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The nations love interest with rum began in the colonial days and millions of gallons of rum were being imported from various parts of the Caribbean each year. BUT all the Caribbean people that I know and love, have loved on rum since the beginning of time. Today, August 16th we celebrate all things rum on National Rum Day.
Here’s a lil lesson on rum, there are two varieties of rum. Light rums have typically been used in cocktails i.e rum and coke, golden or dark rum traditionally were consumed straight / neat (no ice) or on the rocks (with ice) and even in cooking/baking.
When you’re in the mood for a rum cocktail on say a day like today National Rum Day, what should you order?
Keeping it simple would be a Rum and Coke, making this same drink fancy would be adding a lime and calling it a Cuba Libre. When in doubt on a rum cocktail a Cuba Libre is a easy and always consistent if the bartender knows how to pour correctly.
– 2oz light rum
– 2oz dark cola (I prefer coke)
Another light and refreshing is a Daiquiri no this isn’t the blended cocktail. This is the original Daiquiri
– 2oz light rum (I prefer barcardi)
– 1 oz fresh lime juice
– ½ oz simple syrup
Add ice, shake and pour into a glass of choice (I like a chilled martini glass)
No need for a real thunderstorm when you make a Dark & Stormy in your own kitchen below is my version. I like to be cocktail fancy and I’m putting this in a copper cup similar to those that are used in a Dark & Stormy or it’s vodka cousin the Moscow Mule like to call this Night in Panama
– 3 oz Crabbies Spiced Orange Ginger Beer
– 3 ½ oz of Zafra Master Reserve Rum or Ron Abuelo (both products of Panama)
Lastly, if you’re going to wait until later to enjoy the festivities of the day you can make the Bring the Boys to the Yard for dessert or just because that’s the mood you’re in.
1 ½ oz rum
1 oz crème de coco
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Add ice, put all ingredients into blender and then serve an top with whip cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
We at TheCazBar hope you enjoy National Rum Day and if not today, you can make these cocktails any day!
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