Aged rum cocktails. The dark rum rules.

Aged rum isn’t the most prefered base for a cocktail although it makes a great alternative to whiskey or any other dark liquor. Dark rums add a certain depth to a cocktail. To show you what this dark spirit is capable of, here are 5 aged rum based cocktails that will have your spirits soaring.

The Black Barrel Sazerac: It’s usually made with a rye-whiskey or Cognac, but the Sazerac will sparkle if you swap the whiskey for dark aged rum. Throw in some agave nectar and white creme de cacao and you are all set to go. The result is a mild cocktail, so feel free to throw in some bitters for that extra pop!

Here is the recipe.

 

Planter’s Punch: This is an age-old recipe from the time when the rum was rough and needed to be balanced by lime, bitters and sugar. Nowadays, though, fine aged rum can bring a whole new character to the classic.

Here is the recipe.

 

Coquito: Aged rum mixed with coconut milk and cream results in a heady mix and the Coquito is exactly that. Coconut cream, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla with aged dark rum makes for the perfect nightcap!

Here is the recipe.

 

The Aged Rum Sidecar: Made with just three ingredients, the Sidecar is a classic. Cognac usually serves as a base for this classic, but why not take a few liberties and turn it around to include aged dark rum. With orange liqueur and lime, this cocktail will have you racing for more.

Here is the recipe.

 

The Manhattan: Bartenders the world over usually use a whiskey base to prepare this classic cocktail, but try swapping the whiskey with aged dark rum for a warmer flavour. Add sweet Vermouth, orange bitters and an orange twist and flip a coin to decide if you want it shaken or stirred!

Here is the recipe.

 

 

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