Thursday, May 13th 2021: Save the date! It’s World Cocktail Day and, in our humble opinion, there’s no greater way to celebrate than with some good old, homemade rum cocktails.
This World Cocktail Day, relax and just enjoy yourself while experimenting with some mixology from the comfort of your home. Of course, we’ll tell you exactly how and why to make each of these dynamic drinks on this annual event. But where did this day come from? Stay with us and we’ll talk you all there is to know.
What Mixes Well With Rum?
Rum is known for being one of the best distilled spirits for the purpose of mixing drinks. Pairing lighter (young) or darker (aged) rums with flavor specific ingredients can make you into a mixologist within minutes; one of many reasons why rum have so many fun combinations.
Light and dark is the key, you see. Rum holds very distinct flavor profiles between blends, so knowing how to best mix each of them is essential to successful cocktail making. Here are some of the better flavor pairing profiles for both white and dark rums:
Best White Rum Mixers
Younger, lighter rums tend to be more versatile when it comes to mixing. Tropical fruits, herbal blends and sweet treats make for easy, homemade cocktails when paired with a premium white rum. Some of our favorite combinations include:
Coconut water, tonic water, flavored waters, lemon or lime, pineapple juice, maple syrup, herbal teas, champagne, pink grapefruit juice, marmalades, pomegranate syrup, lavender bitters, herbs.
Best Dark Rum Mixers
Darker, aged rums are naturally complex on the palate. The mixing spectrum remains broad, however it gravitates more toward spices, dark fruits and decadent treats. Here are some that we’d recommend:
Bitters, orange juice, cranberry juice, ginger ale, fruit punch, cola, ice cream/cream, spices, chocolate, coffee, iced tea, vanilla, grenadine, limes, passion fruit, caramel.
Best Rum Cocktail Recipes
These three iconic rum cocktail recipes are loved far and wide. The mojito, daiquiri and piña colada form part of a universal language that seems to be understood no matter where in the world one finds themselves. Classic cocktails have a special way of bringing us home, even when we are far from it.
A well-made mojito is about freshness, balance and to suit all tastes. This is a versatile drink, one that falls under both light and dark rum cocktails, depending on your personal flavor preference. You’ll need:
- 50ml of Diplomático Planas
- 5ml lime juice
- 5ml sugar syrup
- 25ml soda water
- 4 to 6 fresh mint leaves
Set the mint in the bottom of a tall glass, and mash it with a muddler (or the back of a knife). Add the rest of the ingredients, charging with soda and crushed ice last. There you have it — a classic mojito!
The Negroni (with a twist)
It took a good century or so, but the Negroni is now one of the most widely embraced cocktails in the world. Traditionally the Negroni is made with gin, but we add a twist by replacing this liquor with a very special rum.
- 30ml of Diplomático Mantuano
- 20ml sweet vermouth
- 20ml Campari (apricot infused)
- Ice cubes
Add all of the ingredients into a tall glass, and stir. Strain it over ice into a classic tumbler, and garnish with a grapefruit peel (one final twist!).
The daiquiri is the epitome of simplicity, and amongst the most popular of all rum cocktails. To make a daiquiri at home, you’ll need:
- 50ml of Diplomático Planas
- 20ml fresh lime juice
- 15ml sugar syrup
- Lemon slice to garnish
Shake all of the listed ingredients together and serve in a previously chilled glass. Elegance made drink, right?
The Piña Colada
If you like piña colada… You’ll love our classic recipe!
- 50ml of Diplomático Planas
- 120ml pineapple juice
- 40ml coconut milk
- 1tsp lime juice
- 15 ice cubes
Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with fresh pineapple. Then, let yourself go and enjoy!
A classic cocktail from the 1800s that we like to add a twist. Manhattan cocktails offer room for creativity, so our rum-based version is the perfect pre-dinner drink.
- 70ml of Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
- 30ml red Vermouth
Shake all of the ingredients together and then strain into any glass of your choosing. Garnish with maraschino and a lemon peel.
Aged Rum Cocktails
Aged cocktails, like spiced rum cocktails, offer a more layered and experimental cocktail making experience. Typically, using aged rums gives a unique depth and complexity to every mix no matter what accompanying ingredients are chosen.
Here are some better known cocktails, and the Diplomático rum that pairs best with each of them:
- Classic Old Fashioned — Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
- Rum Mule — Diplomático Mantuano
- Mai Tai — Diplomático Mantuano
- Side Car — Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
- Dark Rum Mojito (also known as a Dirty Mojito) — Diplomático Mantuano
- ClassicStrawberry Daiquiri —Diplomático Planas
World Cocktail Day History
If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, consider World Cocktail Day as an official, unofficial global holiday. On this very day, back in 1806, a newsagent in upstate New York responded to a reader query, consequently publishing the first recorded definition of the concept “cock-tail”.
Their description? “A stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters”. Cool, right?
That newspaper was The Balance and Columbian Repository, and for a long time they actually claimed to have been the first ever printers of the word itself. This claim was later proved false, as the word “cocktail” was found to have been printed previously in London in 1798, and in an agricultural handbook in the United States in 1803.
The Balance publication in 1806 would have been the first time the word “cocktail” was used in reference to an alcoholic beverage. Prior to this, a ‘cocktail’ was a horse’s tail that stuck upward rather than hung down, indicating the horse was not thoroughbred, but rather mixed-breed. From there, it was a short jump to mixed-drinks!
Did you write it all down? After class, we expect to test your skills! Ice cubes, cocktail glass and Diplomático… Let’s enjoy the World Cocktail Day!