Bruce Juice Cocktail

All you Bruce fans out there know what I’m talking about! Make yourself a Bruce Juice Cocktail tonight!

Bruce Juice Cocktail

What a week I am having…

First with a trip to the Yankee Stadium home opener and also my trip to Brooklyn to watch Bruce introduce the E Street Band to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

So now I feel like I need to come up with a new cocktail to celebrate all the good times I’ve had. I definitely wanted to use some local brew or spirits that are made right here in New Jersey to represent…so I came up with my version of a Bruce Juice Cocktail.

My first thought was to come up with new cocktail using Busted Barrel Dark Rum. This rum is produced by Jersey Artisan Distilling, which is the first distillery to open in New Jersey since prohibition ended. I took a ride down to the distillery and met Co-Owner Brant Braue who is no doubt one of the hardest working craftsmen that I’ve met, priding himself on making rum that was popular in colonial times and beyond.

But then I heard about the Carton Brewing Company in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ. They make a beer called Boat Beer Session Ale that has a grapefruit flavor in the background that fit perfectly for the citrus flavor that I was looking for. So then I came up with a new idea, to create a Mantitlement’s signature Bruce Juice Cocktail.

I started playing around with the ratio of the beer, the rum, and the orange juice and this is what I ended up with…2 ounces of Dark Busted Barrel Rum mixed with 2 ounces of orange juice, then topped it off with a good 4 ounces of Boat Session Ale.

It turned out to be the perfect blend of flavors that I was looking to have in this Bruce Juice cocktail – the citrus flavor from the Boat Beer and the orange juice make it taste like summertime, and the rum for the extra kick of boozy flavor.

I can see myself now with a Bruce Juice Cocktail down the Jersey Shore sitting on the beach, listening to Glory Days…and yes, I’m gonna drink ’til I get my fill!


Bruce Juice Cocktail

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

This fun Bruce Juice Cocktail is great for tailgating or brunch!



  • 2 oz. Rum
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 4 oz. (or more) of any Pale Ale
  • orange slices for garnish


  1. Add the rum and orange juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well.
  2. Pour into a glass and top off with at least 4 ounces (or more) of Boat Beer Session Ale.
  3. Garnish with orange slices.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: drink recipe, cocktail recipes, orange juice drinks, brunch drinks, rum drinks

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