Rum is an incredibly versatile and flavorful spirit that is perfect for crafting a variety of delicious mixed drinks. From the classic mojito and Cuban sour to the piña colada and frozen daiquiri, rum drinks remain a popular choice for tropical cocktails. There are several types of rum, each one bringing unique characteristics perfect for creating flavorful drinks.
White rum is clear with a mild flavor, while aged white rums offer more complexity. Gold rum has a light amber hue with warm, grassy flavors and notes of vanilla, caramel, and citrus. Dark rum has a deeper color and intense flavor with caramel and butterscotch notes. Black rum is the darkest and most full-bodied of all. Additionally, you can find spiced rum, coconut rum, and rhum agricole for mixing.
Rum makes a great addition to a variety of recipes. Citrus and ginger flavors can help to cleanse the palate and brighten the flavors of a rum drink, while juicy fruit juices like mango and passion fruit can provide sweetness. The Hurricane, considered a signature of New Orleans, is a delicious mixture of citrus juices, passion fruit, and dark rum. On the other hand, the Mojito honors simplicity with white rum, sugarcane, lime wedges, mint, and simple syrup.
No matter which type of rum you choose, you can’t go wrong with a classic rum-based cocktail. For a more tropical drink, opt for a piña colada made with pineapple, cream of coconut, and coconut milk plus white and dark rum. For a more elegant drink, the daiquiri stands as a favorite. All it takes is white rum, simple syrup, and lime juice, garnished with a maraschino cherry.
With the variety of rum drinks to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Whip out your shaker and get to mixing a tasty rum drink your friends and family will envy