Some rums, such as Captain Morgan Sherry Oak, we like to drink neat or chilled. Appleton is perfect in a frozen strawberry daiquiri. We’ve made Bacardi Gold the staple for our sangria. Myers’s rum has posed a challenge as to how it fits into our spirits repertoire.
Should we drink it neat? The aroma is rich and nutty with notes of caramel, but on the palate it lacks the mellowness of Sherry Oak and has a slightly medicinal finish.
Is it good in a cocktail? We tried replacing Bacardi Gold with Myers’s in our sangria and in a Mai Tai and both were flops. Used in the same proportion as other rums, Myers’s dominated the cocktails and skewed the balance of flavors.
Is rum cake the only thing Myers’s rum is good for? Before giving up, we recall that we’ve seen the Mai Tai made with a floater of dark rum. Have we used too much Myers’s in our trial recipes? We make another Mai Tai with Bacardi Gold, adding just add a splash of Myers’s on top. The transformation is brilliant. Scents of hazelnut mingle with orange and pineapple. The Myers’s toffee flavor adds complexity and dials back the overall fruitiness of the cocktail.
Our Mai Tai recipe for two cocktails:
- 2 oz. orange juice
- 2 oz. pineapple juice
- 2 oz. triple sec
- 2 oz. Bacardi Gold
- Splash of Myers’s rum
Shake all of the ingredients over ice except for the Myers’s. Pour into a glass with ice. Splash a bit of Myers’s over the top and resist the urge to stir before sniffing and sipping.