Nothing says summer like a mixed drink made with rum. Beat the heat with these cocktails that taste like the islands:
Dark ’n’ Stormy
The unofficial drink of Bermuda supposedly got its name from an old sailor who compared the drink’s murky hue to the color of storm clouds.
4 ounces ginger beer
2 ounces dark rum
Fill a Collins glass with ice, then add ginger beer and rum. Stir and garnish with lime wedge.
This quick and easy cocktail hails from Cuba and is traditionally made with curacao, although some bartenders now make it with grenadine for a sweeter flavor.
2 oz. rum
1 oz. dry vermouth
½ tsp. orange curacao
Stir all ingredients well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.
This twist on the class daiquiri recipe (from Justin Olsen of Bearded Lady in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn) uses maple syrup for sweetness and Scotch to give it a savory, smoky flavor.
1 ½ oz. rum
¾ oz. fresh lime juice from 1 or 2 limes
½ oz. maple syrup
½ oz. peaty Islay Scotch
Add rum, lime juice, maple syrup and Scotch to a cocktail shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice. Shake until well-chilled and double-strain into a glass. Garnish with lime wheel.