Back in the early days of rum, infusing it with spices was the easiest way to make the raw spirit palatable. Pretty much any edible plant could make its way into local mixes back then. Today, things are a little more consistent, and vanilla, cinnamon and clove are usually the main flavor components, along with things like nutmeg, orange peel, allspice and cloves. With all of those rich flavors already present in the rum, it’s easy to find a mixer that works. Here are the seven best things to mix with spiced rum.
A simple Rum and Coke is one of the most recognized bar orders, and it’s been in the drinking lexicon in one way or another since the early 1900s. Spice up the traditional mix by using spiced rum instead of white rum. The vanilla and cinnamon flavors in the rum blend perfectly with familiar Coca-Cola and give the soft drink a boosted flavor profile.
Are you the type of person who puts an extra pump of flavoring into your coffee every morning? Let spiced rum step in instead (when you’re not strolling into work right after, of course). Spiced rum and, if you’re feeling fancy, a touch of cream can make even the most bland coffee interesting.