The daiquiri is one of the simplest drinks I know how to make, needing only three ingredients, yet it is capable of being one of the best cocktails you’ll ever drink if you get the balance, and the ingredients, correct. I was recently lucky enough to try a few different daiquiris, all expertly made, where the only difference was the rum used in each (if you ever get the chance, try a daiquiri using St Nicholas Abbey White Rum!). Due to the huge choice of rums out there, and the different character each will bring, this this is a drink you can never get tired of trying again and again.
Also known as a Perfect Storm, the Dark ‘n’ Stormy takes its name from the pleasing effect which is created when layering dark rum over ginger beer. Sometimes the simplest things are truly the best things and few things could be simpler than this three-ingredient mix. Perfect for dark nights and clear days, you want to have this drink at the forefront of your mind when creating any lists or suggesting popular drinks.
Many bars, clubs and restaurants will offer a ‘cocktail of the week/month’ – something which is not on the regular menu but offered for a brief time and normally a creation of the in-house bar staff (even in the larger chains). What you might have guessed is that these promotional cocktails are an excellent way to move overstock which is stubbornly refusing to sell itself on the bar.
The bar in which I currently work is no different and at the moment we have an excess of white rum and pineapple juice. As such, the cocktail we’ll be promoting is the El Presidente, which is an effective way to use up both ingredients quickly. The picture below is the ‘tester’ I threw together yesterday.
Like the Mojito, this is another drink which Bacardi can claim some sort of ownership over. However, because I find it such a difficult spirit to get my head around – seeming to lack all of the qualities I look for and love in a rum – I’ll be going with Havana for this recipe. While I’d always mix a Cuba Libre up for myself using, at the very least, Havana 7, when I’m working behind the bar, I reach for the white rum and, as such, this is going to feature Havana Club (3).
The Cuba Libre is one of the simplest cocktails out there, featuring three simple ingredients and, at times, it’s hard to truly distinguish between this and a simple rum & coke. Some places won’t differentiate between the two at all, but a little more effort can make a huge difference to the drink that you end up serving.