We also shared some secrets about the real Captain Morgan, along with a few recipes for enjoying Captain Black in a cocktail – shaken or stirred.
In this installment of the series, we have more drink recipes – three party punch recipes your group of friends will love – and some secrets and history about classic cocktails.
What Came First the Cocktail or the Captain?
To find the inspiration for Captain Morgan Black, mixologists went back in time to find out what traditionally made cocktails so special. What was the secret in the sauce? Simplicity.
In alcohol’s early days, you didn’t order a drink by name – you ordered a drink. And that drink was a mix of either whiskey or brandy and some variety of bitters, vermouth, sours and water.
There were no specialty cocktails and designer drinks, which is how the most classic cocktail of all time got its name. According to famous mixologist Toby Maloney, “The begrudged, old man doesn’t want anything fancy, he wants an old fashioned.”
So when custom cocktails and mixed drinks began to take over the alcohol industry – those looking for a return to the classic only needed to remind the bartender that he was looking for an Old Fashioned. Documented as the first cocktail in the world, the Old Fashioned – a mix of dissolved sugar, bitters and brandy or whisky – was the start and end of two very different eras of drinking.
While it was in the early 1800s when the drink recipe for the Old Fashioned was referred to as the first cocktail by a publication in Hudson, New York, it wasn’t until the 1880s when the cocktail got its true name. At a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky, bartender James E. Pepper is said to have given the drink its famous label.
Want to try an Old Fashioned? Check out Part One of our series to for instructions on creating the classic cocktail with Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum.
Create a Captain Black Punch for a Group
Have a lot of thirsty friends? Grab a bottle of Captain Black and mix up one of these punches with a punch.
Captain Morgan Black Privateer Punch (Serves 35)
- 1 750 mL bottle of Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
- 3 750 mL Bottle of Red Wine
- 1 750 mL Bottle of Cherry Juice
- 2 Sliced Oranges
- 2 Sliced Lemons
- 2 Sliced Limes
- 1/2 lb Pitted Cherries
- 2 L Cola
Chill all ingredients. In a large punch bowl, crush the fresh fruit to extract the juices. Combine liquids and add a large black of ice. Serve the punch in wine glassed with pieces of fruit.
Captain Morgan Black Tortuga Nights (Serves 30)
- 1 750 mL Bottle Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
- 2 750 mL Bottle White Zinfandel
- 24 oz. Pineapple Juice
- 12 L Bottle of Lemon-Lime Soda
- 4 Sliced Limes
- 30 Pitted Cherries
Chill all ingredients. In a large punch bowl, combine Rum, wine, pineapple juice and soda. Add a large block of ice. In each wine glass, add two cherries and a slice of lime, crushing the fruit with a spoon to extract the juices. Ladle the punch into the prepared glasses for serving.
Captain Morgan Black Wild Ginger (Serves 30)
- 1 750 mL Bottle of Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
- 2 750 mL Bottles of dry white wine
- 24 ozpineapple juice
- 6 ozSour Mix
- 12 LBottle of Ginger Ale
- 3 SlicedOranges
- 4 Sliced Lemons
- 1 Bunch of Fresh Mint
Chill all ingredients. In a large punch bowl, crush the fresh fruit to extract the juices. Add Run, wine, pineapple juice, sour mix and ginger ale. Add a large clock of ice and serve the punch in wine glasses with pieces of fruit and a spring of mint.