Rum has a bit of a reputation. It’s often stereotyped as a sweet spirit best suited for umbrella drinks. But there’s so much more to it. Good rum can be sipped neat and mixed into drinks that cover every corner of the flavor chart. And what many people don’t know is that aged rum can act as a perfect stand-in for whiskey.
We tapped our DrinkWire contributors for their favorite examples of when rum acts like whiskey in cocktails. These are five recipes worth saving.
This twist on a perfect Manhattan uses dark Jamaican rum in place of whiskey. The rum has a similar flavor profile since it’s aged in American oak barrels, and the perfect version is much dryer than a traditional Manhattan.
Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor The Cocktail Artist.
A rum version of the Blood & Sand, this cocktail will give you a whole new perspective on the classic drink. Two different types of rum combine to replace the traditional scotch. Black strap rum adds a refined molasses flavor, and overproof rum brings tropical notes and balances the sweet Cherry Heering.
Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Cocktaillogic.
If you’re tired of the same Old Fashioned, this is the drink to spice things up. Dark aged rum stands in for whiskey, lending lots of depth and complexity to the mix. Habanero shrub takes things in a spicy direction, while the agave nectar adds sweetness and balance.
Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Doc Elliott’s Mixology.