Serious cocktail and spirits fans are recognizing all there is to love about rum. While rum is becoming more prominently featured in high-end cocktail bars and spirit lover’s liquor cabinets, lots of people still insist on being whiskey purists.
But there’s a surprisingly simple way to get them to change their ways or at least broaden their horizons: Introduce them to premium aged rum.
Better yet, buy them a bottle of BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho. This golden sipping rum has been aged for a minimum of eight years and features the exact qualities whiskey lovers look for in a bottle of rye or scotch. This rum goes back to 1862 and was the sole preserve of the Bacardí family for seven generations. It’s one of the oldest private blends in the world, and only recently has it been shared with the wider world.
The similarities between aged rum and premium whiskey start with the way each is enjoyed. BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho can be sipped straight or used in spirit-forward cocktails, like the Old Fashioned. This unforgettable twist on the classic Old Fashioned recipe makes it obvious that taking a break from whiskey doesn’t have to mean going without great Old Fashioneds.
Of course, there’s no point in limiting yourself to only rum-centric takes on whiskey cocktails. A point in aged rum’s favor—one that’s especially true for BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho—is the spirit’s inexhaustible versatility. And the Old Cuban cocktail is the perfect way to showcase that.
It may have a similar name to the Old Fashioned, but the Old Cuban’s recipe couldn’t be more different. It blends aged rum with lime juice, mint leaves and prosecco, all highlighting BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho’s hints of prune, apricot, nutmeg and vanilla. This combination of flavors and ingredients is one that dedicated whiskey lovers would be missing.
There are countless other aged rum cocktails and bottles to discover, all with their own unique story. Give a bottle of BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho to a whiskey fan to encourage them to dive into that delicious world.
An Old Fashioned, an Old Cuban or even just a sip is all it takes to get hooked.