Friday, 16 October 2015

Rum Experience Week: Tiki on the Thames

There's been a lot of rum goings on in the capital this week in the lead up to Rum Fest, the world's largest consumer and trade rum show, showcasing over 400 rums from around the world, which takes place on 17 and 18 October 2015.

As a relative newbie to the rum world, I gladly accepted an invitation to Tiki on the Thames this week, where I tried lots of different rum based drinks and tried to put bad memories of warm rum and coke at crap house parties to the back of my mind.

It was a success. I met Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell (who you might recognise from the telly). The man knows his stuff, not least how to make a cracking Mai Tai) and learned all about my new favourite rum; Don Q Gold. This Puerto Rican rum is dry, light, zesty, sharp, with a sweet scent and fruity notes which linger on the tongue. Not only that, but it was the rum used in the first ever Piña Colada (heritage FTW). Despite the brand being 150 years old, it's only just making its way over to the UK - although The Whisky Exchange has a few of their line up.

Photo: Jeremy Noble (CCL)

As a new found rum lover (I won't go so far as to say aficionado, but watch this space), here's a recipe for my favourite rum cocktail:

Ingredients (serves one):
50ml rum (we had this with Appleton Estate)
15ml fresh lime juice
10ml black cherry Re'al purée
Soda water

Mix the rum, lime juice and purée together with ice, strain into a glass and top with soda. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lime.

This nameless cocktail was something whipped up in our kitchen. Got a suggestion of what to call it? Let us know in the comments.

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