So break out the rum – like its fellow liquors, rum has its own national holiday on Aug. 16 every year – and kick back with one of four delicious rum recipes, created by top mixologists, using light and dark varieties.
Daisy de ObeahA perfect marriage of minty and spicy
2 oz. Denizen Rum (or similar white rum)
1 oz. lime juice
½ oz. cane syrup (or simple syrup, which is 1 part sugar to 1 part water, brought to a boil and cooled)
¼ oz. Velvet Falernum alcoholic syrup (closest substitute is grenadine)
¾ oz. Strega Liqueur (or similar yellow herbal liqueur)
Shake all ingredients, except Strega, dry (without ice). Pour into a tall glass, fill with crushed ice, and stir. "Float" the Strega by holding the back of a spoon over your glass, then lightly pouring the Strega over it until it forms a top layer. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs or saffron.
Cali MojitoA classic
2 oz. Caliche Rum (or similar white rum)
1 oz. lime juice
¼ oz. agave nectar (possible substitutes include honey and maple syrup)
8 mint leaves
In a mixing glass, lightly muddle the mint. Add the remaining ingredients, fill with ice, and shake until well-chilled. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass, top with crushed ice, and garnish with mint sprig.
Smoky RoseA summer drink with a hint of autumn
1½ oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo (or similar dark rum)
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. agave nectar (see above)
½ oz. apple cider
4 - 5 chunks of apple
1 rosemary sprig
Muddle apple chunks in a shaker and then pour in the rest of the ingredients. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig and one slice of apple.
Black Privateer PunchA fruity party punch (recipe serves 35)
1 750 milliliter bottle of Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum (or similar spicy black rum)
3 750 ml bottles red wine
1 750 ml bottle cherry juice
2 oranges, sliced
2 lemons, sliced
2 limes, sliced
½ lb. cherries, pitted
1 liter cola
Chill all ingredients. In a large punch bowl, crush the fresh fruit to extract the juices. Combine liquids and add a large block of ice. Serve the punch in wine glasses with pieces of fruit.