be tasteless and odorless and cheap)

For the cocktail, use 1.5 ounces of Rum (read the book to determine the proper types of Rum) with 1.5 ounces of the Jasper Mix. Try to serve with lots of ice...lots of ice since the cocktail tastes better with some dilution. 

How amazing is this jasper Mix? I used the completely wrong rum..spiced rum...kirkland brand from Costco....something like the 1.5 liter for $18 bottle...and Jasper Mix made *that* taste good. Perfect for those big summer parties where you may not know everyone but you don't want to use expensive liquor on strangers but don't want to look like a cheap ass either. 

You are welcome and your secret is safe with me.