Rum is a spirit that gets little love. Compared to the other browns, you’d often see whisky trumping a rum-based drink — unless it’s rum and coke, which gets even more of a bad rep, thanks to it being the domain of hazy house parties best forgotten. Perhaps a piña colada is a notch above, but only if you’re lounging on a beach or getting caught in the rain.
It is time for rum to rise above its confines, and for drinkers to embrace the mapley, spicy Caribbean spirit. Rum attains its sweetness from sugarcane, usually accentuated by caramel and molasses, lending itself well to being a punchy cocktail base. A resurrection of 19th century cocktail recipes in every other modern speakeasy has seen different renditions of rum snatching the spotlight from popular whiskies and cognacs. This newfound predilection for the spirit is something wholly welcomed by rum enthusiasts, while simultaneously creating a space for more drinkers to discover its complexities.
To take you a step closer to the celebration of the amber liquor, we’ve zoomed in on some of the best rum bars in Singapore.