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The Merengue Mary

merengue mary

After a few of these, you will definitely want to start marching to your own Island beat! Caribbean cocktail with lots of flavor.

  • 5 ServingsServings


  • 1 ounce white rum
  • Plain tomato juice
  • Jamaican Jerk Rub (recipe below)
  • Coarse salt
  • Fresh lime, quartered for easy squeezing
  • Celery stalk for garnish

Jamaican Jerk rub

  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons hot paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves


1 Start with a wide-mouth rocks glass. Rim the glass with lime juice and coarse salt. Fill with ice. Add rum, and then fill the glass the rest of the way up with tomato juice. Squeeze in a lime quarter. Add between one and several “pinches” of Jerk seasonings, to taste, but watch the heat! Stir (and garnish) with a lush, leafy celery stalk.

Jamaican Jerk rub
Mix together the following spices

(Save any extra rub in a sealed container to use on meat, chicken or fish for grilling!)