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 Kingston, named after the Jamaican capital, features dark Jamaican rum, gin, lime juice and grenadine. This flavorful cocktail, which looks like it is fruity, sings of rum and gin, not the grenadine or lime, and should be sipped slowly.
- 1 oz. dark Jamaican rum
- ½ oz. gin
- ½ lime, juiced
- 1 teaspoon grenadine
- Shake all the ingredients well with ice.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a half-slice of lime.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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.
Two 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.
Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her…