Papa’s Pilar rum named for Ernest Hemingway’s thirst for exploration

A new rum is hoping to channel Ernest Hemingway’s spirit of adventure in its fans as it becomes available in more states around the country, including Texas.

Papa’s Pilar, named after Hemingway and his muse, comes in both dark and blonde varieties. They are a selection of rums from the Caribbean and Central America that are then brought to the U.S. to age and blend in American oak bourbon barrels, port wine casks and Spanish sherry casks. Papa’s Pilar Dark, which won a double gold medal at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, is a bold rum with a long, velvety finish; Papa’s Pilar Blonde is more crisp.

Bartender Larry Miller created a punch using the blonde rum for the Austin bar Peche.

Papa’s Curacao Punch

1 oz. Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum

.75 oz. Cognac

.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

.25 oz. simple syrup

Combine ingredients and serve over crushed ice in a Collins glass.

— Larry Miller