Shannon Mustipher’s Kill Devyl Reef Cocktail

Kill Devyl Reef Cocktail. Photo by Noah Fecks


    Three iconic rum styles, each prized for qualities exclusive to their respective categories, contribute their signature aromas and flavors to this high-octane play on the Planter’s Punch.

    Heady floral notes intermingle with dried fruit on the nose. Allspice dram brings a savory element to the proceedings, backed up by the robust, dark, earthy notes of the Demerara rum, while passion fruit and honey add delicate sweetness to soften the drink.

    Recommended spirits: Hamilton 86 Demerara Rum, Damoiseau 100 Proof Rhum Agricole Blanc, Hampden Estate Rum Fire Overproof and St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram.


    2 ounces Demerara rum
    ½ ounce rhum agricole
    ½ ounce overproof Jamaican rum
    ½ ounce allspice dram
    ½ ounce honey
    1 ounce passion fruit juice
    ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
    Mint sprig
    Whole nutmeg, grated


    Combine all but the garnish in a shaker with cubed ice. Shake and strain into a snifter or tiki mug over pebbled ice. Garnish with mint and freshly grated nutmeg.

    — From “Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails,” Rizzoli, 2019.

    Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Brownstoner magazine. It was completed before the pandemic.

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