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Diplomatico Planas Rum Review

Diplomatico Planas Rum Review

There’s something about dodging snow drifts for a week straight that puts you in a rum drinking mood. Perhaps it’s the tropical environs evoked by a sip of the distilled molasses beverage: or more likely, it’s just a nice way to take the edge off during the February blues. Last…read more →

Diplomatico Mantuano Rum Review

Diplomatico Mantuano Rum Review

As far as names for new rum expressions go, “A local nobleman” is one to beat. That’s the English translation of “Mantuano,” the title given to one of the two new rums launching this month as part of Diplomático’s new Tradition Range. Mantuano’s bottle bears the snazzy image of Venezuelan…read more →

Flor de Caña Centanario 25 Rum Review

Flor de Caña Centanario 25 Rum Review

Flor de Caña Centanario 25 is the top of the line rum from the Nicaragua-based distillery. They’ve been in the game for more than 125 years, and have learned a thing or two about making rum during that time. Centenario 25 is the culmination of that experience. Like all Flor…read more →

Hot Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter

Hot Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter

In much of the country, temperatures hover around freezing and the ground is blanketed in snow. Elsewhere, it’s T-shirt weather. But regardless of your current location, this is winter dammit, and people need hot cocktails to help them persevere until spring. Classics like the hot toddy and mulled cocktails are…read more →

The Post-Election Cocktail We All Deserve

The Post-Election Cocktail We All Deserve

You look like you could use a drink. Because that’s the best thing to wash you clean of election season and to start moving in a new direction–one where rum is involved. So here’s the very autumnal Star of Autumn, a rich and delicious combination of rum, applejack, maple and…read more →

Havana Club Añejo Clásico Puerto Rican Rum Review

Havana Club Añejo Clásico Puerto Rican Rum Review

Hey, new Havana Club rum… with the word “Puerto Rican” on the bottle. You’re excused for any possible confusion. See, even though most drinkers know Havana Club as a Cuban brand, Puerto Rico-based Bacardi owns the U.S. rights to the brand name. Hence, two different rums sharing the same name.…read more →

National Punch Day Calls for This Endeavor Punch

National Punch Day Calls for This Endeavor Punch

September 20th is National Punch Day. But more importantly, here’s a punch recipe from David Wondrich that can be consumed on National Punch Day or whenever you damn well please. Composed of spirit, citrus, spice and water, it’s very likely that punch was the first cocktail ever created. It took…read more →

Spiced Banshee Cocktail Recipe

Spiced Banshee Cocktail Recipe

The Painkiller is a fine, fine cocktail. Itself a riff on the Piña Colada, the Painkiller is composed of rum, pineapple, orange juice and cream of coconut and gets a dusting of nutmeg on top. Well, here comes a riff on the Painkiller. From Charleston’s Poogan’s Smokehouse and Beverage Director…read more →

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Daiquiris

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Daiquiris

The daiquiri is a simple, three-part classic cocktail that’s one of our favorites. A simple mix of rum, lime and sugar, the daiquiri is an achievement in balance and refreshment that keeps us coming back for more. So if we’re going to celebrate a pseudo-holiday, it’s going to be National…read more →

Good Diplomacy: a Tasting of Six Diplomatico Rums

Good Diplomacy: a Tasting of Six Diplomatico Rums

I may not know much about diplomacy, but I did recently have the chance to learn more about Ron Diplomático during a tasting dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar in Boston’s South End. I’d not previously had the chance to taste the Venezuelan rum, but I’d always admired the portrait of…read more →

Venceremos Cocktail Recipe

Venceremos Cocktail Recipe

The Venceremos cocktail comes from Gn Chan, bartender at Angel’s Share in New York City, and winner of the 2016 Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition. The drink draws inspiration from the Pina Colada and combines rum with classic flavor combinations including coconut, pineapple and lime. From there, it gets a…read more →

Rum Babalu Cocktail from Tommy Bahama

Rum Babalu Cocktail from Tommy Bahama

Here we’ve got a refreshing rum cocktail from Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. They’re merging a 12 year rum with three classic tenants of island drinks–lime, ginger and bitters–plus some maple syrup for a rich sweetener. It looks good, tastes good and goes down easy. Drink one this spring and…read more →

Life on Mars Cocktail

Life on Mars Cocktail

For all your Oscars drinking needs, here’s the Life on Mars. It comes from New York’s Roxy Hotel, and they created it to pay homage to the Martian, the Best Picture contender starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut. It’s got a few tropical ingredients–like rum and pineapple–that you can’t…read more →

Mandalay Special 12 Year Rum Review

Mandalay Special 12 Year Rum Review

When you’ve got a friend who’s working in Myanmar, you tend to ask questions. “What’s Myanmar like?” is a good one. It falls right behind “Can you ship me some local booze?” So that’s how I acquired  bottles of Grand Royal Whisky and Mandalay Special Rum, the latter being a…read more →

Ron Mulata 15 Year Old Rum Review

Ron Mulata 15 Year Old Rum Review

A recent trip to Havana, Cuba led to much rum drinking, as should be expected. And while we indulged in a few familiar brands like Havana Club and Santiago, discovering a couple unknown-to-us rums was a particularly special treat. One such rum was Ron Mulata 15. Ron Mulata makes an…read more →

Planet Hoth Toddy, a Star Wars: Force Awakens Cocktail

Planet Hoth Toddy, a Star Wars: Force Awakens Cocktail

Star Wars Day. It’s here. And whether you’re lining up to see the movie or barring yourself indoors to avoid the swarms of Stormtrooper clad fans, here’s something we can all agree on: a nice cocktail. So below, the Planet Hoth Toddy, an inspired drink to toast Star Wars: The…read more →