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Rum Cocktails without Juices or Sodas

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I was just looking through Rum Cocktails and Rum Drinks, and basically every single recipe in both discussions has some kind of juice component to it. The only exceptions seem to be the rum-and-fizz variations (Dark and Stormy, Rum and Tonic, etc.). And even those are usually garnished with citrus! Are there rum drinks out there along the lines of a Manhattan or a Martini? Not necessarily in terms of ingredient count, but in terms of style?

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There are several rum drinks without juices or sodas in Dave Wondrich's Killer Cocktails: Bull's Milk (cognac, rum, simple syrup, milk, nutmeg); Sano Grog (bourbon, rum, grand marnier, sugar---garnished with lemon, though); Picador (rum, crème de menthe, bitters); 19-B (rye, rum, grand marnier, mint). None of them is particularly Manhattan- or Martini-like, though.

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The Palmetto is the Manhattan with rum I think. 

There are also a lot of interesting rum old fashioned to be tried. 

 

Two versions I had and enjoyed :

Santa Teresa/simple syrup/fee brothers whiskey barrel aged bitters

Smith & Cross/cinnamon syrup/orange bitters (top with rhubarb bitters) 


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Use rum instead of whiskey in a Sazerac, and you get a fine beverage.

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I second the Kingston Negroni, and also a rum Old Fashioned. If you pick an Old Fashioned, a good dark rum is excellent with some pear bitters if you want to shake it on it's tail a bit. I also like a black walnut / orange bitters combo. 

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The Kingston Negroni is indeed a must-try is if you happen to have a bottle of Smith & Cross Jamaican rum.

Rum old fashioneds (very good with falernum as the sweetener, for example).

Phil Ward's Martica is a pretty great rum Manhattan variation.

Juleps with a mix of dark rum and bourbon or rye.

Sazerac variations with dark rum a la Joaquin Simo's Latin Quarter.

 

 

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3 hours ago, FrogPrincesse said:

The Kingston Negroni is indeed a must-try is if you happen to have a bottle of Smith & Cross Jamaican rum.

Rum old fashioneds (very good with falernum as the sweetener, for example).

Phil Ward's Martica is a pretty great rum Manhattan variation.

Juleps with a mix of dark rum and bourbon or rye.

Sazerac variations with dark rum a la Joaquin Simo's Latin Quarter.

 

 

If you have some specific recipes about your juleps, I'd be thrilled to try them.

 

Kingston Negroni tonight for me 

 

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19 hours ago, ananth said:

If you have some specific recipes about your juleps, I'd be thrilled to try them.

 

Kingston Negroni tonight for me 

 

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It looks good! What did you think?

 

Here is a great one - the Thomas Mint Julep by Chris Bostik.

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On 12/20/2015 at 6:02 AM, cdh said:

Use rum instead of whiskey in a Sazerac, and you get a fine beverage.

 

On 12/21/2015 at 7:23 AM, FrogPrincesse said:

The Kingston Negroni is indeed a must-try is if you happen to have a bottle of Smith & Cross Jamaican rum.

Rum old fashioneds (very good with falernum as the sweetener, for example).

Phil Ward's Martica is a pretty great rum Manhattan variation.

Juleps with a mix of dark rum and bourbon or rye.

Sazerac variations with dark rum a la Joaquin Simo's Latin Quarter.

 

 

 

Inner Circle rum makes a very adult Sazerac.

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15 hours ago, FrogPrincesse said:

It looks good! What did you think?

 

Here is a great one - the Thomas Mint Julep by Chris Bostik.

Thanks. I love the negroni in general and am quite fond of Smith & Cross rum so that was obviously a winner for me. Replacing the hung-up, maybe too strict side of a London dry gin with some funky jamaican rum gives a really interesting variation. Definitely a must try !

Santa came early this year, he brought me two CK julep cups so perfect time for your Thomas Mint Julep. I'll try this for sure !

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What about hot buttered rum?  Done right, there's a lot of cinnamon and honey going on there, but no citrus (at least, not in the ones my family makes).  Ditto to hot ginger and rum toddies.

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Since Smith & Cross rum has been mentioned a couple times, don't forget Sam's Kinsey Report.  (You really don't have to click the link: it's equal parts S&C and Bonal).

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Carribean Julep 

 

Made by Julien Escot for the havana club international grand prix 2012, which he won. 

 

80ml of havana 7 (I used Cruzan single barrel here) 

20ml of falernum (I used Paul Clarke #10)

5 ml of pimento dram

8 mint leaves for mudling

 

 

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Lots of great suggestions so far. Here's a few more.

 

Rum Drinks Similar To A Manhattan Or Martini:

  • B.V.D. / Brown Cocktail - light or dark rum, gin and French vermouth.
  • Diablo - Angostura bitters, Cointreau, dry vermouth and rum.
  • Dunlop - rum, sherry and Angostura bitters.
  • Fair and Warmer - curacao, Italian vermouth and rum.
  • Flapper - dry vermouth, rum and aromatic bitters sweetened to taste.
  • Full House - French vermouth, Swedish punsch and rum.
  • Joburg - rum, caperitif (Lillet Blanc) and orange bitters.
  • Little Princess / Poker - Italian vermouth and rum.
  • Palmetto - rum, sweet vermouth and orange bitters.

 

Rum Cocktails Without Juices or Sodas:

  • Alexandra - egg white, cream or half & half, Kahlua and rum.
  • Bee's Kiss / Rum Zoom - rum, honey and cream.
  • Belmont Park / Sevilla Cocktail #2 - rum, fresh whole egg, port wine and powdered sugar.
  • Bumbo - rum, water, brown sugar and nutmeg.
  • Cafe Caribbean - coffee, rum, sugar and whipped cream.
  • Eggnog - eggs, milk, rum, sugar and vanilla.
  • Parisian Blonde - Jamaican rum, curacao and sweet cream.
  • Rum Flip - milk, rum and sugar.
  • Spanish Town - rum and curacao with nutmeg garnish.

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