The combination of seaside relaxation, sunset gazing and sipping on some fine swills seems like a far-fetched idea for many. Sailor Jerry, the bold and smooth-as-hell original spiced rum, invites you to mix up the South Seas cocktail – typically made to give you the feeling that you’re on a beach somewhere exotic, irrespective of your actual location. 

That doesn’t quite clear up what the South Seas combination really is, though, does it? That’s because South Seas is many things. On the surface, it’s a celebration of the sea, tropics and relaxing, with a deeper undertaking of good will between matured grapes and spiced rum. The combination of which takes the edge off the rum.

Traditionally, there were two ways to take the edge off rum. One was to age the liquid in wooden casks, which sailors rarely bothered with. The other way was to blend in spices. This is what most sailors did and it’s what we do

Our higher proof spirit is historically accurate. In fact, the term “proof” comes from the method whereby sailors could assure their rum rations weren’t being watered down. The ship’s captain would ladle out a sample from the day’s rum barrel in front of the men, douse it with gunpowder, and give it a spark — if the rum was full strength, the powder ignited, giving sailors “proof” of the integrity of their rum.

Staying true to the old-school tradition of spicing high-proof rum results in a uniquely bold, smooth and balanced liquid. You can do all kinds of creative, tasty things with Sailor Jerry, and the South Seas cocktail is an ideal blend to help you unwind and imagine an ignited and blissful day at the seaside.

However, the question remains, why would the combination of Sailor Jerry Rum and wine taste so damn good? Apparently it’s based on old-school DIY sailor recipes infused with exotic Asian spices, meaning it’s pretty much born to taste amazing. Put ‘em together and you get the perfect balance of spice and subtle, mature, sweetness in the South Seas cocktail.



2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

2 parts red wine

½ part fresh lemon juice

Lemon-lime soda


  1. Build Sailor Jerry, wine and juice in a rocks-filled mixing glass.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into a rocks-filled highball or pint glass.
  4. Top with soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Remember, great cocktails start with responsible measuring.