As we speak we’re placing a brand new floral rum by means of its paces with a drink that’s a bit like a Darkish & Stormy, however lighter. The rum is named Suncamino and the cocktail is named the Gentle & Sunny. See what they did there?
The rum increase is getting boomier. Final month, for the primary time in Britain, rum gross sales outpaced these of whisky. Many of the motion isn’t occurring with uncommon bottlings from Hampden Property or Caroni, it’s occurring within the flavoured class. Spiced rums are huge enterprise and so they’ve been joined by botanical rums to enchantment to gin lovers. And now there’s floral rum.
What’s a floral rum?
Suncamino, the title apparently which means ‘journey to the solar’ in Spanglish, is billing itself because the world’s first floral rum. The flowers in query being hibiscus, honeybush, and orange blossom. It was invented by two younger males from Cape City: Stewy van der Berg and Inus Smuts.
The rum in query, nonetheless, doesn’t come from South Africa. It’s an eight yr previous rum from Barbados that has been aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and French oak casks. The identification of the Caribbean distillery is a thriller although this blogger thought that it’d effectively be our previous pal Alexandre Gabriel on the West Indies Rum Distillery. These French oak casks are a little bit of a giveaway.
Wherever it got here from, the dynamic duo then ship the rum over to Cape City the place they infuse it with all of the botanicals earlier than bottling it at 40% ABV. Importantly, they don’t add any color or sweeteners. The result’s much more refined than most flavoured rums. The floral flavours are light and don’t overpower aged spirit so that you’re getting notes of coconut, custard, and vanilla mingling with honey, orange, and a little bit bitterness from the hibiscus. It’s positively a rum that’s going to enchantment to each rum aficionados and individuals who simply need one thing scrumptious to drink.
The model suggests that it’s going to work fantastically in an Previous Customary. And you recognize what? It does! Particularly once I used a splash of orange bitters which actually introduced out the orange blossom within the rum. It was additionally tasty in a rum and tonic, and made a light-weight refreshing rum bitter. And if all this seems like an excessive amount of like arduous work, it’s nice on the rocks with a squeeze of lime.
The best way to make a Gentle & Sunny
However I discovered Suncamino most profitable in one thing known as a Gentle & Sunny. This isn’t dissimilar to a Darkish & Stormy, which has been trademarked by Gosling’s rum, however you employ half ginger ale and half fizzy water. That is one thing I’ve lengthy been doing when the one ginger beer is the fearsomely candy Previous Jamaica. Mix this light contact of ginger with a light-weight floral rum and you’ve got the right lengthy drink for these balmy late summer time and autumn days.
50ml Suncamino Floral Rum
Squeeze of contemporary lime
Add the Suncamino to a tall glass stuffed with ice, prime up with half ginger ale and half soda water. Squeeze a lime quarter, drop in and stir gently.