5 Best Rums for Cocktails

Ultimate Beverage Challenge - Rum Cocktails

 


This week, we bring you the rum cocktail edition of our Ultimate Beverage Challenge series. Nine rums were tasted in three classic cocktail recipes, the Daiquiri, the Mojito and the Mai Tai, with only five earning finalist positions. Read on for the results and the classic cocktail recipes.

For more Ultimate Beverage Challenge information, see our full competition coverage. To learn more about the challenges, see the UBC website.

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Daiquiri

2 ounces rum
¾ ounce simple syrup
¾ ounce fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a small cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

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Chairman's Trophy: Banks 5 Island White Rum

Chairman's Trophy: Banks 5 Island White Rum West Indies, 93pts
Finalist: DonQ Cristal Rum Puerto Rico, 90pts

Mojito

2 ounces rum
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
8 mint leaves plus 1 sprig (use tender, young mint sprigs)
1 ounce club soda

Gently muddle the mint leaves with the simple syrup and the lime juice in the bottom of the serving glass. Add the rum and the ice; shake and strain in Collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with the mint sprig.

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Chairman's Trophy: Banks 5 Island White Rum

Chairman's Trophy: Banks 5 Island White Rum West Indies, 97pts
Finalist: Holey Dollar Silver Coin Premium Rum Australia, 93pts
Finalist: Cruzan Aged Light Rum St. Croix, USVI, 91pts
Finalist: Plantation Vintage 2000 Jamaica Rum France, 91pts

Mai Tai

2 ounces rum
½ ounce orange curaçao
1 ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce orgeat syrup

Shake well with ice and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with ice. No garnish.

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Chairman's Trophy: Holey Dollar Silver Coin Premium Rum

Chairman's Trophy: Holey Dollar Silver Coin Premium Rum Australia, 92pts
Finalist: Plantation Vintage 2000 Jamaica Rum France, 90pts

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