If you travel to the Dominican Republic, amongst the beautiful beaches, the views, and the people – You will find an ever-present bottle of Brugal rum. From clubs, to bars, to beaches – The ubiquitous bottle of Brugal is one you cannot miss.
You just can’t. It’s there, everywhere – Like Dominican slang, merengue, and the plucking guitar sounds of bachata.
Brugal rum has developed a rep among Dominicans; a rep which probably dates as far back as the rum’s inception in 1888. You either love it or hate it with a passion. There is no middle ground. When you love it, it’s your jam for life, but when you hate it – Sure enough – it’s gotten you in trouble.
Deep, deep trouble.
Dominicans have a saying, translated from spanish about Brugal:
Brugal… When you drink it – You either f*** or fight.
I believe the phrase “Drink Responsibly” was created with Brugal rum in mind.
So where do I fit in?
I’m not at liberty to discuss such details. I am a lady, hot dammit! Rest assured, regardless of my rough patches with this delicious amber liquid, Brugal remains my jam.
We’re tight, Brugal and me. When a recipe calls for dark rum, Brugal is the bottle I reach for; the bottle with a distinctive net.
Flow with me…. I’ve got something to show you, and Brugal rum is all up in it.
I’ve been thinking about agua frescas.
What is an Agua Fresca?
Glad you asked.
Agua frescas are a combination of fruits, cereals, or flowers blended with sugar and water to create a light beverage. They’re popular in Mexico and Central America, among other countries and are highly refreshing.
You see… I wanted to make you something along those lines – Light and refreshing, but with a VERY HEALTHY shot of rum.
You start this jammy by making a watermelon agua fresca, the jumping point of this slammin’ cocktail. I mean, what goes down easier and is more refreshing than watermelon juice? The recipe for this agua fresca is super simple – Just blend the watermelon with water and strain the pulp. Add some sugar– And there you have it – Agua fresca. This recipe makes about half a gallon of agua fresca, which means you can make cocktails like a mofo.
For your mofos.
I went the individual cocktail route – ‘cause I want to be all fancy and shit, serving individuals like a voluptuous June Cleaver; a June Cleaver who wants to see you drunk. It’s just how I do.
Feel free to dump the agua fresca in a punch bowl with mint leaves, limes, watermelon chunks, and a VERY HEALTHY dose of rum. And when I say a healthy dose, I really mean a bottle of very cold dark rum, preferably Brugal. Stick a ladle in that piece; let that be your party conversation starter. Or the reason your party IS the conversation 3 weeks later.
Now, I would be remiss if I don’t mention – Or warn – This cocktail goes down SMOOTH. Its a ninja stealth “LEVEL EXPERT” situation cocktail; meaning it looks harmless and goes down smooth like an agua – Then POW! Next thing you know, there’s the ninja star of bad decisions on your forehead and you’re knocked on your ass.
Just sayin’, homies…
Make the watermelon agua fresca:
Add the watermelon to a blender and puree until mostly smooth. Add water and puree until incorporated and smooth. Strain of its pulp into a sealable jar. Add sugar and give it a shake until the sugar is incorporated. Taste and adjust the sugar as needed.
This makes about half a gallon of agua fresca.
Make the cocktail:
To an 8oz glass add the lime, mint, and cubed watermelon. Crush with a cocktail muddler or a wooden spoon until the juices of the lime and watermelon are released. Fill the glass with ice; pour agua fresca till about ¾ of the way, then top with rum. Or you can go half on it – Half a glass of agua fresca, followed by half a glass of rum. It’s your cocktail, homeslice.
Agua fresca makes about 8-10 cocktails.