Born out of the desire for Australians to feel culturally connected, Appleton Estate recently decided that a unique cross-cultural exchange was in order – involving cocktails, of course.

Kingston to Kingston sees local Kingston, Brisbane bartender Leah Stevens meet up with Kingston, Jamaica bartender Sheldon Spencer. Guided by Sheldon, Leah was taken on a journey through the rich history of Appleton Estate rum inspired by the vibrant culture of Jamaica. Likewise, Leah showed Sheldon… uh, footy and smashed avo?

Anyway, the entire point comes to this: to celebrate their journey, they created three unique cross-cultural rum cocktails – and we have the recipes for you to try at home, to celebrate World Rum Day!


This cocktail combines fresh lime juice with cold pressed sugarcane (Jamaica’s most influential crop) and lemon myrtle (a delicious Australian native).


  • 30ml Appleton Estate Signature Blend
  • 15ml Appleton Estate Rare Blend
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 45 to 60ml freshly pressed sugar cane juice (depending on sweetness)
  • 4 to 6 leaves of bruised/muddles fresh lemon myrtle leaves


  • Shake the two high quality rums and then strained over a large block of ice or good quality rocks.
  • Garnish with a few leaves of fresh lemon myrtle and a spray of lemon myrtle tincture. 


Jamaica is a melting pot of cultures all existing in one place. This rum cocktail embodies ‘Out of Many One People’ –  Jamaica’s motto and willingness to embrace others with open arms, combining different ingredients and flavours to form a rich, delicious tipple.


  • 45ml Appleton Estate Signature Blend
  • 15ml Grand Marnier
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 30ml Charlie’s White peach & passionfruit juice
  • 10ml Monin Orgeat syrup


  • Simply shake & fine strain into a Coupe Glass
  • Garnish with an orange twist & cherry on a skewer


Many a fine tale has begun on a dark ‘n’ stormy night. This classic dark rum cocktail is a favourite for adventurers from all around the world – people who yearn for a new horizon.


  • 30ml Appleton Estate Signature Blend 
  • 100ml Ginger beer
  • 10ml fresh lime juice
  • Glass: Short glass


  • Build in glass filled with ice
  • Garnish with mint leaves and raspberries

Have you tried making any of these? Tag our cocktail recipe Instagram @cocktailjournal to show us your goods! Images provided by Appleton Estate.

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