Bottoms Up, Matey! It’s the Kentucky Privateer Tiki Cocktail

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Ahoy, y’all! Embark on a flavor journey like no other with the Kentucky Privateer, a cocktail that promises to captivate your taste buds and elevate your drinking experience. This distinctive concoction marries the boldness of Kentucky bourbon with the exotic allure of spiced rum, creating a symphony of flavors that is both innovative and timeless.

The Kentucky Privateer Ingredients: A Sea of Flavors

At the heart of the Kentucky Privateer is Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon, renowned for its high rye content and bold, spicy character that provides a robust foundation. And you all know how much I really like using Bulleit in my cocktails. Complementing the bourbon’s fire is Kraken Spiced Rum, adding a mysterious depth with its rich notes of caramel and exotic spices. This dynamic duo is perfectly balanced by the tropical sweetness of passionfruit, banana, and pineapple, creating a cocktail that is as complex as it is refreshing.

A dash of grenadine introduces a subtle sweetness and a hint of color, while orgeat syrup adds an almond-like richness, rounding off the edges of this spirited blend. The result is a drink that is as layered and intriguing as the tales of privateers on the high seas.

Presentation: An Ode to Elegance

Served in a chilled, sugar-rimmed margarita glass, the Kentucky Privateer is not just a drink but a spectacle. The sugar rim adds a crunch that contrasts beautifully with the smooth, rich liquid, making every sip a multisensory experience. Garnished with dried sugared orange wheels, the cocktail is a feast for the eyes, reminiscent of a golden sunset over the Caribbean Sea.

Crafting the Kentucky Privateer

To create this masterpiece at home, begin by chilling your margarita glass in the freezer to ensure it keeps your cocktail delightfully cold. Rim the edge of the glass with sugar, adding a decorative touch and a sweet contrast to the drink’s complex flavors.

In a shaker, combine the ingredients below. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled. Strain the mixture into your prepared glass and garnish with two dried sugared orange wheels.

A Cocktail Worth Exploring

The Kentucky Privateer is more than just a cocktail; it’s an adventure in a glass. It invites connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike to explore the rich tapestry of flavors that can only be found when daring spirits come together. Whether you’re a fan of bourbon, rum, or the tantalizing taste of tropical fruits, this cocktail promises a journey of discovery with every sip.

So why not cast off the ordinary and set sail with the Kentucky Privateer? It’s a voyage of flavor you won’t want to miss.

The Kentucky Privateer

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  • 1.5 ounce 1.5 Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • .75 ounce .75 Kraken Spiced Rum

  • .75 ounce .75 Banana liqueur

  • .75 ounce .75 Pineapple juice

  • .5 ounce .5 Liber & Co. Passionfruit syrup

  • 1 dash 1 Grenadine

  • 1 bar spoon 1 Liber & Co. Orgeat syrup

  • 3-4 dashes 3-4 Fee Foam


  • In a shaker, combine all ingredients above.
  • Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled
  • Strain the mixture into a chilled margarita glass rimmed with sugar
  • Garnish with two dried, sugared orange wheels



  • This recipe was submitted in a contest sponsored by Steve the Bartender for best original tiki-inspired cocktails

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