Rum

Rum is a liquor of Caribbean origin made from sugar-cane by-products, especially its molasses.

There are mainly three kinds of rum around the world: light rum, transparent; amber rum, which is the most widely used in cocktails and black or dark rum, which is both more aromatic and stronger in flavour as well.


Bacardi cocktail

ice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. grenadine syrup
2 oz. white rum

Named after the rum producers, prepare a Bacardi cocktail shaking all the ingredients and serving, without ice, in a flute glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon on the rim.


Bolero

ice
1 1/2 oz. rum
1 oz. cacao cream
2 oz. evaporated milk

Every cocktail with milk is made in a shaker, so take these ingredients, mix them for ten seconds and then serve, without ice, in a champagne glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg over the drink.


Cuba Libre

ice
dash lemon juice
2 oz. rum
fill with cola

Unlike other cocktails, a good Cuba Libra must follow this order: first, add the ice in a highball glass; second, add the lemon juice and the rum; third, the cola. To garnish, add a slice of lemon and a stirrer.


Daikiri

ice
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz. sugar syrup
2 oz. white rum

The daikiri is another classic cocktail with rum, but don't confuse this one with the frozen version. To make a daikiri, mix all the ingredients and serve, without ice, in a cocktail glass. Add a slice of lemon as garnish.


Fort cobbler

crushed ice
1/4 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. sugar syrup
1/4 oz. red curaçao
1/2 oz. apricot brandy
1 oz. rum

The fort cobbler cocktail is prepared straight over in the glass, pouring all above-mentioned ingredients in a long-drink glass and garnishing with chopped fruit and a slice of orange, as a lid.


J.Q.

ice
2 oz. rum
fill with orange juice

The J.Q. is one of my favourite cocktails. Prepare one pouring the orange juice over the rum and the ice, and garnishing with an orange wedge and a stirrer.


Mai tai

crushed ice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. golden rum
1 oz. white rum
4 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. grenadine syrup

The Mai Tai is another refreshing classic cocktail. Prepare one adding the ingredients above over the crushed ice and including a couple of straws to the cocktail. To garnish, a slice of pineapple will do.


Mojito

ice
1 1/4 oz. rum
dash sugar syrup
leaves of mint
soda

Another classic drink with rum, especially served in Cuba. To prepare one, smash the leaves of mint with sugar syrup and next add a dash of soda, the ice and the rum on an old-fashioned glass.


Planter's punch

ice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. black rum
3 oz. orange juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. grenadine

Some people like the Planter's punch shaken; others like their punch direct. Anyway, to make this drink, you need to use black rum and pour the ingredients above in a long-drink glass. Just leave the grenadine syrup for the end, and pour it slowly as a way to garnish the drink.


Piña colada

ice
2 oz. rum
1 oz. coconut cream
2 oz. pineapple juice

The piña colada cocktail is worldwide famous. Preparing one is very easy too. Just blend the ingredients above and then serve in a tulip glass. Garnish with wedge of pineapple, a maraschino cherry and a couple of straws.


Rum daisy

ice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. grenadine syrup
1/2 oz. curaçao triple sec
2 oz. white rum
fill with soda
fruit in pieces

Rum also has its daisy cocktail. You can make it directly in a long-drink glass, or mix everything but the soda in a shaker and fill with the soda at the end. To garnish, add the fruit and a couple of straws.


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