Spiced Rum Mixers - What to Mix with Spiced Rum
Coming up in this video I’ve got five cracking mixers specifically for rum that I think you're gonna want to try. Well I’ve got a lot more than five, but I'm going to focus on the first five. I'm going to show you a whole load probably ten or twelve, but five I'm going to go through very quickly. Kind of new, some you might not have heard of before, but they are amazing with rum. So, let's crack on.
FENTIMANS TROPICAL SODA
The first one I'm going to showcase, this brand new Fentimans Tropical soda. Filming this in the 1st of October 2019, we tried it way back in July at Imbibe at a big Bar show, but it's only just being released in the big major wholesalers. It’s not available to the general public yet, that I know of, but it’s amazing. I want to read you the ingredients on the back. It's basically Pineapple & Cardamom Tropical Soda, it's not overly sweet. It’s well balanced, goes amazingly with spiced rums and in cocktails, but listen to this so we've got all the random stuff and then we've got Pear Juice Concentrate, Juniper Berry, Kaffir Lime Leaves and Lemongrass. It's amazing, as I say I drink it quite a lot just with spiced rum, crushed ice and a little bit of lime, just to balance it out. It's an amazing compliment to cocktails as well. There is a bar called Laki Kane in London, they've done some amazing things with this, so that's the first one. You can expect to see that come out Waitrose, Ocado and places like that in the very near future. But as of shooting, wholesalers should be able to stock you up with this. So that's the first one I'd urge you to try. Fentimans tropical soda. Absolutely delicious.
SCHWEPPES MUSCOVADO DARK SPIRIT MIXER
The next one I want to showcase; I’ve been banging on about this for the best part of two years now and it's still unheard of. It’s amazing this is Schweppes 1783 Muscovado Dark Spirit Mixer. It does exactly what it says on the Tin. It's meant to go with all kind of dark spirits. I absolutely love it with rum. Most supermarkets will sell the cans, in packs of six. They're on offer now two pounds, but normally two pound fifty for six cans. Absolutely amazing. Clues in the title, it’s got that Muscovado kind of got that Sugary, Dark Brown Sugary taste. I absolutely, my favourite serves with this now, is kind of like a Pineapple Rum the Pineapple and the Muscovado just works exceptionally well. But if you like drinks like Mai Tai’s and things like that, you can kind of lengthen it out with that, but just try it, try it with just rum, Muscovado, maybe a wedge of lime or something like that, absolutely cracking. It's in every supermarket, go and get some now.
FEVER TREE SPICED ORANGE GINGER ALE
The third one I want to show you is a fever trees a Spiced Orange Ginger Ale. It's been out a very long time, but, apparently, I heard the other day they stopped making it for a while. I don't know whether that's true. There is another one in the range as well. It's the Smoky Ginger Ale, but the one I want to focus on, it's the Spiced Orange, because the flavour profile of that goes amazing with a Rum and Spiced Rum. Very delicate. It’s not as fiery in ginger, as Ginger beer or anything like that. Just the subtle twist of orange coming through. I know a few people to drink this with whiskey as well. But for me, it's out and out rum. Again anything, even stuff for your Rums, like your Appleton's, their Signature Blends, your Mount Gays those sort of style of Rums. Plantation right through to some of the Spiced Rums as well. It's just the catch all. Absolutely love it. Morrison's, apparently at the time of filming, Morrison's have now got the 500ml bottles. These bottles, you'll be able to get from most wholesalers. They will all carry them now. So that is a Fever Trees spiced Orange ginger ale.
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SEKFORDE LIGHT & SPICED RUM MIXER
The fourth one I want to show you is this. This is relatively unheard of. This is Sekforde Light and Spiced Rum Mixer. Waitrose are the main ones on your high streets that you can get this from. I think there's three, if not four in the range. There's one for bourbon. One for Tequila. And one for Gin as well. Absolutely amazing. Really love this. The flavour is Lime, Mint Rose and Cacao. I'm just going to read you the back. The tasting notes on the bottle. Lime and green herbs give a sophisticated edge to the rounded sweetness of a good rum. The finish is lengthened with Ecuadorian cacao bitters and lifted with a hint of mint. Now I absolutely love this with a lighter rum. Not necessarily Spiced Rums. I haven't really played too much about with it with Spiced Rum yet. But lighter rums, Plantation Three Stars, Havana Club 3yo, lengthen, instead of Soda in a Mojito. It just lengthens that out to give it a whole new twist. Absolutely cracking £1.50 from Waitrose. Go and try them now. I'm gonna start using this a bit more. I'm gonna get a few more bottles and start using this with the Spiced Rum, because I don't use this in the tasting as I do for the Spiced Drums. But for the lighter rums, I absolutely love it. It's gorgeous. Very kind of different to what you're used to. Is very different to these. But, Sekforde Light and Spiced rum mixer drink.
