Rum-based drinks that don't use many ingredients?
I have some white (Ayers and Castillo) and dark (Ayers) rum to kill, but I don't have many of the other traditional tropical/tiki mixers, and I don't really feel like juicing a lot of fruit. What are some simple drinks that make good use of these spirits?
A Daiquiri *is* just a rum sour. ;)
In addition to these, how about a simple rum and tonic. I like it best with dark rum and a squeeze of lime.
If you tell us what ingredients you have and what sorts of drinks you like, I think we could provide better ideas.
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Rum and coke?
Orange juice and pineapple juice are also good rum mixers, too -- and no, you don't have to juice anything to get them.
(a shot of lime juice *always* makes rum drinks better, but it's not required)
Here's a dead simple prototype for a refreshing rum drink, and quite honestly any rum will do:
1 oz rum
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup (or Cointreau or Cherry Heering or Benedictine...play with it ad lib!)
1 dash bitters
Combine over ice in highball, toss back and forth in mixing glass, top with seltzer, stir lightly and enjoy.
I've never had any of those rums before, but if you have any sweet vermouth around, you can try a Chaparra.
The original recipe calls for equal parts light rum and sweet vermouth, garnished with a lemon twist.
Its dead simple ingredients-wise, but I find equal parts tend to make the drink too vermouth heavy, especially if you're using something really flavourful like Marteletti or Carpano Antica. I found a 3:2 ratio was a good starting point, but it depends on what your ingredients are. However, when I made it with a darker Rum, a ratio closer to 1:1 worked well.
The beauty of such a simple ratio is that you can stir up small tasters with ease, to find that perfect bit.
Experiment and enjoy!