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Rum Revival

Once overlooked by connoisseurs, rum has been revitalized by quality craftsmanship and superpremium brands that have put the sugary spirit back on the top shelf
Jack Bettridge
From the Print Edition:
Tom Berenger, July/Aug 2007

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Rum, much like vodka, may also be flavored, and that has become a thrust in the market as well, one in which Bacardi has become a major player. But even as it pursues the fashions of taste, it perseveres in its commitment to premium quaffs. That is one of the aspects setting rum apart from many spirits: the spectrums of tastes and quality levels span from fun, light spirits to the now more appreciated connoisseur rums.

"It's become sophisticated," says Mount Gay's Schuessler. "People see it doesn't just belong in a drink with an umbrella. It's a bigger world of possibilities in a glass."

All Mixed Up
What do you do after you've savored some of the world's best sipping rum? Make cocktails!

Ron Zacapa Daiquiri
Ignore the convention for white rum and make this classic sing with rich flavor.
1 1/2 oz. Ron Zacapa 21-year-old
1/2 oz. lime juice
2 tbsp. simple syrup
Slice of lime
Shake ingredients over ice, strain and serve straight up with a lime garnish.

Havana Club Mojito
Havana Club adds glycerin to the mint and lime.
1 1/2 oz. Havana Club
12 fresh spearmint leaves
1/2 lime
2 tbsp. simple syrup
Club soda
Muddle mint leaves and lime in a tall glass. Cover with simple syrup and fill glass with ice. Add rum and club soda; stir well. Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprigs.

Oronoco Carioca Gimlet
Oronoco lends Latin flavor to this drink usually made with gin.
1 1/2 oz. Oronoco
2 freshly cut lime wedges
Splash of lime juice
Splash of tonic and soda
Mix Oronoco Rum, lime wedges, lime juice and ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and lime wedges. Top with equal splashes of tonic and soda.

Gosling's Black Seal Dark 'n' Stormy
The cocktail that made this dark rum's name.
1.5 oz. Gosling's Black Seal
Ginger beer (Barritt's)
Lime
Pour rum over ice in a highball glass. Fill with ginger beer and garnish with lime.

Bacardi Bacardi Cocktail
The recipe calls for light, but why not use its best expression for its namesake cocktail.
2 oz. Bacardi 8
1 oz. lime juice
1 tsp. grenadine
Shake ingredients over ice in a shaker and strain into a cocktail glass.

10 Cane Cuba Libre
Nothing improves the taste of cola quite so much.
1 1/2 oz. 10 Cane
Cola
Lime slice
Pour rum and cola over ice in a highball glass and garnish with lime.

Mount Gay Forbidden Pleasure
The best fruits of the Caribbean in a glass.
1 1/2 oz. Mount Gay Eclipse
1/2 of a fresh banana
1 1/2 oz. Ponche Kuba
2 1/2 oz. cream of coconut
2 oz. pineapple juice
Mint sprig
Blend with ice; garnish with mint.


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