Understanding Rum Brands, Styles and Islands for Tiki Drinks

Tiki Month is coming and you’ll want to brush up on what tiki drinks require what specific type and style of rum. This comprehensive video will set you up to succeed with tiki cocktail recipes and give you the knowledge to no longer be intimidated when a tiki drink calls for 2-3 rums.

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Many tiki drinks call for specific island categories and styles when building authentic tiki recipes. You’ll see calls for Jamaican rum, Puerto Rican rum and often even a rum from Martinique. While you’ll rarely see a tiki drink call specifically for a Spanish rum or Cuban Rum (think Havana Club), those Spanish rums inspired tiki.

Don Beach, Trader Vic and all the big names in tiki started with such things as a daiquiri, la floridita and other Cuban/Spanish cocktails when they started to put together their tiki themed inspirations.

You’ll see Puerto Rican combined with Jamaican along side other greatest hits and perhaps even a Barbados rum like Mount Gay. While tiki drinks often call for 2+ rums per drink, you can find good substitutes for many of them. Finding a proper substitution for a demerara rum like Lemon Hart 151 overproof can be difficult. You can try Hamilton if you can find it, but once you crawl outside the demerara rum space, you’re pressed to find something that compares.

Although, when working with the funky funk “hogo rum” category like Jaimaican, you can often find something nearly as funky, such as a rum for Haiti or Dominican. Of course, you can use a St. Croix rum like Cruzan as a last resort, especially if you have to find something in your region of the world. I tend to use Cruzan for both my Jamaican and Puerto Rican substitutes when needed.

Although a blend of islands like Plantation 3 Star or Plantation Dark do help you get away with doing more with less!

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