Rum based Cocktails

That's where all the Rum went!

The Mule Family

The concept of a cocktail "family" is pretty arbitrary.  In some cases it represents a clear link between cocktails.  For example, a Watermelon Collins is simply a (Tom) Collins with the addition of watermelon.  In other cases the link is more tenuous.  As you'll...

Dark and Stormy

The Dark and Stormy is a classic rum based cocktail popular across the world.  It is served long yet is still considered to be a serious cocktail.  Unlike some other tall, sweet offerings which are a little harder to take seriously.  Yes, I'm looking at you, Sex on...

Cuba Libre

Ah...the Cuba Libre.  Undoubtedly one of the simplest "cocktails" to be awarded the name.  It's a rum and coke...with lime.  Although some people argue either that the addition of lime is optional, or not authentic but actually a later addition.  Either way, it's a...

Old Fashioned Variants

Now that we've gone over both the classic Old Fashioned and the method we would use to make one, it's time to talk variants.  There are two general groupings of Old Fashioned variants: First are the named, classic variants which typically arise solely from altering...

Old Fashioned Method

This post is part of a multi post treatment of the Old Fashioned - one of the greatest of all classic cocktails.  A previous post looks at the cocktail itself in the traditional way I cover all cocktails.  Another covers the creation of Old Fashioned Variants.  But...

Mai Tai

The Mai Tai is a really awkward and obnoxious cocktail.  Not because it tastes bad or is particularly difficult to make, but because of people's expectations.  As the most bastardized cocktail in the world, there are just too many versions of it around.  Most of them...

Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea is a truly classic cocktail.  It is served long, and should be taken seriously.  Despite the fact that it contains no actual tea.  It is likely one of the top ten cocktails in the world for popularity and sales.  And has been for decades....

Piña Colada

The Piña Colada is an icon.  National drink of Puerto Rico.  A cult classic, venerated in pop culture and worshiped the world over as a symbol of tropical paradise. It is also a very tricky proposition. At first glance this seems strange.  There doesn't appear to be...

Frisky Vixen

The Frisky Vixen is one of my most popular creations.  She is a tall, rum based cocktail combining the tropical flavours of lychee, passion fruit and pineapple. Her name catches readers' eyes.  Her combination of tropical flavours in an approachable, tall and fruity...

Mojito

Mojito It is has often been claimed that the Dry Martini is the world's most popular cocktail.  Perhaps this was true in the past.  I'd even accept that it was the most popular cocktail of the 20th century.  But I believe that now the Mojito holds the crown.  In my...

Couldn’t Give a Fig!

Couldn't Give a Fig! Sometimes we just don't give a fig. Continuing with our exploration of Daiquiri variants, I'm introducing one of my own creations - Couldn't Give a Fig!  It's a good cocktail, though not one of my best or most popular creations.  However, it...

Fruit Daiquiris

Fruit Daiquiris "Fruit Daiquiris" is an umbrella term for a number of Daiquiri variants which enhance the standard rum, lime and sugar of a Natural Daiquiri with various fruit flavours. Undoubtedly the Strawberry Daiquiri is the best known and most popular.  But there...