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7 of the best rum cocktail recipes

Happy World Rum Day! Time to celebrate with a punchy rum cocktail... or seven

Rachael Hogg posted in Drinks
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You know we love a World Food or Drink Day here at FoodDevour. And even more so when we get to celebrate one of our favourite drinks... Good job Saturday 10 July is World Rum Day then.

World Rum Day takes place on the second Saturday of July each year (probably sensible to keep it to a weekend, we reckon). It’s the annual, global celebration of rum and rum distilleries.

Of all the ‘world booze days’, it’s one of the newer ones, having been launched in 2019 by spirits writer and editor of World Rum Guide, Paul Jackson.

In the spirit of celebrating, we wanted to showcase 7 of our favourite rum cocktail recipes, from short and strong, to long and refreshing, classic, to twists to newer inventions. Let's get into it.

Chocolate orange rum Old Fashioned

Image: Rachael Hogg

Image: Rachael Hogg

We love an Old Fashioned, but we also love swapping out our whiskey for some rum from time to time. This twist is made with Copalli Cacao rum, a sweet, rich single-estate rum from Belize. The rum is infused with cacao, bringing some chocolatey notes throughout, as well as orange and lemongrass. To make this rum, Copalli pops its white rum in a tank with organic cacao nibs. After a few weeks, the flavour infuses the rum, which is then re-distilled.

Ingredients

50ml Copalli Cacao rum

15ml maple syrup

3 dashes orange bitters

Garnish: Orange peel

Method

Add the rum, maple syrup and orange bitters to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir, stir and stir some more. Keep stirring a bit. Ok, now you're done. Strain into a rocks glass filled with more ice. Garnish with orange peel. You can also mix it straight into the glass if you're not a strainer kinda person.

Belizean Howler Monkey

Image: Rachael Hogg

Image: Rachael Hogg

An excellent cocktail, and an excellent name – it's tall, refreshing and a little spicy. The Belizean Howler Monkey is made with Copalli white rum... from Belize. The spirit is made with organic sugar cane, which is crushed for its juice within two hours of harvesting. Any leftover sugar cane material is used to fuel the pot stills at the distillery. They’ve also got a big focus on environmental sustainability and use canopy water from the rainforest in the proofing process. Copal Tree Farm, where the rum is made, was the first farm to be certified as organic in Belize.

Ingredients

50ml Copalli white rum

25ml lime juice

10ml vanilla syrup

3 dashes Angostura bitters

Top up with fiery ginger beer – I used Belvoir

Garnish: Lime wheel

Method

Add all your ingredients to a Collins glass filled with ice. Top up with the ginger beer. Stir gently. Garnish with lime.

Daiquiri

Image: Bacardi

Image: Bacardi

Most cocktail histories seem to start off the same way: a little fuzzy. The Daiquiri is no exception to that. It’s thought it was invented in Cuba by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer.

Apparently he ran out of gin at a party (absolute rookie mistake), and instead tried mixing a blend of Bacardi rum with sugar and fresh lime juice. The name 'Daiquiri' allegedly comes from the name of a beach nearby. There also isn’t one recipe for the Daiquiri, with all kinds of variations suggesting it’s the one true recipe. Can the Real Daiquiri Recipe, please stand up?

Naturally, a lot of it is about personal taste. Some love the sourness, some like things a bit sweeter. Here's my take on a Daiquiri, or a more 'classic' recipe is just below.

Ingredients

50ml Bacardi Carta Blanca rum

25ml lime juice

2tsp extra fine sugar

Method

Add your sugar and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rum, and a handful of ice. Shake until seriously chilled. Finely strain into a chilled coupette glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Dark n Stormy

Image: Goslings Rum

Image: Goslings Rum

It's a simple one, but a good'un. The Dark & Stormy is an easy mix of ginger beer, Goslings Black Seal rum, and lime to garnish (optional).

