I admit, I’m a few days late. The namesake behind Sailor Jerry Rum, Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins was a tattoo artist born on 14 January 1911. His artwork is pretty iconic, elements of which can be seen through his tattoos, the artwork of his proteges who include Ed Hardy and, of course, the Sailor Jerry Rum.
For me, his tattoos were a big part of the vintage and rockabilly scene, alongside the work of Vince Ray. Both helped cement my love for vintage, for headscarves and pencil skirts, and more importantly tattoos.
So my date and I set off to investigate these for ourselves – any excuse for a Monday night cocktail.
Perhaps the sweetest and most tiki of all is Hula. With passionfruit, pineapple and lime, it hits all the tropical notes, but still manages to not be overly sweet. There’s a little acidity that balances it and a tickle of spice from the ginger. If you love a tiki style cocktail, this one is for you.
For me The Rose is perfect before dinner. Rose, guava, lime and hibiscus all blend into a lightly floral drink that hits the tastebuds and wakes them up. Ideal if you’re popping into Banyan for a little nibble. Or something more… Substantial.
I can highly recommend the Bayan Sharer (which we enjoyed on this visit), the Crossfit Forge Burger, and the Bang Bang Chicken Salad).
The final cocktail on offer, The Anchor is the perfect pick me up. Alongside the rum, Tia Maria, espresso and caramel all go together to make this well balanced twist on an espresso Martini.
It was so good, we had two.
The cocktails are available for a limited period, so if you, like us, had a Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday for that matter) you can grab your own rum laden treat to make everything better (or you could treat yourself to a full limited edition bottle), and wish Sailor Jerry himself a very happy birthday.
With thanks to Sailor Jerry and Banyan for the invitation to sample the cocktails, and the sharing platter, which was bloody delicious.