Just as we wouldn't lump together all red wines, we also shouldn't treat all rums alike.
A growing awareness of the differences in regional rums -- not to mention variances in how they are produced -- opens new opportunities for appreciating each in its own way. And when it comes to cocktails, that opens fun and delicious possibilities for highlighting the nuances of each.
To get you started on an exploration of different styles of rum, we created cocktails built around a Cuban-style rum, a blended aged rum and a vanilla rum.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the rum, orange liqueur, lemon juice and Lillet Blanc. Shake until well chilled, then strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange or lemon twist. Start to finish: 10 minutes. Servings: One.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass, then garnish with fruit. Start to finish: 10 minutes. Servings: One.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the sugar and mint sprig. Add the rum and lime juice, then shake until the sugar is dissolved. Strain into a double old fashioned filled with ice, then top off with club soda. Garnish with another sprig of fresh mint. Start to finish: 10 minutes Servings: One.