When it comes to good times and summer vibes, Rum is somewhat of a necessity. That’s why International Rum Day is pretty important here at Liquid Culture, and probably the most misunderstood spirit category. There’s so much diversity when it comes to Rum, and once you start exploring each countries unique characteristics, you fall in love with their style. Now there’s not enough time to dive through every Rum, but I thought I’d highlight some of my favourites in a few delicious Swizzle recipes. Care to join me on this Rum adventure?
Before I dive into the cocktails I created, if you’re really looking to dive into the world of rum with an unbiased review, check out Rum Revelations. Ivar is kind of a big deal in the Rum world and I’m lucky to have him and my Rum Royale family to always educate me on goods. I also HIGHLY recommend picking up the Smuggler’s Cove Book. It’s definitely a favourite for me, and a go to when exploring Rum and Tiki culture. Enough of that though, because I’m sure you’re getting thirsty.
Swizzle Party with Goslings
Almost all the cocktails I made for this feature were swizzles, with the exception of one spirit forward cocktail with Gosling’s Old Rum, because it called for sophistication and believe me, it’s worth every sip! But to start off, I’m actually showcasing a classic and that’s the Queen’s Park Swizzle. I’m not taking credit for this recipe. This is a classic from Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide adapted by Smuggler’s Cove. Legend has it that this cocktail was created at the Queen’s Park Hotel in the heart of Trinidad’s Port of Spain. And staying true to this cocktail’s roots, it’s meant to be served in a Collins Glass with a ring of cocktail napkins. Being as I’m promoting Home Bartending, I decided to bring out my Bounty sheets instead. Curious how it’s made? Click the photo below for the recipe!
Getting Classy with Old Rum
I was set in my ways to create only swizzles to celebrate International Rum Day, BUT there was no way I can do this with Gosling’s Old Rum. This is a great example of how Rum should be respected as a sip worthy spirit. With this imbibe, I stirred up Sherry, Antica with a dash of Amaro to the mix that if you’re a fan of manhattans, this is right up your alley! Click the photo below for recipe details.
You’ll understand the title of this cocktail soon enough, but this cocktail uses a special Saint Lucian Rum plus how I add a touch of Mezcal for an added element to this delicious swizzle!
Funk it up
There was no way I was going to have an International Rum Day session without some Jamaican Rum. The funk is its signature, and my go-to Jamaican expression is always Appleton’s. I decided to not use the typical Mint combo for this swizzle. Instead, this cocktail uses orange peel, strawberries and ginger for this tasty mix! Want to whip it up at home? Click the photo below for recipe details!