Rum Guide & Recipes
Being from the Caribbean we are partial to our rum. Every island has it’s own brand and, in the course of a lifetime, we have come to know most. In the Virgin Islands Cruzan is the rum of choice. We’ll take a Cruzan and coke (also known as a Cuba Libre) with a generous twist of lime almost anytime.
The French islands distill their rum using the rhum agricole method which delivers a purer but stronger finished product. We love the Depaz VSOP which is an aged dark rum Perfect over the rocks. Add a generous twist of lime and a measure of simple syrup for a Ti Punch, which is the most common way to enjoy rum in Martinique or Guadeloupe.
Our current favorite cocktail is a rum sour. Combine the juice of 2 limes and a lemon then pour a measure into a shaker. Add almost the same amount of simple syrup and then two measures of rum plus a dash or two of Angostura bitters. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a tumbler with more ice and garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange. As a variation you can add a dash of fresh squeezed OJ with the lemon and lime juice. We like this with Zacapa 23 year old rum which has a smooth and smoky flavor. Cheers!