We’ve already told you about Blue Chair Bay, Kenny Chesney’s line of island-inspired rums that are the perfect accompaniment for just about any summer activity. (Except for driving, keep safe out there, friends!) Unlike some other celebrity spirits entrepreneurs, Chesney take an extremely hands-on approach to his products, down to picking out the colors for the bottles.
As great as these rums are to sip over ice on a hot day, sometimes you just want a nice breezy cocktail in your hand to enjoy poolside or during an afternoon on the lake. Ace mixologist Monica Gray recently visited Nashville to share some of her favorite recipes, so grab some paper umbrellas and a cocktail shaker and get ready to have a little fun with Blue Chair Bay!
2 ounces Blue Chair Bay Spiced Rum
Fill a rocks glass or copper mug with ice. Pour Blue Chair Bay Spiced Rum over ice and top with ginger beer. Stir until cold. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if you’re feeling fancy!
When this latest addition to the Blue Chair Bay line was released in February, it immediately chained the spiced rum game. Full of tropical vanilla character and spicy cinnamon notes, Blue Chair Bay Spiced Rum is ideal with cola as part of a Cuba Libre or as part of a mule.
1 ½ ounces Blue Chair Bay Premium White Rum
1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1 ounce Simple Syrup (1:1 mix of water and sugar)
6 Mint Leaves
Place the mint leaves and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle them until you can really smell the mint. Add rum and ice and shake well. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with more mint and a lime wedge.
If you think you have to drink wine or beer with your dinner, think again! Try this famous Cuban cocktail as an accompaniment to seafood dishes or some grilled fish tacos for a fabulous meal.
1 ½ ounces Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
1 ounce Orange Juice
1 ounce Pineapple Juice
2 ounces Lemon-lime Soda
Add ingredients to a tall glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.
Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum is the most popular flavor in the entire line and is released every year in a special commemorative bottle. If you haven’t already started collecting them, start with the 2019 edition coming out in October. Sip on a few of these delightful and easy cocktails while you wait, or grab one at every Kenny Chesney show where they are a mainstay at arena bars.
My, My, My Key Lime
3 ounces Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream
½ ounce Blue Chair Bay Vanilla Rum
2 ounces Coconut Water
Crushed Graham Crackers
Wet the edge of a cocktail glass with a lime wedge and rim the glass with graham cracker crumbs. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the rums and coconut water and shake until chilled. Shake about long enough to hear Kenny sing his hit “Coconut Tree.” Strain into the rimmed cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel and a cherry.
Kenny says this is his favorite cocktail made with his favorite variety of Blue Chair Bay. Thanks to the addition of coconut water, this is actually a fairly low-calorie drink, so you can have more than one without feeling too guilty.