The Daiquiri, invented by an American engineer in Cuba (photo courtesy TemperedSpirits.com).  The Sidecar, made with dark rum (photo courtesy Hyatt Regency| LA).  Our favorite rum cocktail is the Banana Daiquiri. Here’s a recipe from CookingWithCurls.com*.
August 16th is National Rum Day. This year it’s on a Tuesday, but that’s not stopping us.
We’re having a rum cocktail party the weekend before and the weekend after, to try and compare as many rum drinks as we can.
If you like this idea, here are the top rum cocktails (although there are scores and scores of them).
Since rum is distilled from sugar cane (actually, the molasses left over from refining the cane juice into sugar crystals), it’s not surprising that these are sweet drinks.
All have added sugar and many have variations (e.g. Banana Daiquiri, Pomegranate Mojito).
All have their traditional garnishes, from lime wedges and mint sprigs to a pineapple wedge and gardenia†.
For your consideration, here are recipes for the top rum cocktails (don’t get mad if some links make you sign into the website, to verify that you are 21 or older):
Bacardi Cocktail: rum, lime juice, pomegranate grenadine.
Bacardi Rum Punch: two rums, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice.
Blue Hawaii: rum, vodka, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix.
Coquito: super creamy with coconut milk, cream of coconut, condensed and evaporated milks.
Cuba Libre: rum, Coca-Cola, lime (a.k.a. Rum & Coke).
Daiquiri: rum, lime and sugar over ice.
Dark ‘N’ Stormy: dark rum and ginger beer.
Hot Buttered Rum (Rum Toddy): dark rum, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spices, butter.
Hurricane: two rums, orange juice, lime juice, passion fruit syrup, grenadine.
Long Island Iced Tea: rum, gin, tequila, vodka, triple sec, Coca-Cola
Mai Tai: two types of rum, curaçao, lime juice
Mojito: rum, lime, mint, soda water
Pina Colada: rum, coconut cream, heavy cream, pineapple juice
Planter’s Punch: dark rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine
Scorpion: rum, cognac, orange juice, lemon, mint
Sidecar: rum, triple sec, lime juice
Zombie: two rums, triple sec, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine
…not to mention the Bahama Mama, Beach Bum, Brass Monkey, Bushewacker, Flaming Volcano.
We could have a party that just includes rum drinks with evocative names!
FINAL TIP: Drink responsibly, unless you’re hosting a sleepover party.
*Our own recipe per drink: Toss in the blender 1 very ripe banana, 3 tablespoons ounces white rum, 2 tablespoons banana liqueur (it delivers a richer banana flavor), 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice.