Barbados Planter’s Punch

April 25, 2011 (Day 28) — Barbados Planter’s Punch

This week’s featured Best Buy Booze is Bacardi’s Gold Rum.

Yes, there are better rums out there. However, we here at Cocktails, 365 have started to believe that Bacardi has started to get a bad rap. Maybe it’s a bit deserved sometimes, with their crappy-ass malt liquor Sorority Girl lubrication devices. It’s easy to forget sometimes that there’s a reason that Bacardi has the house that rum built.

Bacardi white rum is the usual white rum that can be found the Cocktails, 365 bar. It’s affordable, it’s smooth, and it makes a great mixer for white rum cocktails. However, once you get into the darker rums it tends to take a back seat. However, the Bacardi Gold, much like the White, is a solid base spirit for cocktail mixing.

Golden rums are rums that have been aged in wooden barrels, allowing it mellow and bring out the sweet molasses flavors in the rum. It tends to have a more pronounced flavor as opposed to white and silver rums.

Bacardi Golden does have a bit of a bite on it, but it has enough of a strong molasses flavor that it comes through clearly in cocktails. Which is all you can really ask for in a gold rum meant for mixing. And it’s affordable. Really affordable. It’s roughly $10 for a 750 ml bottle.

Barbados Planter’s Punch

  • 3 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp superfine sugar
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Soda water to top

Shake with crushed ice and then strain into Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda.

Exceptionally light and summery. As Jenn said “It doesn’t really taste like anything.”

Not entirely true. You get the distinct flavor of the lime juice and the rum, but it’s really only a hint. Perfect for a blistering hot day out by the pool. Not so great on a dreary day like today. Nice and tasty.


— Mark

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