Lets talk rum.
For the sake of this post today we are just going to be chatting about light rum. It is really all I have on hand at the moment too.
I reserve dark rum mainly for cooking (remember the peaches foster?) or for sipping. The difference between light and dark rum is that dark rum is aged longer in a charred barrel. Tastiness. Spiced rum is rum that has had spices or flavorings added to it. Also delicious.
But for mixing I recommend, and use a light rum. Like the Pacific Rum from Bull Run. It is wonderfully coconutty (is that a word?) with hints of vanilla and citrus. Incredible to just sip but oh so good in on my current favorite drinks- mojitos.
Talk about a drink that makes alcohol shine. A little mint, a little simple syrup, a little lime, a little club soda, and a good dose of rum. The flavor meld so beautifully but you can still taste the full flavor of the rum.
We have a mint patch out in front of our house. I feel a little like it is cheating but I LOVE having mint on hand 24/7 for mojitos (and mint juleps).
But today isn’t just about mojitos. If you scale things back and don’t add club soda and skip muddling the mint you get a daiquiri. Hang in with me on this one. I am guessing that to you a daiquiri is a slushie type drink that is overly sweet and usually involving strawberries or other fruits. Yes it can be that but the original daiquiri is just simple syrup, lime juice, and rum.
So with one shopping trip and only buying three ingredients (other than rum) you can make both of these tasty drink (if you already went shopping for the things you needed for vodka collins and cosmopolitans you will have everything expect mint!).
The mojitos do require a tid bit of effort as you need to muddle the mint. Simply that means put it in the shaker, add some sugar, and mush it. The more you mush it the more you get the tasty mint flavor.
And daiquiris? The bulk of the effort is juicing some limes and crushing some ice. A total breeze.
What is your favorite way to drink rum?
Mojito (makes 1 drink)
6-8 mint leaves
2-3 tsp sugar
Juice from 1 lime
2 ounces rum
4-5 ounces club soda
Place the sugar lime juice and mints in your cocktail shaker. Muddle well. Add ice filling it half full and pour in the rum. Shake for 30 second or until well chilled. Pour over ice into a 14 ounce collins glass. Top with club soda to taste.
This drink is very forgiving so play with proportions till you hit on your perfect combination.
Daiquiri (makes 1 drink)
2 ounces light rum
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Lime wedge for garnish
Pour the light rum, lime juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or pour over crushed ice in a rocks glass.