Rum often invokes visions of tropical islands, mini umbrellas and Piña Coladas. That’s dandy, but it’s crucial to not let that beachy vibe get in the way of other inventive ways to drink rum.
Case in point: Rum is a fantastic substitute for whiskey in a bevy of classic cocktails, including the Manhattan and Old Fashioned—it even works in place of gin in the much-adored Negroni. The sugar cane spirit’s versatility doesn’t stop there. Bartenders are pairing rum with everything from sherry and amaro to milk and coffee.
Yes, it’s tropical, but don’t write off this Caribbean-inspired drink from bar master Jim Meehan just yet. Two types of rum, lime juice and orange and aromatic bitters create a complex combination of flavors that is refreshing, complex and powerful. It’s more than your average fruit-smothered tiki cocktail.
Keep your party guests tipsy and caffeinated with this aged rum–based bowl created by mixology master Eric Alperin. It plays off the bright orange peel and spice flavors of cold-brew coffee by including citrus, demerara syrup and cinnamon.
Cocktail-lovers’ favorite aperitif is back with a vengeance in this transatlantic take on the gin, Campari and sweet vermouth classic. The Indian Negroni also contains only three ingredients, but the similarities end there. Throw together a strong dose of rum, and measures of Luxardo Bitter Liqueur and solera sherry for a real cocktailian adventure, courtesy, once again, of Meehan.
To create this twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, all-star bartenders Aisha Sharpe and Dushan Zaric built a cocktail from a base of rum and supported by the addition of apple juice and two types of classic cocktail bitters: Angostura and Peychaud’s. The result? A drink that stands tall.
The holiday season is here and the essentials are clear: a drink that’s appropriately decadent and plenty warming. Whether you plan to serve the Tom & Jerry at a party or keep it all to yourself, you can plan ahead by making the rich and creamy batter (including eggs, sugar and dark rum). Then, in the moment, just add a bit of it to a little rum, cognac, milk and water for an indulgent liquid blanket.
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