Rum has a reputation for spiking overly sweet drinks that keep you buzzed poolside, and for playing a starring role in the ubiquitous rum and Coke. But in a cocktail city like New York, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the spirit outside of a daiquiri or hurricane. Read on for seven delicious cocktails that complement quality rums with innovative and unexpected ingredients.
This cleverly named cocktail built with Pyrat Rum relies on fig preserves and cinnamon syrup for sweetness, Pimms No. 1 for a hint of fruity, spicy goodness, and lime and rosemary to balance it all out. Have one and you’ll want to reorder it all night. 251 W. 48th St., 212-956-1300
The Lady Delilah might taste like a major indulgence, but that’s because the ingredients work together so well, you’ll feel like you’re drinking dessert. Rhum JM is combined with coconut milk, saffron, lime juice, Bols yogurt liqueur, and cinnamon cloves and topped with a Ramazotti Amaro float for this sweet and savory sipper. 155 Rivington St., 212-777-2520
‘Tis the season for spiked apple cider, but what if we told you there was something even better? Southern-inspired restaurant Root & Bone takes this seasonal favorite up a notch with the Sweater Weather cocktail made with aged rum, apple brandy, Velvet Falernum, apple cider, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters. You’ll never look at apples in drink form the same way again. 200 E. Third St., 646-682-7080
At a Korean restaurant known for its honey buttered chips, there’s no way you can resist ordering its Honey Buttered Rum cocktail. Get tipsy on a warm snifter of rums, Cynar, lemon juice, and Dolin Blanc vermouth topped with an apple sabayon float and cayenne cinnamon powder. 119 First Ave., 646-767-9050
You don’t have to stop drinking eggnog just because the holidays are over—Tavern on the Green keeps the festivities going with its rendition of the creamy drink served all season long. It features house-made eggnog, spiced rum, cinnamon, and fresh whipped cream—even a reluctant eggnogger can’t resist a sip. 67th Street & Central Park W., 212-877-8684
Chelsea Market oyster bar Cull & Pistol has a cocktail that will mentally transport you to warmer places while you get your seafood fix. Featuring El Dorado 12-year-old rum, coconut milk, pineapple, lime, and red chili, Bali for the Holidays will kick your wanderlust into full gear. 75 Ninth Ave., 646-568-1223
If the name doesn’t convince you to order this cocktail during flu season, perhaps the combination of your spirit of choice—we obviously recommend aged rum, but rye and scotch are also fair game—Sarsaparilla, vanilla, wintergreen, and soda will. Now you can aptly cheers to good health. 121 W. 10th St., 212-243-2827