The Barrel Ride cocktail is a summery curacao cocktail drink that transports you to white sandy beaches and spectacular surf.
If you have school-age kids, you've likely attended and/or helped coordinate a school auction or two. Big selling packages in our area, aside from the kid-focused items like camps and teacher experiences, are the auction packages that offer parents a fun day/night/weekend out. I am SO grateful to all of our local wineries, breweries, and distilleries who donate these packages to help us raise funds for our schools!
And, as an auction bidder, I am more than happy to contribute to funds that help our school programs while also getting a really cool experience out of it.
Case in point: Indio Spirits Distillery.
They graciously donated an auction package that included a ride in their stylish party bus from the school to the Indio Spirits tasting room close by.
At the tasting room, we enjoyed cocktail tastings and a tour from Indio Spirits' Mark Teague. While all of the cocktails we tried were delicious in their own way, my very favorite was The Barrel Ride.
Curacao Cocktail: The Barrel Ride
This drink. Oh my.
Much like the name of this drink, which refers to riding the inside of a wave, The Barrel Ride is like the Holy Grail of curacao cocktails: sweet, but not too sweet, and just enough alcohol to keep you warm and fuzzy without going over the edge. The base of this cocktail is the Indio Spirits Barrel Room Curacao, then mixed with ginger beer, pineapple, orange peel, and cranberry. It's a tropical drink without the saccharine sweet pucker mouthfeel. It's perfect for a night out with good friends when you have a designated driver!
Indio Spirits Barrel Room Curacao
When you hear that a drink has Curacao rum in it, your mind might automatically conjure up images of bright blue beachy cocktails. True Curacao is not, in fact, blue at all.
Curacao is a tasty liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the laraha citrus fruit, which is sort of like an orange, grown on the island of Curaçao. The origins of when companies started adding bright blue dye to Curacao are murky, but in general, most stories include the demand for tropical drinks that remind imbibers of bright blue waters and white sand beaches. So, go ahead and order your neon blue drinks, but know that those drinks are even better tasting without the funky blue dye.
I am not a fan of super sweet tropical drinks, so I am a HUGE fan of this Barrel Ride. It's got just a splash of sweetness and a whole lot of sass.
Thanks so much to Indio Spirits for sharing this recipe with me, so I can share it with all of you on this #MixologyMonday! Cheers!
- 1 ½ ounce Indio Spirits Barrel Room Curacao
- Splash of ginger beer
- Dash of orange bitters
- Splash of cranberry
- Splash of pineapple
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake.
- Pour over ice in a cocktail glass.
- Add a float of Indio Spirits Barrel Room Rum
- Add a squeeze of lime