What’s the first thing you think of when someone says, Jamaica?

Is it sandy beaches? Fastest man in the world? Jerk chicken? Those are great answers, but I think RUM should definitely be high on this list. Me personally, after Barbados, Jamaica is head of the class when it comes to Caribbean rum.

Let’s take a little trip to the north coast of Jamaica for a little sip sip in your cup shall we. This week’s Boat Drink recipe comes to us from the good folks at The Tryall Club.

Located 25 minutes west of Montego Bay, Harmony Hill villa is a private luxury villa at The Tryall Club that sits 350 feet above the blue Caribbean sea. With seven-bedrooms and your own personal bartender Harmony Hill will dazzle all. It’s a little more fancy than what I’m use too, hell I’d be happy with a hammock on the beach and a bottle of rum!

The villa’s bartender, Jerome Dellon, has given us this week’s drink recipe and it’s fittingly called the JD Special. Made with Appleton VX Jamaica Rum, June plum juice, lime juice, mango, melon and cucumber, the JD Special is sure to cool you down on a hot Caribbean day.

The JD Special Cocktail Recipe


  • 12 oz. Appleton VX Jamaica Rum
  • 6 oz. June Plum Juice 
  • 1 oz. Lime Juice
  • 8 slices of fresh mango
  • 1 handful of ice cubes
  • 4 cubes of melon
  • 4 thin slices cucumber (as garnish)

Mixing Instructions: Combine all liquids and fruit in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend so it forms a frosty texture and is almost frozen. Serve in a hurricane glass and garnish with fresh cucumber and melon cube. Raise glass and toast.

Castaways, let me know if you mix up a JD Special. I’m eager to know what you guys thought.

Thank you to Tryall Club for the great recipe!


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  1. Jeremy McDaniel August 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

    June Plum Juice? Interesting.. Agree with you on Jamaican rum, top notch. Although after the trip to the DR I have to throw them in the mix. HUGE rum culture, the number of brands and quality was outstanding! If only we could get more of all three islands in the states and get our liquor laws to allow the “rum shop” concept!

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    RumShopRyan August 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I’m with you Jeremy! If they did change I’d have a rum shop open on the beach quicker than the out going tide!


  3. Blake Simpson August 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Nice! I’m sure this recipe makes 4 drinks. The quantities given will make +/- 40 ounces which likely includes a nice sip for the bartender. 4 pieces of each of the garnishes seems to support this. Hurricane glasses each hold 10 ounces, or 300ml. If it is indeed, the recipe for only one drink, and you are buying, then Bring It On! I’m game! B.

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    RumShopRyan August 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Haha! Thanks for the comment Blake. Yes this recipe is for a few drinks. I should have mentioned that, don’t want people to go crazy and start using fish bowls or something. Even so, I’d be happy to buy the first round! Cheers!

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