When Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew decided to launch Crusoe rums, the Monrovia couple knew they had months of tinkering ahead before settling on just the right flavor profile for the light and dark rums. But they were certain about one thing from the start -- the rums had to be organic.
"When you do the math, it takes 23 square feet of land to make one bottle of liquor," says Khosrovian of discovering the amount of environmental resources required to make the infused vodkas the couple initially began distilling five years ago. "We had a moment of clarity, we were horrified -- especially when we found how much junk was thrown on to grow this stuff."
The rums are an extension of the couple's Tru Organic vodkas and gin. Like the vodkas, the rums are distilled from organic ingredients. The name is derived from Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe, in which the shipwrecked Crusoe learns to respect the often tempestuous environment of his new Island home.
Crusoe Silver is a light rum, great for mojitos and classic daiquiris; Crusoe Spiced has enough vanilla, molasses, orange zest to hold it's own as a sipping spirit, or use it in sours and daiquiris when you want a bold, full flavor. And for each bottle sold, Khosrovian and Mathew donate the equivalent of one month of clean water for those in need through Charity: Water, a nonprofit that builds water wells in developing countries. In that case, ya, we'll definitely have another round.
From: Crusoe rums
Note: For more flavor, flame the orange peel (briefly set on fire and drop into the glass to extinguish).
Makes: 1 drink
1 ounce Crusoe organic silver rum
4 ounces sparkling wine
1 teaspoon agave nectar
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Dash of bitters
1. Pour all ingredients into a flute glass. Garnish with the orange peel.
Crusoe Organic Rum, firstname.lastname@example.org. Available at Red Carpet Wine (Glendale), Vendome Wine & Spirits (Toluca Lake) and K&L Wine Merchants (Hollywood). The Crusoe silver and spiced rums are both $32 a bottle.