01.11.2016

Release The Kraken

By Jo Cooksey

The Kraken® Black Spiced Rum has launched a new, exclusive Limited edition ceramic bottle and we were chuffed to little mintballs to receive one. Just the thing to warm our cockles on these dark, chilly autumnal nights.

This glossy, black, ‘behandled and betentacled’ bottle is only available from Amazon UK from Tuesday 1st November – priced at £30.99. But you need to be quick because last year’s edition sold out in the blink of the mighty Kraken’s one terrible, yellow eye.

Until a few years ago, you could have your rum dark or white but now there is a whole plethora of spiced rums jockeying for position on the shelves of your local rum emporium or supermarket. We are particularly fond of the Kraken as, thanks to Capt. Jack, we have a bit of a thing about pirates. We reckon the design of the bottle is just the sort of thing any self-respecting swashbuckling buccaneer would want to be seen swigging from, whilst steering his ship through dangerous reefs. We love the whole design ethos of the brand. It feels like an experience rather than just a drink. The bold, black, rich and smooth rum inside the ceramic bottle is the same legendary black, spiced rum usually housed in its iconic glass bottle and delivers notes of cinnamon, vanilla, cherry and coffee aromas.

For those who don’t know, the Kraken is a gargantuan, mythical monster of the deep, which according to folklore would drag entire ships down into the depths, never to be seen again. It was purported to be a beast of many arms, like an octopus, with a terrifying mouth the size of a Caribbean desert island, lined with rows of razor sharp teeth. As Kraken rum says, “To not respect the power of the Kraken is to not respect the sea.” So drink with respect.

Along with bottle came a list of Kraken based cocktails and frankly we thought it would be rude to not at least try a couple. After much deliberation we decided to give The Perfect Storm and Kraken's Revenge a go.

Buy your limited edition bottle *here* while stocks last!

The Perfect Storm
Ingredients:
- 50ml Kraken Rum
- 170ml Ginger Beer
- Lime Wedge

How to make:
1.Build over ice into a pre-chilled glass, top with ginger beer and layer Kraken Rum over the top of the drink.
2. Serve in a 350ml Highball and garnish with a freshly squeezed lime wedge

Kraken's Revenge
Ingredients:
- 35ml Kraken
- 10ml lemon juice
- 75ml apple juice
- 75ml cider
- 15ml Ribena
- 1 lemon wedge

How to make:
1. Build the first 4 ingredients over cubed ice in a highball glass and drizzle with the blackcurrant cordial.
2. Serve in a 350ml Highball and garnish with a lemon wedge.

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