Yum, Rum! Classic Cocktails You’ll Love

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The heat can really cause you to work up a thirst. Why not quench yours with summer’s favorite spirit? Rum blends fantastically with fruit juices, which makes for some refreshing and tasty recipes. Rum-based tiki bar classics like mojitos, piña coladas, hurricanes, and zombies are some solid go-to options, but we decided to hit the books in search of some lesser known cocktails!

We selected three colorful recipes from a few mid-century must-reads for every vintage cocktail enthusiast, including The Fine Art of Mixing Cocktails (1961) by David A. Embury and Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide (1965). Get out your cocktail shakers and try these oldies but goodies!

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Mary Pickford
Recipe from Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide

Rum (1 ounce)
Pineapple juice (1 ounce)
Grenadine (1/4 teaspoon)
Maraschino (1/4 teaspoon)

Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a three-ounce cocktail glass.

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Recipe from The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks

Creme de Menthe (1 part)
Lemon/Lime juice (2 parts)
Rum (8 parts)

Shake with finely crushed ice. Dip rim in sugar. You could also add one part gin and two parts pineapple juice. And, you could swap the green creme de menthe for white, too. Embury’s got a unique mixology philosophy. He believes all sour-based cocktail recipes should follow the 8:2:1 ratio of eight parts spirit, two parts sour, and one part sugar. Adjust this to the number of drinks you’re making!

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Planters Punch #2
Recipe from Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide

Rum (2 ounces)
Lime Juice (1 lime)
Lemon Juice (1/2 lemon)
Orange Juice (1/2 orange)
Pineapple Juice (1 teaspoon)

Pour into 16-ounce glass, well-filled with ice. Stir until glass is frosted, then add 1 ounce of Jamaica rum and top it off with with 1/4-ounce of curacao. Decorate with a slice of orange, lemon, pineapple, cherry, and sprig of mint. Serve with straws.



About Cindy

Pun intended. Cindy loves dreaming up witty quips and groan-worthy wordplay. In fact, you could say this girl just wants to have puns. As an avid fan of the written word and a librarian at heart, she also loves used bookstores, especially ones that harbor cats. A lover of all things old, she takes every opportunity to nerd out on nostalgia.

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    Mabel 07/26/2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I love to order retro cocktails at bars. I just love to say stuff like, “I’ll have a Manhattan,” or “I’ll have a Tom Collins, please.” But the truth is, they’re gross. These sound like good cocktails 🙂

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    Dorothy 07/29/2013 at 5:43 am #

    “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” by Ted Haigh is also a fantastic recipe book. From that one, I particularly like the Blue Moon: gin, lemon juice, and creme de violette (VIOLET FLAVORED liquer, delicious!). My fiance, meanwhile, is partial to the Communist: gin, orange juice, lemon juice, and cherry brandy.

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