This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Don Q rum. All opinions are 100% mine.
Rum is kind of my go-to when making cocktails. I love the smooth, sweet flavor it lends. We are partnering with Don Q, purveyor of world renown aged Puerto Rican rums for this Persimmmon Spiced Rum Old Fashioned.
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This cocktail captures the spirit of fall and the tropics in a glass. I’ve combined persimmon with Don Q Spiced Rum for an exceptional libation. Persimmons are sweet and perfumy. It’s hard to describe their flavor precisely if you haven’t tasted it before. They’re just…delicious. And they work very well in cocktails. I’ve used both sliced and pureed persimmon in cocktails before, but for this Spiced Rum Old Fashioned, I decided to use the puree because muddling it in a glass is a bit messy and requires a shaker with strainer. The puree is easier and what’s more, you can keep it in the freezer in single serving portions – an ice cube tray works great for that. (More in my notes under the recipe.)
If you haven’t had the chance to try persimmon before, now is the perfect time–it’s not in season very long! You can find it at most fruit markets or specialty grocers. Because the persimmon is pretty sweet on its own, I don’t typically add too much extra sweetener. We don’t want it to be too overpowering. The few dashes of Angostura bitters balance out the sweetness. And then we get to the rum. Oh, the rum! This rum is good. I like rum quite a lot, but I’ve never had one quite like Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum.
Traditionally an Old Fashioned is made with whiskey, but the flavor of the Don Q Spiced Rum having been aged in oak barrels adds exceptional flavor, and I’m not sure I’ll ever make an Old Fashioned with whiskey again! It’s really smooth and flavorful on its own, but it takes rum cocktails to the next level.
This Persimmon Spiced Old Fashioned would be a fun, festive cocktail to serve on Thanksgiving or any at fall or winter soiree. The color, as you can see, is lovely, and the flavor unmatched. The perfect fall cocktail, in my opinion. Check the store locator to find Don Q rum near you. Follow Don Q on Instagram @DonQrum and #UnQuestionable.
Persimmon Spiced Rum Old Fashioned
Yield 1 cocktail
The perfect fall cocktail – a blend of oak barrel aged spiced Puerto Rican rum and floral, sweet persimmon with a splash of sparkling water.
- 1 ounce persimmon puree (see notes)
- 1 teaspoons raw honey, simple syrup, or sugar
- 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 ounces Don Q Spiced Rum
- Orange sparkling water or club soda (optional)
- Stir together persimmon puree, sweetener, and bitters in an old fashioned glass.
- Add crushed ice. Top with Don Q Spiced Rum and a splash of sparkling water or club soda. Serve immediately.
To make Persimmon Puree, remove stems and leaves from 2 medium Fuyu persimmons. Dice and place in a blender with 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice or water. Puree until smooth. Store in fridge for 3-4 days, or freeze for several months. For individual servings, spoon 1 tablespoon of the puree into an ice cube tray and freeze. Store cubes in freezer-safe container or bag.