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Nov 10, 2009 07:45 PM

Over-abundance of white rum - Seeking cocktails


We host a large party each year that had its roots in a "Bar-Stocking Party"...We'll make gobs of great Cajun/Creole food...Please help us stock our new bar.

It seemed a bit crass, at the time, but everyone loves it. Where else can a bunch of Wisconsinites have a crawfish feed?

Over the years, despite our pouring of countless Hurricanes, we have amassed a LARGE stock of white rum....primarily Bacardi.

I am seeking inspiration to use this product. I am a drinker of gin martinis and other classic cocktails (Manhattans, Negronis, Aviations). I am, however, a bit at a loss for similar recipes that are based on white rum. I'm sampling a "Bacardi Martini"....Rum, with dry vermouth and's OK, but am seeking your inspired suggestions.

Sweet is OK, but am hoping for a recipe evocative of those concoctions mentioned above.

However, I will take on all long as the ingredients are relatively common and inexpensive....We're in a recession, dontcha know? Please don't take me down the "Creme de XXXX" path.

Yours frugally and chowishly,


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  1. Rum, dry vermouth, and bitters? I'm pretty sure that is an "El Presidente"

    A Bacardi cocktail is basically a rum sour.
    2 oz Bacardi white
    1 oz fresh lime juice
    1/2 oz grenadine
    shake with ice, strain, serve straight-up

    But to address your question....

    The Aviation, and Negroni are two really complex drinks, (and really different from one another) that involve ingredients with a lot of flavor and subtlety - Gin and Campari.
    It is going to be a bit of a challenge to find that kind of drink using a serviceable, but relatively simple spirit like Bacardi white. A lot will depend on the other ingredients you add to it.

    Have you had a "Fig Leaf" ?
    1 1/2 oz sweet vermouth (Use Vya brand, yes I know, recession, but Vya is worth it)
    3/4 oz light rum
    1/2 oz fresh lime juice
    1 dash Angostura bitters
    shake with ice, strain, serve straight-up

    I have a few other ideas, but let me taste test tonight, and get back to you.
    I have a big bottle of Bacardi white left over from a party, too! And I like to experiment.

    Oh, and if you are drinking Aviations, then you have Creme de Violette, and Maraschino, in your arsenal?

    3 Replies
    1. re: jerryc123

      Thanks Jerry,

      I agree with your assessment of the "El Presidente"'s not a "Bacardi Cocktail" but a cocktail I made with Bacardi.

      Yes to the complexity of the concoctions I referenced. I was seeking to describe the types of cocktails to which I gravitate.

      Finally, yes....I have the Marashino and Creme de Violette on the shelf. I'm lucky enough to live close enough to (and thankfully far enough from) Chicago to be able to hit a massive liquor store there. It was the only place I could find the Violette. Apparently no distributors in Wisconsin handle it!

      Thanks for the feedback!

      1. re: Monch

        "Casa Blanca" Cocktail
        2 oz Bacardi light rum
        1/2 oz fresh lime juice
        1/4 oz Maraschino liqueur
        1/4 oz Triple Sec
        1 dash Angostura bitters
        Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
        Brandied cherry for garnish

        I tried this tonight, but I'm not a huge fan. The Angostura is what gives it it's character, other than that it's kind of bland and muddy. It might be worth playing with. Maybe Regan's orange bitters instead of Angostura...
        I'm going to keep looking around. There must be something besides fruit-based drinks for light rum. I think vermouth and/or potable bitters is the direction to go in. I have a bottle of Fernet-Branca - I wonder if I can make up something with that? Hmm.....
        I'll be back.

        1. re: jerryc123

          "Diabolo #3"
          2 oz white rum
          1/2 oz dry vermouth
          1/2 oz Cointreau
          2 dashes Angostura bitters
          Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
          Lemon twist for garnish

    2. Classic Mojito
      Muddled mint
      simple syrup
      Juice of 1/2 lime
      Splash of soda

      Rum, lime, simple syrup

      Rum and Watermelon Juice (Amazing drink)
      Watermelon juice (mash watermelon with potato masher and force through sieve)
      simple syrup

      Rum (preferably light and dark)
      Pineapple juice
      Orange juice

      Rum and Apple Cider serve hot or cold
      Add spices optionally

      1. a simple rum and tonic with a squeeze of lime is good

        1. You might like a Between The Sheets cocktail

          1. Some other rum ideas:

            Havana Cocktail
            1 1/2 oz light rum
            1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
            1 1/2 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
            Twist of lemon peel
            Shake the rum, lemon juice, and pineapple juice with ice; then strain over ice into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

            Classic Daiquiri
            1 1/2 oz light rum
            1 oz fresh lime juice
            1 tsp simple syrup or superfine sugar
            Shake all ingredients well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.