Jolly Jack Tar
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Jolly Jack Tar
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.62 / 5
I wanted a less citrusy tiki drink that would evoke more of a Manhattan feeling, so this is what I came up with. It's called a Jolly Jack Tar because ... more I wanted a less citrusy tiki drink that would evoke more of a Manhattan feeling, so this is what I came up with. It's called a Jolly Jack Tar because (a) it has a tiki/nautical theme, and (b) I'm British, so it seemed appropriate.
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Base ingredient
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Aged rum
Alcohol content
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26.79% | 2.63 units *

Method
How to make a Jolly Jack Tar

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Make the sugar syrup
Heat demerara sugar and water until it is dissolved, and add a teaspoon of vanilla essence
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
Strain into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with a ribbon of lemon peel, twisted round the glass the distribute the oil, and serve
~ The demerara sugar syrup could be SC Mai Tai syrup if you've got the Smuggler's Cove cocktail book. You can substitute with turbinado sugar syrup or brown sugar syrup at a pinch, or you can use simple syrup if you are in a rush. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly shake the Jolly Jack Tar cocktail?

To properly shake the Jolly Jack Tar, combine the Velvet Falernum, orange liqueur, sugar, aged rum, Peychaud's Bitters, and a small amount of vanilla essence in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker feels cold, usually about 15-20 seconds. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass to serve.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of bitters for Peychaud's Aromatic Bitters in the Jolly Jack Tar?

While Peychaud's Aromatic Bitters is preferred for its unique flavor profile, you can substitute it with Angostura bitters or another aromatic bitters if necessary. The taste will vary slightly, but it will still contribute to the cocktail's overall complexity.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the Jolly Jack Tar?

The Jolly Jack Tar is best served in a chilled cocktail glass. Optionally, you can garnish with an orange twist or a maraschino cherry to enhance its visual appeal and add a hint of additional flavor. Due to its strong flavor profile, serving it without ice (neat) highlights its taste nuances.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Jolly Jack Tar compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 26.79%, the Jolly Jack Tar is moderately strong compared to other classic cocktails. For example, a classic Margarita has an alcohol content around 33%, while a Manhattan has about 30%. This makes the Jolly Jack Tar a slightly lighter option, suitable for those preferring a less potent drink.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

What are some creative ways to customize the Jolly Jack Tar cocktail?

To customize the Jolly Jack Tar, you can experiment with different types of aged rum to adjust the flavor profile or add a splash of soda water for a fizzy variation. Additionally, infusing the sugar with herbs or spices such as cinnamon or basil can add an interesting twist to the cocktail.

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