Shop + Learn: Rum
The single thread connecting all rums is the base material: sugarcane. Beyond that, rum production methods are beguilingly broad. That said, much of a rum's personality is determined by the type of still used to make it: a column still (bright and fresh, focused and light) or a pot still (richer and more flavorful, big and funky).
A Pirate Spirit
If ever there was a pirate spirit, it's rum - not because rum is so closely tied to maritime history or because popular culture has aligned it with villainous pirate goons, but because rum, as a category of spirits, is downright resistant to rules. The styles of rum vary depending on where the rum comes from, if and how it's aged, and how it's distilled. The single thread connecting all rums is the base material: sugarcane.
Rum, Rhum, and Ron
The Spanish word for "rum" is ron, which is what it is called in Puerto Rico and other Spanish-speaking islands. In French, it is rhum, and this is the name for rums made from fresh sugarcane distillate in former French colonies in the Caribbean, as well as Guadeloupe and Martinique, which remain French overseas départements. On islands formerly under British rule, where rum is made from molasses, the English word rum is used.
Experimenting with Rum in Cocktails
Rum comes in many styles, and you can smell and taste the differences. But how do those different styles of rum interact with other ingredients in cocktails? The Daiquiri is the perfect starting point for exploring this. Here's an experiment that displays the unique nature of three different rums. Assemble the ingredients and equipment for the Daiquiri recipe below, but make it with three different rums, all else exactly equal. Ideally, you would shake them at the same time; if that isn't possible, make them all in close succession so they'll have a similar temperature and frothy texture when you taste them side by side.
Fellow Classics: The Daiquiri
As Death & Co extensively explained in Cocktail Codex, every recipe is a riff on a classic. Here, we offer guidance on these templates as a great starting point for any original creation.
Fellow tips: A foggy white, frothy tipple served in a dainty stemmed glass. Industry folks know that the Daiquiri is the ultimate handshake, because making a great Daiquiri requires more attention to technique than most cocktails.