Let us rejoice: back in October, President Obama lifted the ban on Cuban cigars and rum. That means that travelers visiting the island could purchase and bring back as much Cuban rum as they liked (as long as it's for personal consumption). So if you're lucky enough to have generous friends, you may be in possession of one delicious bottle of rum. Click on for ideas on how to use it.
This is the quintessential rum recipe: the tropical drink that made rum famous, the Piña Colada. Created at the Caribe Hilton in 1954 by bartender Ramón "Monchito" Marrero, the cocktail quickly became one of the most popular at the bar. In fact, Marrero left quite the legacy, as the Piña Colada is now the official drink of Puerto Rico!
This Spanish version of the Moscow Mule is made with Dos Maderas PX Rum. After five years of aging in oak barrels in the Carribean, this dark amber colored rum is sailed to Spain where it undergoes an additional five years of aging, first in barrels that held Palo Cortado Sherry and then in Pedro Ximenez (PX) barrels. The smoky flavors and fig notes add a distinctly Andalucian touch.
Named for the explorer who established the town of Darien in Panama and who is credited with discovering the Pacific Ocean, Balboa Punch is a thirst-quenching blend of Panamanian rum and tropical fruit juices. Ron Abuelo 7 Años gets its deep color and mellow taste from resting seven years in small oak barrels and a great addition to your bar.
Rum Diplomático is produced at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Venezuela. This line, the Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, is aged for 12 years in used bourbon and sherry barrels, which impart a deep color and complex flavor to the finished rum. Use it to mix a strong and elegant Old Fashioned with some Latin flavor.
Created by mixologist David Gonsalves, of Chicago’s The Violet Hour, the June & Henry gets its Latin spice from the addition of Ancho Reyes chili liqueur. Winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2015, The Violet Hour’s cocktail menu features 22 seasonal libations that highlight the well-chosen ingredients. This cocktail mixes rhum with lime juice and simple syrup, chili liqueur, and cool cucumbers.