Rum. Just the idea of it conjures up images of pirates, deserted beaches, buried treasure and beguiling senoritas… So, shake up one of these drinks to dream the day away.
The classic Daiquiri
One of the oldest Cuban cocktails, dating from the late 1800s. Its very simplicity is a recipe for perfection.
Fill a shaker with crushed ice, 50ml white rum, 20ml lime juice and 10ml sugar syrup. Shake hard until frothy. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime.
If you’d like it frozen, put all the ingredients in a blender with a cupful of ice, and blitz until smooth.
The Hemingway Daiquiri
Invented for Mr Ernest Hemingway himself at El Floridita, Havana.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add 60ml white rum, 25ml lime juice, 15ml grapefruit juice and 15ml Maraschino liqueur. Shake hard. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.
The Rum Ranch
Pop a sliver of medium hot red chilli into the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add 60ml aged rum, 10 ml sugar syrup, 10ml lemon juice and 10ml orange juice and a dash of Pimento Bitters. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
The Dark and Stormy
This straight-forward cocktail claims to be Bermuda’s national drink — it’s an easy way to conjure up some tropical vibes at home.
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in 60ml of rum, top up with ginger beer, add a squeeze of lime juice. Stir. Garnish with a slice of lime.
The Mae Nam
A Thai daiquiri variation, this should look like a muddy river and taste fresh and fiery.
Place 200g of palm sugar in a saucepan with 200ml water, 1 bruised chilli and 1 bruised stick of lemongrass. Dissolve the sugar over a medium heat and set aside to cool. Then strain the syrup into a clean jar, discarding the aromatics. To make the drink, fill a shaker with ice, add 60ml of rum, 30ml fresh lime juice and 20ml of the palm sugar syrup. Shake hard, then strain into a lowball glass or tumbler and garnish with a slice of lime.
With a hazy history buried deep in Havana’s 1920s heyday, this is a very grown up rum drink. No little umbrellas allowed.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 50ml light rum, 25ml dry vermouth, 25ml dry curacao and a dash of grenadine (optional). Stir, stir, stir until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist if orange if desired.
The classic Rum Punch
An absolute classic, perfect for parties, weddings, any occasion really.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 20ml lime juice, 40ml sugar syrup, 60ml rum (I favour Appleton V/X for this). Shake or stir, as you like. Strain into a chilled tumbler full of ice. Garnish with a slice of orange, or a cheeky maraschino cherry if you like.
The Piña Colada
This drink needs no introduction. Think the beach, the sun and the sand in between your toes.
Put a few chunks of fresh pineapple and lots of ice into a blender. Add 60ml white rum, 60ml pineapple juice, 60ml coconut cream and a dash of sugar syrup (optional). Whizz it all up until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a wedge of pineapple and as many umbrellas as you like.
Rum is always a popular choice among many of our guests due to its sweetness and familiarity. If you will like to have rum cocktails at your event, do drop us an enquiry today! Rum is something that Mixes From Mars works with often and its a favourite among many of our bartenders as well!