For this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast, I spoke with Andrew “ AJ” Garcia, the co-founder of Filipino Rum brand Don Papa Rum. This premium small-batch rum made from native sugar cane in the Philippines was created in 2011 by the Bleeding Heart Rum Company, but has only recently been making its mark on the states.
In town from the Philippines, AJ and I discussed the genesis of this spirit, the unusual barrel aging process, if spirits can have a terroir and the inspiration behind the name, Don Papa.
Ben Rojo – the national brand ambassador of Don Papa Rum was also in town and sat in on my interview with AJ. I wanted to get his take on the rum category as a whole, and the difference in Rum culture in the states versus other countries.
This week’s cocktail recipe is a simple daiquiri recipe that works great with the 7 year Don Papa Rum expression.
Don Papa Rum Daiquiri
2 oz Don Papa Rum
1 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
Garnish: Lime Wheel
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
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