When you get an email requesting your attendance to shake, mix, and taste the newest Rum to hit town, you take the offer. Shellback Rum invited me to an interactive, hands on mixology experience that launched a six city tour that began in the best city in the country, Dallas.
When I make drinks at home, it’s simple recipes such as Coke and Rum or Malibu and pineapple. I haven’t spent a lot of time perfecting drinks, I usually leave that up to bartenders. Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, guided our lesson. We were equipped with our own set of bar tools, glassware and all different types of ingredients. We learned the proper techniques for muddling, shaking and serving, all while crafting sophisticated modern updates to classic rum cocktails made with Shellback Rum.
Tony was a great teacher, we taste tested both the Spiced Rum and Silver Rum. Each had strong flavors that had me going back for more. They were smooth and tasted amazing whether it was a shot or mixed with fresh ingredients.
We mixed a few drinks, and got to experiment with different ingredients. Available in two expressions, Silver and Spiced, Shellback Rum is produced at the century-old West Indies Rum Distillery on the island of Barbados, the birthplace of rum. Both expressions are a blend of continuous and pot still components featuring neutral, heavy and aged light rum. Adding further depth to the Spiced blend, a portion of the rum spends a minimum of 12 months in once-used American bourbon barrels. Shellback Rum is available nationally.
Mixing drinks was much more fun than I realized. After scouring the Shellback Rum site, I came across a drink recipe that I had to share.
Raspberry Watermelon Mojito with Shellback Rum
- 1.5oz Shellback Silver Rum
- 1/2oz Lime Juice
- 1/2oz Simple Syrup
- 10 Mint Leaves
- 3 Watermelon Cubes 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ roughly
- 6 Fresh Raspberries
- 1.5oz Club Soda
- Mint Sprig for Garnish
- Muddle mint leaves, watermelon and raspberries in cocktail shaker.
- Add rum, lime juice and simple syrup with ice.
- Shake vigorously to infuse mint flavor well.
- Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
- Top with soda and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Shellback Rum is available throughout the nation and the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. To find a retailer near you, head over to the Official Shellback site.
To find more awesome pictures from my Shellback experience, head to the Dallas Socials Facebook Page. Sad you missed this event? We were lucky enough to be provided with TEN tickets to give away to the first ten people who went to the link we provided. As you could expect, they were gone asap. Stay connected with us so you don’t miss out on any other great events!