Favorite Rum Drinks
When it comes to picking the favorite rum drinks, anything goes. Adding different flavored rums can change the drink into a whole new drink with a variety of flavor sensations. There is a big difference between light and dark rums, spiced rums and aged rums. Choosing the right rum for the best drink can be a delightful experience and yet a life long process.
Fruit and fruit punch is the favorite ingredient in rum drinks. Although Planter’s Punch isn’t the name of a specific cocktail, it is the generic name of any rum based punch. There are a multitude of recipes calling for different juices and punch combinations. Favorite rum cocktails are:
Place mint leaves in bottom of glass. Add crushed ice, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, sugar, and lime juice, and muddle. Add soda water and garnish with mint leaves.
Piña Colada – The Piña Colada has been around since the 1950s. It blends the flavors of coconut and pineapple. It was concocted on the island of Puerto Rico and has become an immediate favorite.
Put all ingredients into an electric blender with 2 cups of crushed ice. Blend at a high speed for a short length of time. Strain into a collins glass and serve with a straw.
Strawberry Daiquiri – Daiquiris are a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum and lime juice. TheDaiquiri was Hemingway’s favorite drink. There are a number of different versions. The Hemingway Special Daiquiri has a splash of grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.
Add ingredients with a bit of ice in a blender. Blend and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish w/ strawberry.
Mai Tai – The Mai Tai became such a popular cocktail in the 1950’s and 1960’s that virtually every restaurant, particularly tiki-themed restaurant or bar served them.
Pour light rum, crème de almond and triple sec, in order, into a collins glass. Almost fill with equal parts of sweet and sour mix and pineapple juice. Add dark rum, a large straw, and serve unstirred.
Long Island Iced Tea – The Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT) is the basis of many elaborate mixed-drinks. It dates to the 70’s, named after the continental USA’s largest island Long Island, in New York. Although it doesn’t contain tea, its taste is similar. The drink sits in the top 5 of most popular cocktails.
Mix ingredients together over ice in a glass. Pour into a shaker and give one brisk shake. Pour back into the glass and make sure there is a touch of fizz at the top. Garnish with lemon.
Coquito – Coquito is an eggnog-like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. The drink is commonly associated with the Christmas holidays
Boil the cinnamon sticks in the water. Take the sticks out when the water is yellow and has the smell and taste of cinnamon. Add the evaporated milk, condensed milk and egg yolks and cook at low temperature. Stir while cooking to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pot. When it is boiling for a few minutes, add the cream of coconut and rum. Stir well and take off the burner. Let it cool and it will be ready. Keep it in the refrigerator and it will last for a very long time.