Whilst gin is the definite star in the Bangkok drinking scene this season, there’s no denying that rum is steadily making waves, too.
More and more bars are establishing themselves as rum bars specifically, and globally, there have been reports of an increase in rum sales (as gin actually begins to slowly dip). Long gone are the days where rum was something you knocked back in low quality at the club, or mixed with all the wrong things on a curious night out. There is a lot to love about rum, from flavour notes to history, and naturally the best way to uncover this is through cocktails.
Here, we’ve put together a list of our favourite rum cocktails to get you started, so you know just what to order (or what to make) next time you’re in the mood for rum.
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Rum and Tonic
Tonic water’s bittersweet goodness is not just gin’s best friend. It does plenty when added to a shot of rum as well, and offers an easy avenue for rum enjoyment that one can even mix at home. Whether it is dark or light rum, pair your poison with tonic water that’s lower in sugar, and finish the drink with a squeeze of lime.
Rum Old Fashioned
Everyone loves an Old Fashioned, and rum makes a worthy replacement as the base spirit for this classic. Swap whiskey in favour of a drier dark rum if you’re making this at home, or place trust in the hands of the bartender when you order it at your next after-hours session.
Though the origins of the El Presidente are a touch hazy, most credit the rum cocktail to Eddie Woelke, a bartender who escaped Prohibition in the U.S.A, and found himself in Cuba. Made with light rum, orange curaćao, dry vermouth and grenadine, this refreshing treat is a crowd-pleaser that begs to be your next favourite sundowner.
Daquiris tend to be synonymous with the oversized, overly sweet adult slushies that are a dime a dozen on beach resorts and island bars. If we trace the recipe back to its original, however, the daiquiri is more simple than saccharine. Rum, lime juice and simple syrup are all it takes to make a tangy thirst-quencher that demands seconds.
Created by cocktail legend Tony Abou-Ganim, this rum cocktail has its provenance in San Francisco’s iconic rooftop bar, Starlight Room. Coupling spiced rum with orange curaçao and lemon juice, the Cable Car is made to please fans of sours.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.