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5 rums (and 5 cocktails) you need to try this weekend

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With the final bank holiday weekend of the summer, now’s the perfect time to spruce up your home bar with top-notch rums that’ll also be your companions through the cooler autumn months. From Beeble Swarm’s blend of quality Caribbean rum with Wiltshire honey to Belgrove Hazelnut Rum, our handpicked selections will not just be the talk of your weekend bash but also become the star of your home bar.

Shake up your weekend with cocktails that are as unique as the rums they feature. Fancy a Caribbean Rum Punch using Beeble Honey Rum? Or how about an End-of-Summer Splash with the smooth yet robust Retribution White Rum? For those who like a hint of spice, don’t miss out on the Artisan Drinks Rum Serve featuring Mermaid Spiced Rum and Artisan Drinks Fiery Ginger Beer.

Whether you’re toasting to the last rays of summer sun or gearing up for autumn nights, these rum choices are spot-on. Cheers!

5 rums (and 5 cocktails) you need to try

Honey Rum - Beeble Swarm | Pillow Magazine

Honey Rum – Beeble Swarm

Indulge in the delightful blend of Caribbean rum and Wiltshire honey with Beeble Swarm Honey Rum. This award-winning spirit offers floral notes from the honey, beautifully complemented by the golden rum’s earthy sweetness. Made in Wiltshire, it brings a taste of the tropics to the UK, perfect for sipping or mixing.

£32.00, visit Beeble Spirit

Make a Caribbean Rum Punch with Honey Rum – Beeble Swarm
This Caribbean Rum Punch doesn’t just refresh; it transports you straight to a Trinidadian beach. Combining Beeble Honey Rum with an array of exotic juices and a dash of Angostura bitters, it’s a cocktail that captures the full-bodied intricacies of Caribbean mixology. A sip unveils layers of flavour, from the Wiltshire honey’s floral notes to the tropical tang of pineapple and papaya.

– 250ml Beeble Honey Rum
– 125ml Lime Juice
– 125ml Papaya Juice
– 250ml Pineapple Juice
– 250ml Orange Juice
– 250ml Grenadine Syrup
– 1/2 teaspoon Angostura Aromatic Bitters
– Pineapple slices to garnish

– Mix together and allow to sit in the fridge for 30-40 minutes
– Pour into chilled glasses
– Garnish with orange segments, pineapple and/or maraschino cherries
– Serve immediately

Belgrove Hazelnut Rum | Pillow Magazine

Belgrove Hazelnut Rum

Belgrove Rum offers a unique and refined experience with its Hazelnut Rum. This award-winning small-batch spirit from Cumbria’s Cartmel Spirit Company is made with Demerara rum, aged in oak barrels, and infused with rich, toasted hazelnuts, cocoa, and vanilla notes. Winning the Masters Medal at the 2023 Rum & Cachaca Masters, it’s a smooth and well-balanced treat.

£25, visit Waitrose


Make a Piña Colada with Belgrove Hazelnut Rum
This Piña Colada sets itself apart with a key ingredient: Belgrove Hazelnut Rum. The cocktail embodies complexity with every sip, blending the rum’s notes of toasted hazelnut, cocoa, and vanilla into the classic tropical mix of coconut and pineapple. The Coco Lopez cream and a splash of lime elevate the drink’s creaminess and tartness, respectively, making it more than just a beachside beverage — it’s a gustatory experience.

– 40ml Belgrove Hazelnut Rum
– 60ml coconut cream (the brand recommends Coco Lopez)
– 120ml pineapple juice
– 10ml lime juice
– Garnish: wedge of fresh pineapple and pineapple leaves

– Combine the Belgrove Hazelnut Rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice & lime juice in a shaker with ice, and shake for 10 seconds
– Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice
– Garnish with a wedge of fresh pineapple & pineapple leaves

Retribution White Rum

Fermented from pure molasses and double pot distilled in Frome, Somerset, Retribution White Rum offers an exquisite tasting experience with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscotti. Smooth for an unaged rum, it can be sipped neat or become the star of various cocktails. It’s the perfect indulgence for those seeking quality and richness.

