The. Best. RUM COCKTAIL. ever!!!

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If we could only make one drink the rest of the summer, this amazing concoction of Dark Rum, Cinnamon Brown Sugar Simple Syrup, and Lemonade would have to be it. It’s refreshing, delectable, and just interesting enough to keep you hooked! Adriane discovered this drink from the folks at Mount Gay Rum while watching the Volvo Ocean Race take off from Newport, RI last month. Of course, she immediately had to run home to make it and what was most pleasing was just how simple it is to make! Enjoy this cocktail at your next BBQ – if you’re making it for a crowd, just multiply the recipe as needed and prep the drink in a big pitcher (or cooler.)

How to make what we’re calling ‘Cool for the Summer’

3 ounces Mount Gay or similar dark rum

6 ounces Fresh Lemonade

1 tablespoon Cinnamon-infused simple syrup (below)

1 fresh lime for garnish, or 2 sprigs mint

Ice and 2 tumblers or mason jars

Directions:  About an hour before you plan to make your cocktails, combine a few tablespoons each of brown sugar and water together, and toss in a cinnamon stick or two. If you don’t have any, a few dashes of cinnamon will do. Heat mixture until fully combined and sugar is dissolved. If you don’t have cinnamon sticks, be sure to filter syrup through a coffee filter. If you want more left over for future cocktails, do about 1/2 cup each brown sugar and water, and a heaping tablespoon of cinnamon.

When simple syrup is cooled, prepare your drinks. Over generous helpings of ice, combine rum, lemonade, and simple syrup. Stir and garnish with mint sprig, lime wedge, or both!

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