Chances are rum is a drink you save for your holibobs. And fair enough if that's the case. It pairs well with a sun soaked beach and long afternoons with not much to do, right? Well, kind of.
If a bottle of sweet amber liquid brings images of a concerningly tanned Jack Sparrow to mind, let me reroute you. Some of our most celebrated historical figures plumped for rum when the occasion called. Ever heard of a little known scribe by the name of Ernest Hemingway or President John F. Kennedy? Yep, thought so.
In fact, when made properly, a rum cocktail is a tipple that favours a casual weekend at home as much as a tropical cabana or gently swaying hammock – no matter where you hang your hat.
Some of you will already be on the rum train, my classic Mango & Passionfruit Mojito cocktail kit is a bestseller for a reason. It’s sweet, zesty and zingy, a perfect blend of sunshine and refreshment muddled into one drink. My favourite bit? The fresh, peppery kicks of mint. Outrageously yummy.
But, if a mojito’s not your thing, not a problem. This month I’ve put my head together with the clever clogs team over at Santa Teresa rum to bring you two more rum cocktails. We’ve decided to call it Rum Month – catchy, eh? Pull up a chair and I’ll chat you through them.
Up first we have a Coconut Rum Runner cocktail kit set to transport you to a beachside bar in seconds. A much requested creation, this cocktail had been kicking around my mind many moons before it came to life this Rum Month. A heady combination of sweet coconut and banana, with sumptuous pineapple and Santa Teresa 1976 rum, you’ll be donning your swimmers and heading out to the garden sun lounger before you can say de-lish.
Not feeling nuts about coconuts? Let me show you our third rum cocktail kit, a gorgeous Rum Plum Mai Tai. Fresh with sour lime juice, it has a fruity plum sweetness along with smooth, rich round rum notes. All you need to bring to the party are some glasses, a cocktail shaker, ice cubes and fresh limes (or lime juice) to create something truly subtropical.
To make Rum Month even more special, I’ve made it possible to happen anywhere. Each of the three rum cocktails also comes in an Out-Out variation. These special kits make bartending from the park easier than ever.
Once you’ve safely got your rum cocktail kit (or tin) in hand, whichever one you decided on, follow the instructions on the recipe card and muddle your way to rum perfection. If you happen to snap a picture or a video of your tremendous tipple, make sure to tag me (@thecocktailmanlondon), I always get a kick out from seeing what you’re getting up to en casa.
The CM x