£38.00, visit Retribution Distilling Co.

Retribution White Rum | Pillow Magazine

Make an End-of-Summer Splash with Retribution White Rum
This cocktail marries Retribution White Rum’s smooth, caramel undertones with a bouquet of tropical and citrus flavours. Honey syrup adds a touch of sweetness, balancing out the tanginess of lime and pineapple juices. The ginger beer lends an effervescent kick, while the garnish of mint and pineapple gives a nod to the changing seasons. It’s a harmonious blend that commemorates the warm days past while welcoming the autumnal change.

– 50ml Retribution White Rum
– 20ml lime juice
– 10ml honey syrup
– 80ml pineapple juice
– Splash of ginger beer
– Garnish: sprig of mint and a slice of pineapple

– In a shaker, combine the Retribution White Rum, lime juice, honey syrup, and pineapple juice with ice
– Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with ice
– Top with a splash of ginger beer
– Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of pineapple
– Enjoy as a refreshing farewell to summer!

Mermaid Spiced Rum | Pillow Magazine

Mermaid Spiced Rum

A harmonious blend of sugar cane and molasses rum from Trinidad and the Dominican Republic, Mermaid Spiced Rum is a gem from the Isle of Wight. Aged in oak bourbon whiskey barrels for up to five years, it’s infused with local ingredients like rock samphire and holy grass, along with exotic spices. Achieving a perfect balance between smoothness and complexity, the rum has subtle notes of caramel and a rich, fruity spice.

£41.00, visit The Isle of Wight Distillery

Make an Artisan Drinks Rum Serve with Mermaid Spiced Rum
The Artisan Drinks Rum Serve spotlights the natural craftsmanship of both Mermaid Spiced Rum and Artisan Drinks Fiery Ginger Beer. The ginger beer, with its authentic root ginger and cloudy lemon base, provides an immediate burst of refreshment. Its chilli-infused fiery aftertaste elevates Mermaid’s own complex spicing. At 68 kcals per can and 20% less sugar than conventional ginger beers, this cocktail offers an indulgent yet responsible way to savour intertwined flavours.

– 50ml Mermaid Spiced Rum
– 200ml Artisan Drinks Fiery Ginger Beer
– Garnish: 1 wedge of lime

– Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes
– Add Mermaid Spiced Rum and Fiery Ginger Beer
– Stir well to combine the flavours
– Garnish with a fresh wedge of lime
– Serve immediately

Duo Spiced Rum | Pillow Magazine

Duo Spiced Rum

Conjuring the essence of tropical romance, Duo Spiced Rum is a thrilling blend of Caribbean and Scottish rums. Infused with a medley of international spices, including zesty orange, vanilla, and spicy kola, this rum dazzles with its bold flavours. Notably carbon-neutral, this Scottish-made rum captures the authentic taste of the tropics in a single sip.

£25.00, visit BrewDog UK

Make a Tropical Liberty with Duo Spiced Rum
The Tropical Liberty is a reimagination of the classic Cuba Libre, executed here with Duo Spiced Rum. The cocktail’s zesty orange and lime notes are precisely balanced with a dash of Angostura bitters. When combined with cola, the nuanced flavours of the rum – infused with spices from around the globe – are expertly drawn out, presenting a harmonious blend that resonates with both tradition and innovation.

– 50ml Duo Spiced Rum
– 100ml cola
– Juice of half a lime
– A dash of Angostura bitters
– Garnish: a slice of orange and a sprig of mint

– Fill a glass with cubed ice
– Add Duo Spiced Rum and the juice of half a lime
– Add a dash of Angostura bitters for complexity
– Top off with cola and give a gentle stir to mix
– Garnish with a slice of orange and a sprig of mint
– Serve immediately

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