Updated: Oct 15
Summer is here!
Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea! It also means getting creative with your cocktails this season, emphasis on the "S." It may have dawned on you that Caribbean Bars are scarce in DC but it doesn't mean that you should skip on a stiff rum infused cocktail. But what rum drinks do you prefer when the heat is on? If you'd like to try something outside of the classic rum punch, the common piña colada or minty mojito, we've got something for you.
Here's our top 3 go-to summer rum drinks to ring in the warm weather.
The Daiquiri can be sipped as an alcoholic beverage, but is most often served as a
frozen lime-based drink. There are different recipes for a Daiquiri, each using its own proportions of ingredients but it is typically made with rum, sugar and lime juice. If you're in a summer state of mind, I recommend a frozen Mango Daiquiri, but if you're feeling really adventurous make it a Passion Fruit & Mango Daiquiri!
White rum (non-spiced)
1/2 lemon for lime juice
Triple sec or range liqueur (or passionfruit liquor)
Step 1: Blend mango and passion fruit puree, rum, lime juice, agave nectar, triple sec, and ice in a blender and process until smooth.
Step 2: Garnish with edible hibiscus flowers and serve!
Caipirinha is a classic Brazilian cocktail made with (kuh-chaa-kuh). Technically
speaking, cachaça is rum since it is a sugarcane-based spirit but in Brazil it is recognized as a cane brandy (aguardente de cana). This cocktail is the Brazilian version of an old-fashioned: a little sweet, a little sour, and best served in a glass with a lime slice.
1 lime, cut into wedges
2 teaspoons sugar
2 ounces cachaça
Garnish: lime wheel
Step 1. In a double rocks glass, muddle the lime wedges and sugar.
Step 2. Fill the glass with ice, add the cachaça, and stir briefly.
Step 3. Garnish with a lime wheel.
The Mai Tai is the quintessential summer cocktail, and deserves its own section in
any bar guide. The drink takes on many forms and variations, with the classic version typically consisting of white/dark rum, orange liqueur (Curaçao, Cointreau or Grand Marnier) Orgeat (an almond syrup), fresh lime juice, and Angostura bitters. The typically garnished drink is best served in a glass over ice, but you can also add a spritz of soda water to make it more refreshing. One part paradise, all parts delicious, the Mai Tai is a classic cocktail you don’t want to miss out on.
¼ cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons white rum
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
1 tablespoon (½ oz.) dry orange Curaçao
1 tablespoon orgeat syrup or simple syrup
1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
1 tablespoon (½ oz.) dark rum
Mint sprig, maraschino cherry, pineapple slice, for serving
Step 1. Combine pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, Curaçao, orgeat, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker.
Step 2. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
Step 3. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with dark rum, and garnish with mint, cherry, and pineapple.
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