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Aug 14, 2011 08:46 PM

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?

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  1. Ice,creamy peanut butter,vanilla ice cream,simple syrup,rum,blender = peanut punch.

    1. I think you at least need to squeeze a lime or two. Fresh lime/lemon juice will be your savior for good rum drinks.

      You could do a rum sour, a mojito or a daquiri

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      1. re: quazi

        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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      2. 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)

        1. 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 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.

          1. 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!

            4 Replies
            1. re: theregoesnorman

              Dark rum or lite rum and ginger beer! Hooray for beer!

                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  Coconut water is also good, mixed with just about anything - but you have to watch if you drink a whole can at once, it has a bit of a laxative effect.

                  1. re: ncyankee101

                    Rum + coconut water + a dash of Ango, on the rocks, is a great drink. I've never encountered the laxative effect but I have encountered the effect of the drink going down way, way, way too easily... dangerous any way you look at it!