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There is nothing better than sweet Bajan rum on ice, with a mixer, as a sour or in a cocktail… Here are a few of our own favourite brands as well as what’s popular amongst the locals, and some recipes for you to try.
Mount Gay, Extra Old
A favourite of the ‘boss lady’ and for good reason; Mount Gay Distilleries has been in operation in Barbados since 1703 and produces one of the finest rums in the Caribbean! Delicious on ice or with a splash of coke and pretty much in any rum based cocktail.
Classic Rum Punch
1 part SOUR: Fresh lime juice
2 parts SWEET: *Simple syrup
3 parts STRONG: Mount Gay Extra Old
4 parts WEAK: Water
Optional: Splash of Angostura bitters
Mix all the ingredients together, pour into glass filled with ice, and top with fresh grated nutmeg.
*To make simple syrup: Add 2 parts sugar to 1 part boiling water. Stir until dissolved then take off the heat.
Drinking it, you feel like when you blink you might find yourself sitting on the porch of a large sugar plantation in the South Caribbean, looking out on a sloop sailing in to the bay. — Matt Robold, Rum Connoisseur
Mount Gay Eclipse Silver (White rum)
3 sprigs of fresh mint
1 tbs of sugar
3/4 oz of fresh lime (not lemon)
1 1/2 oz of Mount Gay Eclipse Silver
Top with soda water
Place mint leaves into a glass, squeeze lime juice over them, add sugar and then crush the mint, lime juice and sugar together. Add crushed ice into glass, stir in the rum and top off with the soda water.
Cockspur Five Star Rum
Cockspur rum has been produced by Hanschell Inniss Ltd since 1884, and has won numerous awards internationally. It is considered Barbados’ flagship brand of rum.
6 oz cockspur Five Star Rum
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp sugar
Either a ripe banana or a ripe mango
2 cups ice
Simply blend all ingredients together until thick and serve with a cherry!
St. Nicholas Abbey 12 year Limited Reserve rum
St. Nicholas Abbey 12 year Limited Reserve rum is produced by the Warren family, and sells only from the Abbey for approximately $90 USD per bottle… if you can get it as it’s so sought after! While this rum is very popular as a “sipper”, it is also quite often used in Caribbean cocktails.
2 ozs of St. Nicholas Abbey LRR
1/4 oz of Falernum
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Stir ingredients with ice, strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, then squeeze and garnish with a quarter of lime.
This is really good stuff. I find it difficult to describe flavors but what I find here is even harder to describe because it’s such an explosion of flavors completely filling your mouth, I find tropical dried fruits, caramel and oak, molasses, and spice. — Helena Olsen, Rum Connoisseur
Old Brigand is a five year old rum aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels, and produced at Foursquare Distillery in Barbados. This one is an ole’ time Barbadian favourite but drank by the seasoned, new comers and spring chickens alike.
2 oz of Old Brigand rum
Pour rum over ice and savour! Simple! 🙂
Try not to get too caught up in all the types of rum that Barbados has to offer, and which one is the best one. Just relax and enjoy… after all the best rum is the one in your glass:)
P. S. Always, drink responsibly!