Cocktail Hour: Captain’s Vacation

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This week’s Cocktail Hour cocktail takes rum, pineapple juice, and lemon-lime soda, and combines them to make a delightfully tropical concoction!  Read more to get the recipe for one of my favorite Cocktail Hour cocktails so far!

I finally got my hands on some rum, thanks to a BYOB Memorial Day BBQ at my place!  Good thing, because I have been dying to try out one specific drink that I keep seeing pop up all over Recipe4LivingIt’s called a Captain’s Vacation and it looks AMAZING. I mean, how could you see this photo and not want to make this?

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I loved that it was super easy to make, had only a few ingredients, and looked pretty, too.  Here’s the full recipe:

* ice cubes
* 6 oz. pineapple juice
* 1 1.5-oz. jigger spiced rum
* 1 C. lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the pineapple juice and spiced rum. Top off with enough lemon-lime soda to fill the glass.

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Note #1: I didn’t have any pineapple juice, so I just poured off the juice from a can of pineapple.  The amount of pineapple juice in the can ended up being EXACTLY 6 ounces, too!  I’m a genius.

Note #2: I didn’t have any spiced rum, so I used Bacardi Gold, instead.

Note #3:  You will not use anywhere near a full cup of soda.  If you actually fill the glass with ice like the recipe says, you will only end up having room for about 2 ounces of soda.

Note #4: I have no idea how to beautifully layer the drink like it is in the photo.

But let’s get to the tasting, shall we?  One thing to keep in mind: I’m not a huge fan of rum.  Well, I hate rum, actually. When I took my first sip, all I could taste was rum and I was not too pleased about that.  However, after mixing it up a bit more, I started slurping down that drink like I had spent a week in the desert.

It was GOOD.  Really good.  Very refreshing and very tropical- definitely a sitting-by-the-pool kinda drink. Next time, I might put in less ice and more soda, as the pineapple juice dominated the flavor.  And spiced rum would definitely add a little something to it.

Overall, this is one of my favorite Cocktail Hour beverages so far, and I don’t even like rum!  It’s the perfect summer cocktail and a must-try, for sure!

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