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World Rum Day 2020: 8 of the best rum you can drink this summer

World Rum Day takes place on Saturday, July 11 to celebrate the spirit and its distilleries around the world.

Ahead, we’ve found a selection of some of the most sought-after bottles to satisfy every rum aficionado’s taste buds, from the best-selling Caribbean spiced rum to bottles of authentic Cuban rum. There is even a delicious Rhum Agricole from Thailand.

You’ll also discover some great cocktail recipes to try, including a classic Rum Punch, Mojito, and Mai Tai, as well as original, great tasting concoctions.

Made in the Rum & Crab Shack in St. Ives, Cornwall, Dead Man’s Fingers Coconut Rum is a spiced rum with a delicious tropical twist.

Blended with high-quality Trinidad and Barbados rum, the spirit has a blend of spices, notes of juicy mango, raisins, caramel, coconut ice cream and a citrusy trace of lime zest. The delicious scent of caramel, vanilla and a hint of cloves gives the rum the perfect balance.

To try the brand’s signature service, Gangreen Fingers, you need:

  • 50 ml Dead Man’s Fingers Coconut Rum
  • 60 ml of chilled green tea
  • 12.5 ml of lime juice
  • 10 ml sugar syrup
  • 12 mint leaves and six cucumber wedges to garnish

Method: Muddle, shake and strain over crushed ice and garnish with cucumber and mint.

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A premium spiced rum made with Caribbean spirit. Infused with Jamaican vanilla, ginger and spices and left to rest in old oak barrels, this smooth-tasting rum is mixed with sweet, warm spices, making it the perfect rum to mix.

For Redleg Rum’s signature cocktail you will need:

  • 50 ml Red Leg Rum
  • 150 ml ginger beer
  • 150 ml cloudy apple juice
  • 25 ml of cinnamon syrup
  • 2 wedges of lime

Method: Fill a jar with ice and add 25 ml of cinnamon syrup. Top up with apple juice and ginger beer. Press and add the two lime wedges. Float 50 ml of RedLeg on top, stir and serve.

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A complex and unique tasting rhum agricole from Issan in the northeastern region of Thailand and produced by a distillery with a great focus on sustainability and community.

The un-aged spirit drink is made with red sugar cane juice, which is distilled in a copper pot. It has flavors of lively fresh sugar cane, fruity floral notes, green apples, honey melon, white grapefruit, white rose, sweet fusel, petrol-y characteristics and a wet cut grass.

Its taste has flavors of sweet dried grass, salty green olive, white pepper and overripe pear, followed by a hint of honey blossom.

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A light and spicy Cuban rum made and aged in Cuba. Havana Club 3 year old rum combines freshness and character to create classic Cuban Mojitos and Daiquiris.

On the nose you experience a full bouquet of soft aromas such as hints of oak, molasses and sugar cane. The sweet, mild and fruity tasting rum has a balanced and complex taste.

Mojito Cocktail Recipe:

  • Two teaspoons of white sugar
  • Squeezed half a lime
  • Two sprigs of mint
  • 45 ml ml Havana Club Añejo 3 Años
  • 90 ml of sparkling water
  • Ice cubes

Method: Mix the sugar and fresh lime juice with a spoon. Mix the sprigs of mint in the lime and sugar mixture. Mix again after adding the Havana Club Añejo 3 Años and ice cubes. Refill with your choice of sparkling water. Garnish with a mint sprig or slice of lime for a classic Cuban mojito.

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Founded in 1703, Mount Gay Rum comes from one of the oldest distilleries in the world. With a warm, medium body and a bright amber finish, Mount Gay Eclipse Barbados Rum is packed with character and aroma.

The spirit has signature floral and fruity notes of apricot and banana with a hint of vanilla. Aged in Kentucky oak barrels, it also has a subtle smokiness.

Original Rum Punch:

  • 45 ml Mount Gay Eclipse Barbados Rum
  • 22.5 ml sugar syrup
  • 15 ml of fresh lime juice
  • 90 ml of water
  • 1 dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Lime or orange wedges
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Method: Put all ingredients in a glass, add crushed ice, stir and add grated nutmeg.

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A beautifully spiced rum suitable for all taste buds. The multi-award winning spirit is created by carefully mixing tinctures of Madagascar vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom into a base of delicious Caribbean rum

Enjoy mixed with cola, pure with a splash of orange or in cocktails like the brand choice of Mai Tai. You need:

  • 40 ml Ableforth’s Rumbillion!
  • 20 ml Triple Sec
  • 25 ml of lime juice
  • 20 ml Orgeat

Method: Shake over ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with squeezed lime wedges for a perfect serving.

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A great tasting spirit drink inspired by the adventures of the captain and his crew through the South Pacific islands and the delicious tropical flavors they discovered. It’s made with tropical tiki flavors like mango and pineapple and blended with Captain Morgan’s signature rum.

The sweet tasting, soft rum is balanced with complex tropical flavors, a clean aftertaste and a fruity aftertaste. For a refreshing summer drink, simply fill a glass with ice, add 25 ml of Captain Morgan Tiki and top with 200 ml of lemonade.

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Woods Old Navy Rum is made from Demerara molasses and three different rums, all distilled in the Diamond Distillery in Guyana, South America, before shipping to the UK. The spirits are then aged in Scotland in American oak barrels for an average of 3 years before being mixed and processed into Wood’s Navy Rum.

Woods Old Navy Rum has flavors of toffee, cinnamon, cloves and pepper spice on the nose, with thick caramel notes. On the palate, the smooth spirit has muscovado sugar, fudge and just a hint of warm spice.

For Wood’s Greenheart Grog cocktail:

  • 50 ml Wood’s Navy Rum
  • 20 ml Ruby grapefruit juice
  • 20 ml of lime juice
  • 20 ml of honey
  • ginger ale

Method: Add all ingredients except ginger beer to a blender with ice and mix. Pour into a glass and cover with ginger beer. Garnish with a mint sprig for a refreshing aftertaste.

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