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Around here, we love our Rum. White, dark, Malibu (or coconut), and especially Spiced (calling Captain Morgan!). Not surprisingly, all of these work well when making a Rum Tonic.
What is a Rum Tonic?
A Rum Tonic is another entry into the large family of tonic water based cocktail recipes. You’ve no doubt, heard of the Gin and Tonic (and their cousin the Gin and Tonic popsicle). But there are many others, as well. Such as, the Vodka Tonic, Whiskey Tonic, and Tequila and Tonic.
The Rum Tonic perfectly blends the rich flavors of your favorite rum with the bubbly and slightly bitter taste of tonic water. The result is a surprisingly refreshing and tasty cocktail perfect for any occasion.
What type of rum should I use?
First thing to do is decide which rum you want. Rum is made by distilling sugarcane molasses and/or juice. The different types or grades depend on how they are stored after distillation.
- White Rum: This has the most mild flavor of all rums and is used in many cocktails to enhance other flavors while adding some sweetness.
- Gold and Dark Rums: Have a much darker color and richer flavor from having been aged in charred barrels.
- Flavored Rum: Your drink can take on the flavor characteristics of whichever flavor you choose from. Some popular flavored rums are Malibu Rum and Bacardi Limon.
- Spiced Rum: Depending on the distiller you will get a wide variety of different flavor tones. Spiced rum is made similarly to dark or gold rum but with the addition of spices like caramel, cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, and pepper, just to name a few.
How to make this drink:
Now that you’ve picked out your favorite rum, let’s get to the recipe.
Fill up your glass with ice (a highball glass works best)
Pour the rum you picked over the ice. We use about 2 oz.
Pour in 4 oz of tonic water.
Tumble your drink into a mixer or stir gently with a bar spoon.
Garnish with whichever fruit you think will be best for your chosen rum. Lime is a great choice for any of these but some other fruits may work just as well or better.
Rum And Tonic
- highball glass
- bar spoon
- (Optional) Mixing tumbler
- 2 oz rum
- 4 oz Tonic
- 1 wedge lime garnish
- Fill highball glass with ice
- Add in 2 oz of rum
- Top off with tonic (approximately 4 oz)
- Stir gently with bar spoon
- Garnish with lime wedge