The Cocktail Chronicles: Kingston

by Erin on March 22, 2013

in drink, The Cocktail Chronicles

The Cocktail Chronicles: Kingston // The Speckled Palate

Once upon a time, I was supposed to shoot a wedding in Jamaica.

I’d gotten married a few months previously when the inquiry came in, so I headed straight to the Post Office and sent off my documents to update my passport. I prepared my equipment and looked into rentals. I researched traveling with camera gear. I was so excited about the possibility of going to a tropical paradise to cover this event.

And then it fell through.

To this day, I have yet to visit Jamaica, but I dream I’ll be able to travel there sometime in the near future — for work or play.

So you’re wondering why I am speaking about Jamaica, right? This drink is named after the capital, calls for dark Jamaican rum (yum!), and is an unbelievably strong cocktail for what it appears to be.

Here’s how you make it:

The Cocktail Chronicles: Kingston
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This is named after the Jamaican capital, so it would be inappropriate to use rum from any other location.
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 1
  • 6 teaspoons dark Jamaican rum
  • 3 teaspoons gin
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  1. Shake all the ingredients well with ice.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a half-slice of lime.


The Cocktail Chronicles: Kingston // The Speckled PalateCocktail_WhatWeThought

My husband pronounced, “It’s red, so you think it’s fruity. It’s not,” upon his first sip. It’s true. This is not a fruity, frilly drink… and the more sips I took, the more it tasted like cough syrup. If I were to make this again, I’d add some more lime juice to balance out the alcohol.

Cocktail_RatingTwo cheers! Sorry, y’all. We’d like to be sipping something else… but we like the idea of this cocktail. For us to try this again, we’d have to make some changes.

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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker March 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I hope you’ll make it there soon. This cocktail looks yummy and I LOVE the color. Love your photos too. Happy Friday!


Erin April 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thanks, Anne! I hope so, too! And I hope you give this drink a shot.

Thanks for the compliment! And a very (belated) happy Friday to you!


Kathryn March 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm

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Erin April 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

You’re welcome! And you’re too sweet. :) Good hearing from you, and I look forward to keeping up with you via your blog! Yours is so cute, too!


Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies March 25, 2013 at 8:05 am

The color is so pretty, but the idea of dark rum and gin makes me run away in fear. Not my favs


Erin April 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Ha. I agree with you here. The combination isn’t too bad, but it’s definitely STRONG. And it’s definitely something where one is more than enough for me.

One thing I will say is that this cocktail book has really opened me up to some different drinks, and I’m glad we’re drinking our way through it… even if we do have to make crazy cocktails like this.


Natalie March 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

It looks lovely but it sure does sound potent! Jamaican rum is GOOD but strong and the gin too, I would be on the floor in a second haha. Adding a lot of lime juice though would probably balance it all out so it tastes better.


Erin April 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

You are right, girl. It’s super potent! And while I wasn’t on the floor after a sip (even though I am a horrible lightweight who has become even more of a lightweight in recent years), I would have maybe been on the floor if I drank a second one!


laurasmess April 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Hm, the ‘cough syrup’ description sounds terrible, but I do love gin cocktails so I’m still curious to find out for myself! How many shots would that end up being? Three? Hm, definitely trying it regardless of the unfavorable taste test!! x


Erin April 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Ha. Yeah… this drink wasn’t one of my favorites, but it *is* pretty. I’m interested to hear what you think about it, though, and how it works for you!


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