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
From the Print Edition:
Tom Berenger, July/Aug 2007
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Pampero Winter Mojito
This rich rum can even go out in the cold.
1 1/2 oz. Ron Anejo Pampero Especial
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
6 sprigs of mint
Muddle all but 1 sprig of mint and bitters in a shaker. Add Pampero, lime and maple syrup. Let sit for one minute. Shake hard. Strain over fresh ice into a double old-fashioned glass and garnish with remaining mint. Made with hot water, it becomes a toddy.
The rum's light fruit notes enliven this Bloody Mary variant.
1 1/2 oz. Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica
3 oz. Clamato or Bloody Mary mix
Season to taste with horseradish, Tabasco, pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce or lime juice. Rim highball glass in sea salt and/or pepper. Garnish with celery stick and olives.
An elegant rum for an elegant cocktail.
2 oz. Cruzan Single Barrel Estate
Dash of Grand Marnier or Cointreau
Fresh lemon juice
Shake ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain and pour into a sugar-rimmed Martini glass.
Flor de Caña
Nicaragua's spirit soars in this national drink, named for an indigenous bird.
1 1/2 oz. Flor de Caña Extra Dry 4 year old
1 oz. guava juice
1 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/3 oz. simple sugar
1 orange slice
1 cherry with stem
Fill 1/2 of a cocktail shaker with ice and add rum, juices and simple sugar. Shake well for 20 to 30 seconds, serve in a tall glass with orange and cherry.
Tommy brings Champagne to his rum.
2/3 part Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum
1/3 part peach schnapps
1 part cranberry juice
Put all ingredients, except the Champagne, into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake quickly. Strain into a chilled glass and top up with Champagne. Stir quickly to bring the effervescence into play. Garnish with a small, delicate flower.
Cuban—style rum calls for a Cuban cocktail.
1.5 oz. Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva
Juice from half a lime
1.5 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. pineapple juice
Shake ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist.
Photos by Marc Vaughn and David Price, respectively
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