This Saturday, 11 July, marks World Rum Day, an annual event that was created by the World Rum Guide.
It’s a day designed to bring rum-lovers, bars and distilleries together to celebrate the popular drink. Find out more on how to get involved here.
Rum is a versatile spirit that forms the basis for many great cocktails, from mojito’s to piña colada and comes in many different variations including unaged rums that are typically light, those with a sugar-cane base, spicy rum, tropical or “funky” rum which comes from the Caribbean island of Jamaica and richer styles that can be drunk neat or poured over dessert.
However you like yours, there’s a tool, mixer and glassware that can compliment it, which we’ve compiled ahead in our guide to enjoying rum-based cocktails in the best way possible.
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A cocktail shaker is a trusty bar tool for your at-home mixology attempts. Although not every cocktail needs a vigorous shake, mojitos actually prefer a muddle, a wide range, from the classic daiquiri to the more modern picante, simply cannot be made without one.
Japanese cocktail shakers are often considered some of the best in the world and this high-quality piece of kit is no exception.
We found there to be a pleasing weight to it, thanks to the relatively thick steel, but the curvy design means it’s probably better for bigger hands.
“With a 500ml capacity, there’s plenty of room to mix a couple of cocktails at a time,” said our reviewer.
If it’s a concoction that doesn’t require vigorous shaking, use this pro bar spoon (Asterley Bros, £9.50) instead to mix cocktails.
The copper finish adds a luxury vintage feel and makes a stylish addition to any kitchen cabinet.
When mixing up your own drinks at home, master your at-home bar with Around the World in 80 Cocktails by Chad Parkhill (WHSmith, £10.65).
Combining cocktails and holidays – always a winning combination – it’s a colour-illustrated guide that weaves the history of cocktails and where they originate alongside 80 tasty concoctions.
According to our reviewer, “it features all of the classics you’d expect, from Ernest Hemingway’s much-loved daiquiri to New York’s Manhattan and Lima’s pisco sours, as well as lesser-known gems such as a stone crush from Iceland”.
We love the art-deco design, and when you’re not drinking cocktails, they make for fetching decoration on your shelf.
This Santa Teresa 1796 rum (The Whiskey Exchange, £50.75) topped our guide to rum so should be top of your list to try.
“Much drier than some of the fruitier, sticky sweet rums we tried, there was still a very elegant honeyed quality to this spirit, backed up with cacao, butter and toasted nuts. We think the price reflects how this rum is made,” said our reviewer.
The liquid has been aged as old as 35-years too, and to truly appreciate the full-bodied flavour, we’d recommend drinking it over ice.
From using an electric van for deliveries to offsetting all carbon emissions emitted during production, to all materials and ingredients used from the cultivation of the sugar cane to the production of its glass bottles, it claims to be the world’s first carbon-negative distillery.
As for the tastes, it’s a rich blend of burnt sugar, bourbon vanilla, mixed spices and star anise, that our reviewers described as “soft, velvety and fruity” thanks to its orange and plum note
The blend of Trinidadian rums with burnt caramel, vanilla, cacao and spice in this Angostura 5-year-old rum (Amazon, £23.49) makes the warm, mellow liquid a winner in our books.
We particularly thought this was great value for money and an easy one to add into your drinks collection for yourself and guests you have over.
If you have a sweet tooth, then you’ll love this Discarded banana peel rum (The Whiskey Exchange, £24.45)
Using dried out, fermented banana peels that are steeped in alcohol for 14 days, the combination with the Caribbean rum base gives an intense hit.
It has underlying notes of sugar and caramel too, and if you want to tone down the sweetness, try it with a ginger beer or a squeeze of lime.
For fans of white rum, try this Bacardi coconut spirit drink (Asda, £13) which adds a tropical edge to any drink, and perfect for the summertime.
Essential for drinks like piña colada, it can also be enjoyed mixed with just pineapple juice.
Some rum-based cocktails take as few as three ingredients to make, so next time you have friends over, impress them with your bartending skills by trying your hand at these recipes.
Fresh orange juice
Fresh lime juice
Serve over ice and add a pinch of nutmeg to garnish
Top with half a lime and mint sprigs if you have some spare from the garden.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge and pour over ice.
Orgeat or almond syrup
Mix together, pour and add a cherry on top.
A handful of strawberries, blended
Shake together, strain and add ice.
Long Island iced tea
Cointreau triple sec liqueur
Fresh lime juice
Mix all together and garnish with a lemon wedge.