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'It's the same with spiced rums: they may use the same ingredients,

but they'll each taste completely di‚ erent as well. It's down to your

personal taste, as the rums will all work di‚ erently in cocktails.'

The origin of the ingredients used in the 'spice' is increasingly

important too. The Pink Pigeon, a vanilla-infused single estate rum

from the Medine distillery on the island of Mauritius, takes its Indian

Ocean pedigree seriously, using Bourbon vanilla, orchid petals and

orange peel from neighbouring Réunion, plus more vanilla from

Madagascar. After six months of infusion, the result is a silky-smooth,

voluptuous drink that's a world away from The Kraken and Lamb's.

Move on to Elements 8 'Barrel Infused' Spiced Rum and we're closer

still to the original Caribbean philosophy of 'spicing' rums by using the

island's natural abundance. Alongside the blend of pot- and columnstill

St Lucia rums that forms its base are 10 locally sourced fruits and

spices which are macerated directly inside the barrels of maturing rum

- including, most noticeably in the  nished product, clove, nutmeg,

star anise, vanilla, orange and honey.

Fresh fl avours

What all these spiced rums share is  avour - and lots of it. With

so many potentially competing nuances drifting around in the

glass, how do bartenders decide which cocktail combinations

will work best for spiced rum?

'It can be interesting, because since you get the spice from the rum

itself, you can focus on mixing in other  avours and/or textures,' says

Mario Sandgren, bar manager at The Rum Kitchen in west London. 'It's

usually a good idea to work with bigger  avours - ginger, pineapple

and mango all work really well. Ginger beer is a classic. But spiced rum

can be very versatile, especially if you want to twist classics.'

Talking of twisted classics, Nino at The Maven Bar uses spiced rum

in a highly unusual take on the Bloody Mary (which also involves

strawberries). Otherwise, he's happy to mirror and complement

the typical spice  avours, bringing in cinnamon, honey, vanilla and,

especially, orange. 'Orange - and orange bitters in particular,' he says.

'But you need to know what you're working with, whether it's a drier

rum such as Foursquare, or Elements 8, which is a bit sweeter, or

Lamb's Spiced, which is probably the sweetest of all.'

He's a fan of reinterpreting the classics, such as in a Spiced Daiquiri

that simply takes the regular recipe and swaps white rum for spiced,

adding a dash of orange bitters and an orange twist to garnish.

It's a cocktail that re ects spiced rum itself - bridging the new and

the old, marrying the innovative spirit of fresh  avour combinations

with the broader, centuries-old tradition of rum-making. And, most

importantly of all, making a great drink in the process.

Mixed spice

Spiced Iced Tea

75ml honey and lemongrass tea

50ml Lamb's Spiced

12.5ml fresh lime or lemon juice

1 tsp sugar (optional)

2 dashes lemon bitters

soda water to top

Glass: Collins

Method: Shake � rst � ve ingredients

vigorously with ice, strain into an ice-� lled

glass, top with soda water and stir.

Spiced Old

Fashioned

60ml Elements 8 Spiced Rum

5-10ml sugar syrup, to taste

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Glass: Large rocks

Method: Place syrup and bitters in glass,

add a few ice cubes and stir. Slowly add rum and

more ice cubes as you stir. Garnish with orange zest.

Pink Punch

200ml The Pink Pigeon

juice of 2 lemons

20ml agave nectar

200ml watermelon juice

ginger beer to top

Glass: Jug and coupes

Method: Add all ingredients except the ginger beer

to a mixing jug � lled with ice and stir thoroughly.

Top up with the ginger beer. Strain into the coupe

and garnish with a piece of watermelon.

The Perfect Storm

50ml The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

25ml fresh lime juice

5ml sugar syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)

ginger beer to top

Glass: Highball

Method: Build � rst four ingredients in an ice-� lled glass

and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Mixed spice

Spiced Iced Tea

75ml honey and lemongrass tea

50ml Lamb's Spiced

12.5ml fresh lime or lemon juice

1 tsp sugar (optional)

2 dashes lemon bitters

Shake � rst � ve ingredients

Shake � rst � ve ingredients

vigorously with ice, strain into an ice-� lled

60ml Elements 8 Spiced Rum

Place syrup and bitters in glass,

12.5ml fresh lime or lemon juice

Shake � rst � ve ingredients

Place syrup and bitters in glass,

add a few ice cubes and stir. Slowly add rum and

more ice cubes as you stir. Garnish with orange zest.

Pink Punch

Place syrup and bitters in glass,

add a few ice cubes and stir. Slowly add rum and

more ice cubes as you stir. Garnish with orange zest.

Add all ingredients except the ginger beer

to a mixing jug � lled with ice and stir thoroughly.

Top up with the ginger beer. Strain into the coupe

and garnish with a piece of watermelon.

The Perfect Storm

50ml The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

2 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)

Build � rst four ingredients in an ice-� lled glass

and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Add all ingredients except the ginger beer

to a mixing jug � lled with ice and stir thoroughly.

Top up with the ginger beer. Strain into the coupe

and garnish with a piece of watermelon.

bars � drink

'SPICED RUMS MAY ALL USE THE SAME

INGREDIENTS, BUT THEY'LL EACH TASTE

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT'

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