The Equiano Rum Co have announced the launch of a limited edition Ready-to-Drink cocktail in collaboration with iconic London cocktail bar Tayēr + Elementary.
Bottled at 21.6%, The Tayēr + Equiano Rum Cantaloupe Melon Mai Tai is an exclusive collaboration between the creators of the world’s first African & Caribbean Rum and award-winning bar duo Alex Kratena and Monica Berg. With only 250 available for delivery across Europe, The Tayēr + Equiano Rum Cantaloupe Melon Mai Tai pairs Equiano Original with Melon Liqueur, Muyu Chinotto Nero, Tio Pepe, and Citrus Cordial.
In 2020, Tayēr + Elementary entered the World’s Best Bars list at number 5, the highest new entry, and co-founders Alex and Monica were voted number 1 and 2 in Drink International’s Bar World Most Influential Figures of 2020, alongside Equiano co-founder Ian Burrell at number 10.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Equiano rum, said Kratena. “It is fantastic to be working with such a delicious liquid and we are very happy that the cocktail will do good beyond being a super exciting drink – a fresh variation on classic mai tai with rich raisin, oak and chocolate offset by bright zesty citrus, and floral musky aroma of fresh melon.”
The Tayēr + Equiano Cocktail is available across Europe from Equiano’s official website. Bottled at 300ml, the cocktail provides 3-4 servings and is priced at £28. It’s recommended served over ice.
In February, Equiano released a new white Rum under the name Equiano Light. The new expression from the African & Caribbean brand follows the launch of an aged Rum last year.
Equiano Light is a blend of lightly aged molasses Rums from Barbados-based Foursquare Rum Distillery and infused with fresh sugarcane juice rum from Mauritius-based Gray’s Distillery. The expression “chalnge[s] the ideas and expectations” of Rum by providing a taste profile that suppresses “any notion that white rums lack the sophistication of their darker counterparts.”