Cocktail of the Month with The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
In the latest of a regular series, we ask local bartenders to showcase signature serves featuring the superb premium spirits brands presented by Proximo. Rhys Uprichard, cocktail bartender at Henry’s Belfast, creates a cocktail featuring The Kraken Black Spiced Rum.
Rhys Uprichard, cocktail bartender at Henry’s Belfast.
Hard Time cocktail
About the bartender
Rhys is relatively new to Henry’s, on Joys Entry in Belfast, and has only been working in the trade for two years. “Whenever I first started, it was a side job just for the weekend and it bored me a bit,” he says, but a move to The Stokers Halt ignited a passion for the art of bartending. “About a year ago, I was offered to go full time in The Stokers Halt and, from there, my love for all things drink took off,” says Rhys. “I’ve got a lot of friends in the bartending industry, who are doing really well, and I just want to learn and do as much as I can with bartending.” The social aspect of the job is a further draw. “You never know who’s going to come through the door any day,” he says. “And there’s just so much you can learn about. I’m a firm believer that every single bartender out there can teach me something, and I can teach every single bartender something. There are just so many different things to learn, and nobody’s ever going to perfect it.”
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
The featured spirit in this month’s signature serve is The Kraken Black Spiced Rum.
35ml The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
10ml Crème de Cacao
10ml Chocolate syrup
10ml Roasted hazelnut syrup
Shaken & double strained into a coupe
Coupe rimmed with cocoa powder
“The Kraken is one of my favourite rums, and I think each component of the drink plays on one of its flavour characteristics,” says Rhys. “You’ve got the nuttiness with the Frangelico, the chocolatey vanilla with the Crème de Cacao and, all together, it’s just a brilliant drink.”