There are few drink orders as classic as the rum and Coke (aka Cuba Libre). But sometimes that stalwart drink doesn’t meet your drinking needs. And sometimes you just don’t want to cover up the taste of a great rum with syrupy soda.
Not to worry: Tiki drinks aren’t the only way to dress up this tropical spirit. it works well in a variety of classic cocktails and mixes with about anything you can imagine.
So skip the Coke and read on for a few rum cocktails that take less than five minutes to make.
This ultra-classic cocktail is usually made with whiskey…but so what? Historically, an Old Fashioned simply referred to a cocktail made with bitters, sugar, water and spirit. That means you can choose whichever spirit moves you. Next time you need a quick refresher during a commercial break, whip up everyone’s favorite classic—with a simple rum twist.
It’s no more work than your usual rum and Coke, but this traditional mixture of rum and ginger beer brings out the intricate flavors in your favorite rum instead of covering them up—especially if you splurge for the fancy ginger beer. Remember: In this case, the lime is more than a garnish. It ties the whole drink together.
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