Rum Cocktails: The Revised Bees Knees

by Pamela

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When a cocktail is named “Santa Claus is Back in Town” what images does your mind conjure up? Something minty? Something red or green? How about a spiced rum recipe, with more spices and a hint of lime? Confused? Don’t be…it’s just one of the many fun cocktails on the menu at Mo-Chica LA. It may not be Peruvian, like the food, but it sure is delicious. And I’ve created my copycat version in homage to the original. Rum cocktails don’t get much easier than this.

So you’re out to dinner and you’re really lovin’ the food and drink being placed before you. You savor every morsel…every drop and then it’s gone. You may have even gone so far as to lick your plate clean and wipe drops from your glass with your finger (not that I’ve ever done something so uncouth myself…I’ve just seen it happen). Now what? Did you rob a bank before you arrived at the restaurant and order everything again or are you satisfied just having this delicious food and drink and basking in your memories of it? Puh-lease! After your first bite/sip you were analyzing the flavors because you knew damn well you were going to try to recreate it at home.

After my dinner at Mo-Chica, I decided that I wasn’t going to attempt re-creating the Peruvian delicacies (no, it’s my excuse to keep going back). But I did decide that the cocktails I enjoyed were going to be served up out of my cocktail shaker.

The menu description of Santa Claus is Back in Town is simple enough – altlantico reserva rum, elizabeth all spice and fresh lime juice. Score one for the easy cocktails (A 3 ingredient cocktail – hell yeah). Of course, I have enough bottles of booze at my house now to qualify as a well stocked bar, so I didn’t really feel like laying out the cash to buy more bottles of hooch. I’ve got at least 5 different types of rum, hence my previous rum cocktails that have appeared on the site. And the all spice liqueur?…hello, I’m a food blogger, I’ve got all spice in my cupboard.

So this spiced rum recipe gets an even spicier kick with the addition of some all spice infusing. Don’t be put of by the infusing…this is a simple one. I grabbed my bottle of Sailor Jerry spiced rum and tossed in some cracked all spice for 48 hours. Voila! infused rum. No special treatment, no long waiting period (easy infusion begets easy cocktails).

If you look at this recipe closely, you may think it looks familiar. Sure, it kind of looks like an original daiquiri (not of the fruity frozen kind topped with whipped cream). It also looks like a Bees Knees, that classic cocktail made with gin, honey and lemon juice. That’s why I’m calling this The Revised Bees Knees.

So this summer, make up some rum cocktails, and not just of the tiki persuasion. Have some fun with all the different types of rum that are out there. And sample some of the rum cocktails that are popping up on bar and restaurant menus near you. Sip carefully and make friends with the bartender and you’ll be making your own versions of your favorites at home.

 Relationship Advice

A new feature for the relationship advice on Friday. I thought this might be fun (yes, the graphs and charts will stay during the week).

We’ve all been to (or dragged to) bridal showers. Many times one of the little “games” they play is handing out a slip of paper on which you are to write some sage advice for the bride or couple to help make their marriage last. Having almost hit 13 years of the wedded stuff myself, I’m not a big fan of the overly mushy/textbook bs. I’m all about the real advice. If I’m sitting at their shower, they’ve already ignored my first round of advice, which is: don’t do it. So that being said…

Men are not stupid, they just act like that so that we’ll lower our expectations.


Recipe: Rum Cocktails: The Revised Bees Knees


  • 3 Ounces Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • 6 All Spice Berries – cracked (you can find these in the spice aisle of your grocery store)
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1Tablespoon Warm Water
  • 1 – 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice (to taste)


  1. Pour the rum and cracked all spice berries into a jar with a lid. (Crack the berries by pressing on them with the side of a wide blade knife)
  2. Cover the jar and give them a good shake.
  3. Shake periodically over the course of 48 hours.
  4. Add the honey and warm water to a cocktail shaker and stir until the honey is melted.
  5. Add the infused rum (strain out the all spice as you add it to the shaker) to the shaker.
  6. Add in the lime juice.
  7. Put a few ice cubes into the shaker.
  8. Cover and shake just enough to chill the mixture.
  9. Strain into 2 coupe glasses.
  10. Serve.

Quick notes

I used 2 all spice berries per ounce of spiced rum. So if you want to make more, use that ratio to calculate your infusion.

Preparation time: 48 hour(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: USA (General)




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RecipeNewZ June 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I found this post though Pinterest. The photo was so beautiful that I just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site :-).

Julia June 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

Oh aaaaaall the rum you could have suggested, Sailor Jerry’s is the 1 kind we always have, it’s Jon’s favorite! And he’s a total honey freak! Can’t wait to make this for him!

Pamela June 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

I think he’s really going to like this then. I’m pretty sure you will too. 😉 I fell in love with it as soon as I smelled it.

myfudo June 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

Great advice! Santa Claus is Back in Town? Something cinnamon-y- and mocha is the first thing that will scome to mind. Anyhow, this looks like something worthy trying. Thanks!

Dominik MJ • the opinionated alchemist June 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

This sounds great! There is only one little problem – I really dislike Sailor Jerry.
Funny enough, it is quite connected to your advise… at least partially.

I always disliked the Spiced Captain – but when I have heard [and seen online] the “new” Sailor Jerry, and when I read about it, my expectations were sky high. When I tried it, I was so disappointed, that the Sailor doesn’t make it in any of my portfolios of spirits in any bar.
But even funnier – making your own spiced rum is so easy! You need: Allspice but also vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, some lime and orange zest, mace, a but nutmeg, star anise, black pepper; optional long pepper and grain of paradise, tonka bean [and every other brown spice, you have on hand]. Put it into the rum and let it infuse for one day – take out the tonka bean [it is powerful stuff] and let it infuse for another day – take out the cloves and let it infuse for another day – then you take out the cinnamon and let the rest infuse for a couple of more days [depends on your taste] – after it taste “spicy” take out the rest, but the vanilla [vanilla gives the smoothness, and you could apparently leave it in the mix until you are using it – even until the bottle is finished].

It is really easy – and you don’t have to do all the fishing – you just have to be carefully about the most powerful spices…

Suzy June 3, 2012 at 3:25 am

Rum and allspice sounds Jamaican. I love rum cocktails and will try this asap.

Pamela June 3, 2012 at 9:09 am

It does have a Jamaican vibe about it.

Alex @ Intoxicology101 June 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I like this one. Simple and complex at the same time. Love your drink suggestions btw.

Pamela June 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thanks Alex.

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 2, 2012 at 1:56 am

The revised Bees Knees is definitely the bees knees. Sounds delicious!

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