And the Winner is...

Gunpowder Cream

Marianne Britt Duvendack, Swanton, OH

  • 1 oz. pure maple syrup
  • 1½ oz. amber, aged rum
  • 2-3 oz. unsweetened English Breakfast tea, chilled
  • ¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. whipped cream
  • Dash finely ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick

Chill a 6 oz. Martini glass. Mix whipped cream with ground cinnamon, and set aside. In a martini shaker, mix rum with iced tea and ice cubes. Shake well, set aside. Carefully pour maple syrup all over the inside of the glass. Slowly pour the tea and rum mix into the glass, straining out the ice. Float the whipped cream on top of the tea/rum mix, add a dash of ground cinnamon to the top. Swizzle with a cinnamon stick.

Cocktail Story

The War of 1812 led to the longest, international, peaceful border in the world. As a Ranger at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, I am honored to tell this story daily. One of the best parts of my job is that I also get to work with Parcs Canada Rangers. Last summer, during our Bicentennial activities, Rangers from our sister park, Signal Hill National Historic Site, and several others treated us to a Rum Ceremony. One of the drinks was called Rum Gunpowder. My cocktail takes a bit of the history of the Canadian rum traditions and adds the sweetness of maple syrup (which my family makes here in Ohio), and adds a sweet dollop of cinnamon infused whipped cream. As you drink the cocktail, you start with the rum and tea (a very traditional Newfoundland evening drink), and end with the creamy, sweetness of maple syrup. Before dinner, after dinner, you can't go wrong. And celebrating 200 years of Peace over a cocktail with great friends is indeed a wonderful thing.