Now that you’ve made a number of cocktails with both gin and whiskey, you’re probably looking to add a third bottle to your collection. We’ll get around to adding a complimentary spirit in a few weeks, but for now we suggest adding a third base: the ever versatile rum.
Rum is made from the fermentation and distillation of sugarcane by-products (such as molasses), and typically has a mild sweetness and sugary flavour. Like gin, there are a number of varieties of rum, but they are typically divided into three categories: white, amber, and dark. White rums are fermented in steel and have a mild, slightly sweet taste. Amber rums are aged in oak casks, and have a deeper and sweeter flavour. Dark rums are aged in charred casks, making the flavour quite full bodied. Spiced rums are popular for mixed drinks, but have limited uses for cocktails, with the exception of long drinks like the Dark & Stormy.
For your first bottle, we recommend a white rum, as the more neutral flavour profile makes a good foundation from which to build the flavours of your drink. Feel free to try amber or dark rums in the future, too. Aged amber rums can often be used in place of whiskey in boozy stirred drinks, so if you have amber rum try our Old Fashioned recipe with rum in place of whiskey.