This post is also posted on Mixoloseum blog, i cross-posted this time just because its the National Rum Day and as a true rummer i don´t think my blog should not also raise this toast to rum!
I get more and more convinced that i live in the wrong place..not long ago it was national tequila day and now its rum day! there´s nothing like that here…ok its crawfish season but still – i mean i love crawfish and to me thats serious business but i have seen them since i was one year old! I have never celebrated national rum day in my life..so what the Americans do? i guess they drink their favorite rum..so that`s what i`m gonna do now, raise a toast to RUM!
And now comes the problem..which rum to choose? i don´t have one or two rums..and i like them all! i can´t mix a drink with them all though, even if that could be a hell of a tiki drink (or more likely a total confusion;-)
I can´t say either which type of rum i prefer as it depends on my mood for the day or occasion. My favorite rum is El Dorado 15 year, has always been and always will i suppose. Others i count among the best are Silver Seal 15yo demerara and a range of other demeraras including El Dorado`s 3 year old cask aged.
Not to forget Appleton..or JWray, Mount Gay, Zacapa, Zaya, Oronoce etc i could go on for much longer.
Then we have all the agricoles..and i think that`s exactly what i`m gonna use this time, i`m gonna make a Ti Punch, its simple and its tasty and gives me an occasion to try one of the best presents i got with me from New Orleans – my Bois Lélé – the pronged wooden swizzle stick plucked from a tree in Martinique.
2 oz Rhum Agricole
1/2 oz Sugar Cane Syrup
A large lime
In a rocks or old-fashioned glass, squeeze the lime slice and pour the Sugar Syrup over the lime, which has been cut from the side of the lovely aromatic little green fruit so that the aromatic oils from the peel will flavor the drink.
Add the rum and use a swizzle stick or a simple bar spoon to stir the drink until the syrup is dissolved; add a tablespoon of crushed ice or a big cube and brieflly stir again to chill the drink which is to be leisurely sipped.
Enjoy and happy rum day!
And now my question is – who started up a National Rum Day?