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Full of flavour and aromas, rums and bourbons are ideal to sip neat or over ice, but they also make fantastic bases for all sorts of cocktails. Here are just three simple yet delicious ones you can try – one using an aged rum and two that make the most of the big, bold flavours of American bourbons.
One of our most popular premium rums, Havana Club 7-year-old is aged in ex-bourbon barrels for at least seven years. Complex and full bodied with toffee, vanilla and cigar box notes and hints of tropical fruits, use it in a classic Old Fashioned for a cocktail with a twist:
The Cocktail: Old Fashioned
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Eagle Rare bourbon is made at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky and offers a great opportunity to taste a long-aged bourbon. It has a black pepper spice note, which complements the vanilla and fudge sweetness from ageing in American oak barrels. Complex and rich, it works wonderfully in a Whiskey Sour cocktail. Here’s how to make it:
The Cocktail: Whiskey Sour
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Made with soft red winter wheat instead of the usual rye, Maker's Mark bourbon has a truly unique flavour profile. There's a characteristic sweetness in there along with notes of caramel, vanilla and fruit. Those bold flavours along with its higher alcohol content (at 46% ABV) make it ideal for cocktails. Try it in a quick and easy summer BLT cocktail – that’s bourbon, lemon and tonic.
The Cocktail: A BLT (Bourbon, Lemon and Tonic)