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Rum always brings the party. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, chilled or mixed, this smooth liquor is a classic behind the bar.
But you don't have to stick to a mojito or rum punch to get the most out of the sweet-flavored alcohol — on National Rum Day, Aug. 16, or on any day,
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Spice up your standard cocktail routine with these four creative rum drinks that make it easy to think outside of the standard rum box and surprise your guests.
Jamaican rum mai tai
It's worth building out your liquor cabinet with the heady rums required for this magical take on the mai tai from Burnt Ends Tiki Bar in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The original drink was said to have been so popular in the 1940s and ‘50s that it depleted world rum supplies. And it's still going strong on tiki bar menus everywhere.
"The mai tai has a punch with full flavor and a kick with high alcohol,” says Burnt Ends Tiki Bar beverage director Dean Hurst. “Fresh lime juice is a must."
Don't overlook the Orgeat — a sweet syrup essential to a classic mai tai, made from almonds and orange flower water. You can find it in most liquor stores (and online).
Remember the golden rule when mixing, Hurst says “The better the rum, the better the drink.”
- 1 ounce Coruba Dark Rum
- 1/2 ounce Appleton Estate Extra 12 YO rum
- 1/2 ounce Smith & Cross rum
- 1/2 ounce Pierre-Ferrand Dry Curacao
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 ounce Orgeat (almond and orange flower water)
1. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
2. Add a medium-sized scoop of crushed ice.
3. Empty unstrained into a mai tai glass.
4. Garnish with a lime shell and mint sprigs.
A Bloody Mary with a twist
In a surprisingly tasty twist on a classic cocktail, the Bloody Mary gets remade with the addition of this Bermudian rum distilled in charred American oak casks, resulting in a fuller-flavored Bloody.
"It's a unique and delicious accompaniment to the bold tomato and spice,” says Emily Gosling, the global brand ambassador for Goslings Rum and an eighth-generation member of the family.
Surprising guests with the flavor of rum is half the fun in serving this one.
- 2 ounces Goslings Black Seal Rum
- 4 ounces tomato juice or Clamato
- Dash each of fresh horseradish, celery salt, black pepper, Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce and Tabasco
- 1/4 ounce freshly squeeze lemon juice