There's nothing better than a rum cocktail. Since rum is a historic drink, here are 3 cocktails made with dark rums that are older than time itself.
Rums are complex liquors, bearing various variants, types, and flavors. Not only are rums rather versatile but it has a deep, and rich history to match as well. From light to dark rum, whatever you choose will taste delicious but darks rum hold an extra layer of flavor that can't be denied.
Your mind might go straight to the beach when you hear rum but these dark rum cocktails are timeless and loved by everyone!
Dark Rum Mojito
You've probably seen the mojito typically made with light rum but dark rum is a refreshing change on the classic cocktail. The extra spiciness of the dark rum creates a nice contrast with the lightly tart components.
This may sound surprising but the mojito has actually been around since the 16th century! The cocktail was conceived aboard Sir Francis Drake's privateer ships. It was traditionally used as a medical tonic to help the crewmen avoid diseases like scurvy and dysentery.
To make a mojito: muddle limes, mint leaves, and sugar in the bottom of a tall, sturdy glass. Add Pusser's Rum and ice, then shake vigorously. Strain into a high ball glass, add ice and top with soda water!
The Mai Tai
The Mai Tai was born during the cocktail renaissance post-prohibition era. Once the prohibition ended, the American people who were sick of bathtub Gin were craving new and exciting cocktail ingredients and that was displayed neatly in The Mai Tai. A perfect combination of sweet, and a little nutty.
To create a Mai Tai, grab your cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Add 2 oz Pusser's Rum, 1/2 oz of orange curacao, 1/2 oz of orgeat syrup, and lime! Shake well and strain into a rock glass. Feel free to play with your garnishing but traditionally you would garnish with mint, a lime shell, and enjoy.
The Painkiller was created in the British Isles using what is known as "navy style" rum, this comes from the early 60s when the navy sailors were allowed a daily ration of rum. Navy style rum references a specific type of dark rum that is held to the Admiralty's Specifications.
To make The delicious Painkiller, first grab your shaker! Next, add 2 oz Pusser's Rum, 4 oz pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and a dash of orange juice then shake vigorously. Strain into a high ball glass, add ice, and garnish with a pineapple wedge.
Dark Rums History Created Timeless Cocktails
From sailing the seven seas to helping celebrate the end of prohibition, rum has found its way into the crevices of various historical pasts. Though lovers of craft cocktails have always held the extra flavorful dark rum close to their heart, it's not too surprising the liquor holds a rich history.
With its tropical origins, a rum cocktail is an effortless way to unwind during those blistering summer nights. Next time you concoct a rum drink, reflect on the sailors that used to get through vast adventures with the help of this spicy-sweet liquor.