Spirits & Liqueurs Rum

Rum Cocktails That Act Like Whiskey Cocktails

Bull of the Woods. Image: High-Proof Preacher

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.

  • Jamaica Bay

    The Cocktail Artist

    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.

  • Black Sand

    Cocktaillogic

    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.

  • Captain Grey

    Good Spirits News

    There’s nothing more perfect for fall than the classic whiskey-based Hot Toddy. The Captain Grey swaps in spiced rum for additional sweetness and complexity in this cold-weather favorite.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Good Spirits News.

  • Barbancourt Old Fashioned

    Doc Elliott’s Mixology

    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.

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  • Bull of the Woods

    Bull of the Woods. High-Proof Preacher

    The Bull of the Woods is about to become your favorite fall cocktail. Smoked tea liqueur lends an herbal smoky flavor to traditional bourbon accompaniments like orange bitters and demerara syrup.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor High-Proof Preacher.