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BEST RUM COCKTAILS – volume 01

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– Welcome to the cocktail blog. I’m Steve the Bartender and today I’m gonna show you how to make five iconic rum cocktails. All of which are really tasty and simple to recreate at home. I’ll start of off with two of the most popular cocktails being the mojito and the daiquiri, and then move on to a couple of also popular but probably lesser known cocktails. And then I’ll finish it off with one you’ve probably never heard of. So make sure you stick around. So this is only volume one of many, so if you’re not a subscriber already make sure you hit the subscribe button below and of course don’t forget to hit the bell button so you don’t miss out on any of our future uploads.

First off, a classic daiquiri. A daiquiri is a three ingredient cocktail that is both balanced and citrusy and has got a lot of tang to it. It’s often said that it’s a perfect drink to test out a bartender to make sure that they can balance flavors. So you start off with your cocktail shaker and measure out 60ml of Havana Club. Of course, before I get started, if you do wanna mix, you will notice that I’ve got a few rums here.

If you don’t have that many rums, if you’ve got one rum, you’ve got an aged rum, a light rum, you can use that across all the cocktails and they’re still gonna work. They’re not gonna be the same recipe, obviously, but that means you don’t have to go out and buy a lot of booze. So start with 60ml, 2 ounces, of your white rum. Bacardi is also a good choice. Followed by fresh lime juice. 30ml, or 1 ounce. Followed by simple syrup, 22.5ml, 3/4 of an ounce. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and then give it a good shake for like 12 seconds. And strain it into a chilled cocktail glass, a coupe, a Nick and Nora, or a martini. And garnish with a lime wheel. There you have a daiquiri. Next up, we’ve got the mojito.

The origins of the mojito is a little bit mysterious but there are reports that it goes back as far as the 16th century, but we can all be certain it’s an extremely refreshing cocktail and it’s perfect for summer. Start with your highball glass and add about 10 mint leaves, 60ml or 2 ounces of your preferred white rum. I’m using Havana Club. And 30ml or 1 ounce of your fresh lime juice. So just gently press them in. Followed by 22.5ml or 3/4 ounce of your simple syrup, before filling the glass with ice. Next up add some soda water to the glass. It should be about 60ml. If you prefer you can use crushed ice as well. Garnish with a big mint sprig.

And serve it with a steel straw. There you have a mojito. So cocktail number three, the mai tai. This particular recipe is a slight variation or adaptation of Trader Vic’s recipe from 1944. So the original recipe does call for Wray and Nephew Rum which is extremely rare and extremely expensive. So I’m obviously gonna substitute that, and also instead of using a rock candy syrup, which is a 2:1 sugar syrup, I’m gonna increase the orange curacao just a little bit. So start off with your cocktail shaker and measure out 60ml of your aged rum. So 60ml, 2 ounces, followed by 22.5ml or 3/4 ounce of your curacao. I’m using Pierre Ferarand, if that’s how you pronounce it. If not, correct me below. Followed by fresh lime juice, 30ml. And lastly, 15ml of orgeat. And for those you don’t know, orgeat is an almond syrup. If you prefer to make your orgeat at home, then I’ll link to another video up here.

Now add ice to your cocktail shaker, shake for 12 seconds, and strain it into a double old fashioned glass with ice. Then garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint. So there you have a mai tai, cheers. Next up the dark and stormy, or should I say the safe harbor. So the Gosling’s family has a trademark on the name dark and stormy so you can only use the Gosling’s rum. So today I’m not making a dark and stormy, I’m making a safe harbor. So just ensure that you use a spicy ginger beer.

Don’t substitute that for ginger ale. And the original recipe doesn’t call for a squeeze of lime juice. It does call for a lime wedge, but the first thing you’re probably gonna do when you start drinking is squeeze the lime anyway. So it’s completely up to you. So start with your highball glass. This is actually only a small volume, so I’m probably gonna use a little bit less ginger beer than what I would recommend.

Add ice to your glass. And poor in your spicy ginger beer. Make sure you leave some room at the top. And add 60ml of your dark rum. And add a wedge of lime and serve with a straw. There you have the dark and stormy. So to wrap up volume one of our rum cocktails is the salty bird. So unsure if you’ve heard it before. If you have, please let me know and comment below. But this particular recipe is from Lauren Shell. She’s currently working at the Everleigh, or I think she’s part owner of the Everleigh, in Australia and she was formerly working at Little Branch and Milk & Honey in the States. Her cocktail is a bittersweet, rum laced, pineapple sipper, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy. So start with your cocktail shaker and measure out 45ml, 1.5 ounces, of your white rum. Then follow it with 22.5ml, or 3/4 ounce, of Campari. So this cocktail is kind of jungle bird-esque. If you’re not familiar with that, I’ll link to the video just here. Now measure 45ml of pineapple juice. Maybe give it a little bit of a shake first.

Follow that with 15ml, .5 ounce, of fresh lime juice. And likewise for your simple syrup. And finish that with a pinch of salt to counteract the bitterness of the Campari. Add ice to your Boston glass and give it a shake for 12 seconds. So this is a really large glass, it’s got a lot of capacity. So I’m gonna strain in and then fill it with crushed ice. This pineapple may look really small but it’s a new range of baby pineapples that they’ve been releasing locally. For the garnish, you’ve got pineapple juice in the drink, so a thin slice of pineapple would work perfectly. So you might be asking why I added the ice last. It just kinda helps with the capacity. I know how much ice I need to add rather than doing it in reverse. And I’m also gonna a little bit of a mint sprig.

Finish with a straw, and there you’ve got a salty bird, cheers! So there you have have five rum cocktails. So make sure you let me know in comments below which rum cocktail out of these five you would prefer. Thanks for watching, make sure you like and subscribe. Don’t forget to hit that bell button so you don’t miss out on volume two of the rum cocktails, cheers..

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