While any dark rum does work in this drink, it then can't be called a Dark 'N Stormy. Goslings has actually trademarked the cocktail, so it should only officially be made with Goslings rum AND Goslings stormy ginger beer. There have even been lawsuits when other rum brands have ripped off the recipe or used the name...!


Mojito

Image: Bacardi

Image: Bacardi

We’ve had a lot of really bad Mojitos in our lives. For a drink so simple, some bartenders don’t seem to be able to make a good one. Trying to make it at home, you often come across the same problems. We think the main issue is ice, and especially when you try to make one at home, not having easy access to lots of crushed ice.

It’s another history shrouded in mystery… La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant-bar in Havana, Cuba claims to be the birthplace of the Mojito, and is the place Ernest Hemmingway said he liked their version of the drink. However, there are at least two other convincing tales. One is that African slaves working in Cuban sugar cane fields created the drink as a sugarcane alcohol mix. There’s an even older story though, involving Sir Francis Drake! When he arrived in Havana to raid the place (and failed), a lot of his crew were suffering from dysentery and scurvy. A small group went ashore to source ingredients for a medicine recommended by some local South American Indians. The medicine consisted of aguarediente de cana (old school version of rum), mint, sugar cane juice and lime juice, aka basically a Mojito, although it likely wouldn’t have been called this then.

It also featured quite heavily in 2002's Die Another Day.

Ingredients

50ml Bacardi Carta Blanca rum

25ml lime juice

12 mint leaves

2tsp extra fine sugar

25ml soda water

Method

Squeeze the lime wedges in a tall glass. Gently press together with the sugar. Add mint to glass, and press with a barspoon to release the oils. Half fill the glass with crushed ice, add your rum, and CHURN. Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice, top with a little soda water. Garnish with more mint.

Pina Colada

Image: Havana Club

Image: Havana Club

If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain. Well, you’re in the right place. Thought the history of this drink might be straightforward? ‘Fraid not. Three Puerto Rican bartenders all say they were the original Pina Colada inventor. Ramon ‘Monchito’ Marrero Perez claims he made it at the Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan on August 15 1952. Ricardo Garcia worked at the same bar and said he invented it. Then there’s Ramon Portas Mingot, who said he created it a few years later in 1963 at the Barrachina Restaurant in Old San Juan. It’s even possible that rum, pineapple and coconut were mixed together at a time before that and not called anything special. A favourite among holidaymakers and fans of a sweet treat, this cocktail is boozy, creamy and tropical. If you want to feel like you’re on holiday, get one of these made stat.

Ingredients

60ml Havana Club Anejo 3 Anos

100ml fresh pineapple juice

30ml coconut milk

5ml lime juice

Garnish: Pineapple wedge and leaf

Method

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum, pineapple juice, coconut milk, and stir. Then shake it like you mean it for 30 seconds. Strain into a hurricane glass filled with ice, and salud!

Tropical Hurricane… in Salford

Image: Rachael Hogg

Image: Rachael Hogg

It's a small twist on the Hurricane cocktail, traditionally made with a double serving of rum (light and dark), loads of fruit juices (lime, orange, passion fruit) and some added sweetness (grenadine, sugar syrup). The original was invented in the 1940s at family-owned bar, Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans.

Apparently it came about because there was a surplus of rum available at the time. It was easier to get hold of than whiskey or other spirits, so the bar started mixing up various concoctions, and settled on the Hurricane, which you can of course still try there today (they make more than 500,000 of them a year!).

What's your favourite way to drink rum?

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Comments (9)

  • Love the look of all of these! Just need someone to come and make them for me 😂

      8 days ago
  • You read my mind! Just bought some rum yesterday!

      8 days ago
  • Oooh I actually have rum lol

      8 days ago
  • Rum Day! On my Day off! Oh this can get dangerous. They all look delicious. Guess I'll have to try them all. Cheers to Rachael, the lovely bringer of all gifts tasty and boozy! 🍻🥂🍺🥃

      8 days ago
  • Daiquiri looks tasty!

      8 days ago
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