First Drink Recipe…The “Tragic Magic”

Tragic Magic Rum Drink Recipe

The “Tragic Magic” Drink Recipe

Oualie Beach Resort Hotel
July 21, 2006

I thought I would kick off the recipe section with a drink recipe…surprise there eh?  This rather strong drink was concocted for me by my favorite bartender on Nevis, Alison, of Nisbet Plantation fame. Actually he “designed” this drink for me when he was working at the Oualie Beach Hotel bar many years ago. The name of the drink, well lets just say that this is one of my “nick-names” in Nevis.  Either Tragic or Magic, no I won’t explain why.  Well now lets us get on with creating this “potent potable”.

Tropical Drink Recipe Ingredients

1 oz 151-proof Rum
1/2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Melon Liqueur
Pineapple Juice
Lime Juice
Splash of Grenadine

In hurricane or parfait glass splash some grenadine. Add ice, then rum, gin, and melon liqueur. Fill with pineapple juice and float lime juice on top.

That’s all there is to it, now sit back and watch the sun go down….no matter what time of day it is.

The best rum brands of 2020 according to Luxe

  1. Ron Zacapa – Best overall rum
  2. Santa Teresa – Best rum to pair with food
  3. Foursquare – Best rum for the money
  4. Appleton Estate – Most expensive rum
  5. Diplomatico – Best rum under $50
  6. Richland – Best tasting rum
  7. Havana Club – Best white rum for a drink recipe
  8. Brinley Gold Shipwreck – Best spiced rum
  9. Goslings – Best dark rum
  10. Mount Gay – Best value rum
  11. Facundo – Best premium rum
  12. Flor de Caña – Best budget rum for a drink recipe
  13. Don Papa – Best sipping rum
  14. Banks – Best rum for a cocktail
  15. Privateer – Best cask strength rum

Rum Trivia

  • Rum was the world’s first spirit to be manufactured and distilled for entertainment and a drink recipe. It was invented in the 1620s when Caribbean sugarcane plantation slaves discovered that molasses, a byproduct of sugar refining, could be fermented into alcohol for a good drink recipe.
  • More than 80 percent of the world’s rum sources originate in Puerto Rico. Much of the sugar cane used is grown there, and Bacardi houses the world’s largest rum distillery in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • In the 1800s, rum was a go-to beauty product known for its ability to clean hair and strengthen its roots. Even today people still occasionally use it.
  • Rum was very popular in Colonial North America. The first distillery was established in 1664 on Staten Island, and rum production quickly became New England’s largest and most prosperous industry. Even George Washington was known for his infamous Mount Vernon eggnog drink recipe, fortified with dark Jamaican rum.
  • How the rum is aged determines the color. If aged in stainless steel, it remains clear but if aged in oak barrels it gains a darker hue. Like with wine, the portion of rum aged in barrels that evaporates over time is called the “Angel’s Share” or the portion taken by the angels above.
  • Although made all over the world, most of the rum production occurs in the Caribbean and Latin America. Keep your eyes peeled for rum from Scotland, Austria, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Philippines, Reunion Island, Mauritius, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, the United States, Canada, and Nepal though.
  • Rum is known by many names. Including but not limited to: Nelson’s blood, kill-devil, demon water, pirate’s drink, navy neaters, Barbados water, grog, and rumbullion.
  • Eighteenth century sailors were often paid in rum. Not only did it fight off scurvy when mixed with lime juice, but during the 18th century sailors enjoyed receiving it as part of their benefits package.
  • To support increasing demands for sugar and rum, the triangular trade of rum, molasses and slaves was established between Africa, the Caribbean, and the colonies. Rum has even been a popular medium of economic exchange, used to fund enterprises such as slavery, organized crime, and even military insurgencies.


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