After having introduced some rums in the last weeks (and there are more that will follow), I would like to write about a small, yet flexible rum cocktail today, that is most suitable for experimenting around with your favorite rums a little bit and try a new one every now and then. The cocktail is by no means a representative of complicated or airy-fairy recipes, but a simple and honest drink which is nonetheless simply fantastic. And which can be easily produced by anyone: the Rum Smash.
If you are a cocktail enthusiast, you probably will not find anything new in this article. Who doesn’t know for example the Gin Basil Smash from Hamburg? Today smashes are more than old hat for any person who is more or less familiar with cocktails and of course their simple basic formula will not let anyone drop the jaw. Nevertheless, they form a classic part of the repertoire of any bar and although the Whiskey Smash is certainly the best-known representative, countless varieties have made it to the bar menus throughout the world. However, if you are looking for a nice and aromatic cocktail (also at home) in which rums of all kind will work fine, the Rum Smash will make you happy. In principle, of course, it is possible to make it with all imaginable herbs but the variation with mint is the classic one. And today I will make it very short but classic. (Variations that I have already presented here in the blog are for example the Blueberry Rum Smash or the Grilled Pineapple Rum Smash.)
So whatever rum it may be, just put it in your shaker, add lime, sugar syrup and mint and then smash the hell out of it!
6 cl Rum (any variety you will opt for)
2 cl of sugar syrup
5 twigs of mint
Preparation: First, cut the lime into pieces and press it with your muddler inside the shaker (to not only release the juice but also to extract some oil from the skin). Then add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously on ice. Finally double-strain into a glass filled with ice cubes.
Buying sources: I like to buy my fresh mint in Turkish grocery stores, the other ingredients can be found at specialized retailers, well-stocked supermarkets or online.