Some combinations just make sense. Bread and deli meats, for example, or Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Rum and coconut water is another great example, and if you’ve never had these two things together, it’s time you drank a Caribeño. That’s the cocktail Guest Bartender Marc Farrell (co-founder of Ten To One rum) chose for this week, and it’s one of the simplest, most refreshing drinks you’ve probably never heard of. Make one, then try a Rum Punch or a spicy, two-tone Dark & Stormy. Both take roughly 60 seconds to make.
There are a bunch of sugary rum cocktails out there marketed to tourists and students who don’t yet understand the mechanics of a hangover. The Caribeño is not one of them. This drink is just rum, coconut water, and lime juice (with a touch of simple syrup), and it’s one of the cocktails that come to mind when Guest Bartender Marc Farrell thinks about “how somebody drinks rum or experiences rum in the Caribbean.”
You’ve probably seen a Rum Punch on a lot of menus, and maybe you’ve wondered what exactly it was. The answer is: a bunch of different stuff. This drink is pretty much a grab bag of various juices (and rum), and it’s perfect for when you want to quickly pour some stuff in a glass and stretch out like a cat.
Dark & Stormy
A Dark & Stormy sounds dramatic and mysterious, but it’s really just a somewhat fancy highball. It requires exactly three ingredients, you don’t have to shake or stir any of them, and if you have decent hand-eye coordination, you can put this cocktail together in about 30 seconds. The only catch is, it requires a specific kind of dark-brown rum called Goslings. But you can find that at pretty much any liquor store. It’s almost as if the universe wants you to have this drink.