Summer is now fully upon us and that means one thing: long days by the water. Whether it’s the pool, the lake, or the ocean, nothing goes quite as well with a day on the water like a nice tropical drink to cool you down in the hot sun. This is one of my favorites and it’s based on a character from one of my favorite books, which also happens to be set in the tropics: Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson. The Long John Silver is reminiscent of summer days marauding across the seven seas and it’s the perfect accompaniment if you’re living it up on the water (or just wish you were). This drink can be made two different ways, depending on your mood and the size of your crew. I’ll include both recipes.
Long John Silver (Version 1):
1 part rum
1 part tequila
2 parts pineapple juice
Dash of lime juice
Jalapeño and lime slices (to garnish)
Version 1 is the simplest way to mix your cocktail. It just requires a glass and a stir stick or spoon. Mix all the ingredients in a glass (or a pitcher if your whole crew is aboard) and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime and add the jalapeños to your taste. If you balked at the thought of putting hot peppers in your drink, don’t be afraid. You can adjust the level of heat you infuse your drink with by removing some of the seeds and ribs from the pepper before adding it (that’s where the pepper’s heat is stored). If you like to spice it up, go ahead and leave it all in!
Long John Silver (Version 2 serves 6-8)
This is a quick way to make drinks if you’re serving a crowd, but it does require a blender. I’ve changed the proportions up a bit to compensate for the added ice.
1/2 cup rum
1/2 cup tequila
2 cups pineapple juice
Juice of one lime
2 cups ice
Jalapeño and lime slices to garnish
Add ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with slices of lime and jalapeño.
Drink up, me hearties. YO HO!!