Rum is a distilled beverage made from sugarcane juice or molasses. It is usually aged in oak, carbonized oak or steel barrels to gain a golden, dark or light color respectively. This drink is usually produced in the Caribbean and Latin America and is a very versatile distillate that can be mixed into various cocktails or enjoyed pure. Learn here some of the different ways to serve it.
Method 1 of 3: Cocktails with Rum
Step 1. Try a simple mix
Mix the rum with some other beverage, such as soda. This is a very easy way to enjoy rum, whatever its quality. Such a mixture is also good because it can be done anywhere.
- Make the classic mix of rum and cola soda, adding approximately 60 ml of dark rum and soda to taste. Add ice and serve.
- Try a stronger mix, called Dark n’ Stormy, by putting dark rum over ice and beer or ginger soda. Slowly pour the drink into a spoon over the glass to create a cloudy effect. Finish with a piece of lemon and serve.
Step 2. Make a mojito
Try a cocktail with classic rum, the mojito. Use clear rum, mint leaves, sugar and sparkling water to make this refreshing drink.
- Place several slices of lemon and fresh mint leaves in a glass and mix to release flavor if desired. Add ice and 60 ml of rum. Fill with sparkling water and add sugar to taste.
- Try adding other fruits to the mojito, such as strawberries or pineapples, adding juice or pieces of fruit.
Step 3. Indulge in a daiquiri
Make a daiquiri by mixing light rum with fresh lemon juice and a simple syrup (sugar boiled in water until it thickens). Such cocktail takes any combination of fruit juices mixed with the basic ingredients.
- Make the basic recipe by mixing 60ml of clear rum, 20ml of fresh lemon juice and 7.5ml of a simple syrup with fruits such as banana, strawberry, pineapple and so on.
- To make the cocktail look traditional, decorate the rim of the glass with brown sugar and a slice of any fruit.
Step 4. Try a more complex Mai Tai
Make this cocktail using more elaborate ingredients. Use orgeat (a sugar syrup with high quality almonds) and curacao liqueur (a liqueur made from dried husk) to make this refreshing mixture.
- Mix 60 ml of dark rum, 20 ml of lemon juice, 7.5 ml of simple syrup, 30 ml of curacao and 7.5 ml of orgeat and ice. Finish with a lemon wedge and a mint leaf.
- If you don't have these special ingredients to make the cocktail, use cheaper almond syrup in place of orgeat and Triple Sec in place of orange curacao.
Method 2 of 3: Pure Rum
Step 1. Buy a good quality rum
Choose a rum for tasting if you want to drink it straight, that is, without any mixing and without ice. Look for brands produced in the Bahamas and Latin American countries to find the most traditional varieties.
- Look for quality clear rums, but avoid flavored varieties of some ingredient or with an alcohol content higher than 57.5%, such as Bacardi 151. This type of distillate has 75% or more alcohol in the composition, and it should have for around 40%.
- When choosing a golden rum, avoid brands that use artificial coloring to color the rum. Alcoholic beverage companies are not required to list the ingredients of their products, but you can avoid coloring by preferring more traditional and expensive brands.
- If choosing a dark rum, buy the more expensive variety. Avoid buying cheap spiced rums, as brands use dyes to turn light rums into dark ones. Ideally, the golden or dark rum should be infused with fennel, cinnamon, pepper and rosemary.
Step 2. Take the rum slowly
Serve it in a low glass. Warm the drink in your hands and drink it in small sips to enjoy all the flavor.
- Smell the aromas of the rum from a distance so as not to hurt your sense of smell. Take small sips so the flavor permeates every corner of your tongue.
- Drink the rum straight at room temperature or on ice if you prefer.
Step 3. Try agricultural versions of rum or cachaça
Look for quality alternatives to try new things. Cachaça, for example, is made with fresh pressed sugarcane juice.
- These pure varieties are considered as such because they use fresh sugarcane juice instead of molasses, and practically do not use any other ingredients in their manufacture.
- Try pure cachaça to enjoy all its flavor. This drink is also used in caipirinha, famous here in Brazil.
Method 3 of 3: Mixing Rum with Hot Drinks
Step 1. Try hot rum
Enjoy the flavor of the heated drink, a very simple variety. Use fresh herbs and butter to add a special flavor to the rum.
- Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and garlic into butter. Place in a mug with 90 ml of rum and fill with hot water.
- Try a creamy variation of this cocktail by putting warm milk in place of water.
Step 2. Add rum to hot chocolate or coffee
Make coffee or hot chocolate as usual, then add 30 or 60 ml of rum for a special touch.
- Use instant hot chocolate or make one by heating whole milk and adding rum and dark chocolate or powdered chocolate.
- Add rum to any fresh strong coffee such as espresso, American and lattes. Sweeten to taste using sugar or other sweeteners.
Step 3. Make a lemon and garlic tea and add rum
Add honey and spices such as cinnamon and cloves to spice up this classic drink.
- Put 30ml of rum, 1 tablespoon honey and ¼ lemon in a mug. Fill with hot water and stir to melt the honey. Add cinnamon and sugar to taste.
- Use whichever variety of rum you prefer (spiced, browned, dark or light) and add other spices and garnishes such as orange peel.