I have to admit in the world of drinks I often default to gin based drinks but as a fan of a good cocktail I have challenged myself to try other liquors. It is my mantra that there is no bad liquors just bad cocktail combos. Perhaps you find one type of spirits too sweet but perhaps you would enjoy a cocktail that balances out that sweetness with some sour or some heat. So to celebrate National Rum Day, I have partnered with Bacardi Rum to show you a variety of cocktails that should appeal to every palate.
SPICY BACARDÍ DAIQUIRI
Created by: Lee Peppink, Living Room, Calgary
2 parts BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons fine sugar
3 dashes Bittercube Bolivar bitters
Method: Shake, double strain and serve in a chilled coupe. Garnish with a spicy lime wheel. Method for spicy lime wheel: clove, anise and pepper dredge. Enjoy. Repeat.
Created by: Chris Mosey, Brix & Mortar, Vancouver
1 1⁄2 parts BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro 1 1⁄2 parts Pink Grapefruit Juice
3⁄4 parts Amaro Nonino
1⁄2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 part Mango Juice 5-7 Oregano Leaves
1 Grapefruit Slice
3-4 Pineapple Chunks Top with Ginger Beer
Method: Simply combine all ingredients in a glass over cubed ice, top with ginger beer. No need to garnish, the drink already looks stunning but a mint sprig/oregano sprig wouldn’t be out of place. This recipe can be multiplied indefinitely to make exotic looking pitchers to wow your guests.
MODA NO 8
Created by: Sam Trudeau, Snowbird Tiki Bar, Montreal
2 parts BACARDÍ 8 Años 1⁄2 part Cointreau
4 dashes Angostura Bitters 1⁄4 part Brown Sugar
Method: Fill double rocks glass with ice. In a mixing glass, add the four dashes of Angostura bitters and brown sugar. Add all liquid ingredients, ice and stir. Empty the double rocks glass and add one big ice cube. Strain the mixing glass contents into the double rocks glass. Garnish with lime zest.