OLD JAMAICA PINEAPPLE SODA
The fifth one I want to showcase; this again has been out for a very long time. It goes in fits and starts. Tesco, Sainsbury's, in the UK, some of them do carry this. You get this online from Amazon in the case of 24. This is old Jamaica Pineapple Soda. Think Lilt without the Grapefruit. I absolutely love this with any kind of rums. With these golden aged rums, Plantation Barbados 5yo is my absolute favourite with that. Absolutely love it with spiced rums. Just amazing. Kind of big, obviously it's just the sort of a pineapple fizzy, I’ve had an equivalent pineapple Fanta. I don't think you could get it in the UK, but that is lovely. I think, you know if more wholesalers took this on, I think this would be a big deal in just simple serves. Rum and pineapple with a bit of lime maybe, or as a finishing to cocktails. So that is Old Jamaica Pineapple Soda.
Right, now I did mention I had a lot more than the five they are the five that are relatively unheard of and I think they've got a big part to play going forward in 2020, in the whole sort of rum thing. But there's quite a few mixers on the market, again that you may not have heard of, or you may not have thought work well with Rum and Spiced Rum, so I'm just going to quickly whizz through these. Some of them you'll see are behind me there.
LAMB & WATT SPICY COLA
I haven't got the bottles now, but the new signature mixers are cracking with Rum. Some of them anyway. I really like the smoky and the spicy, but there's another Cola on the market that I absolutely love. This has not gone mainstream yet. And I think knock spots off the spicy one. This is Lamb & Watt Spiced Cola and I will drop a link in the show notes where you can specifically get this from. I can't remember the place online and it's basically Halewood’s own kind of online shop.
If you like amazing, real big rich Cola flavours, lovely sort of subtle hint of spice in there as well. So much better than the signature spiced cola, so go and try that and get link in the show notes. So that's kind of the Cola. Obviously rum and cola things going on.
The next one is Ting. It's been rebranded and amazing. If you don't know what Ting is. It's basically completely the opposite to that. So that's a pineapple soda. This is a grapefruit soda and works amazing with Tequila and Palomas and things like that. But just a Light Rum with Ting, just amazing. All sorts, a younger kind of aged golden rum as well, lovely. You probably need a little bit of lime, a wedge of lime just to kind of balance it a little bit, but just amazing. Tesco's are the big one's for this, and I think Sainsbury's. But online, anywhere online as well. But at Tesco’s, I think they're about 40p in the world food aisles. So, go and check that out. That's Ting.
NIX AND KIX
The next one I want to show as well is this. This is Nix and Kix, and this is their Mango, Ginger with a little bit of Cayenne Pepper in there as well. It's more of a soda, so it's not sweet or anything like that. So, if you like your really sort of sweet, sugary drinks, it's not that at all. But the flavours are amazing. I think this one, I think they've got three out, but this one is amazing with rum. Again, most supermarkets carry this. There are three flavours. Spice Rums for me absolutely love that... For some reason Dead Man's Fingers with that, the sweetness of the Dead Man's Fingers and the flavour combos going on. I really like that, and I think the cayenne pepper, there's kind of this spice thing coming now, with the colas, that going on with these drinks, so they just add a new dimension. So, try that and that'll be in the fizzy drinks aisle of most supermarkets. But get hold of a can of that. I think you'll absolutely love it.
The next one, guilty pleasure. I never even contemplated Tango before, but Tango Tropical sugar-free soda is amazing. There are all those tropical tastes. You don't need to do anything with it. It's just Rum and the Tango Tropical. Absolutely amazing. They've got a tango Strawberry & Watermelon as well. For me the Tropical is slightly better with rum, but both of those just work amazingly well. So, if you want something completely and utterly different, I urge you to try and get Tango. It's as cheap as chips.
SAN PELLEGRINO POMPELMO AND LEMON & MINT
Next one is San Pellegrino. They've got a whole heap of soft fruit drink mixes in there. We've got the Limonata, the Aranciata, the orange. We've got Blood Orange they are all amazing. The Prickly Pear one is good as well. But I think these two, the flavour profile of these two specifically kind of really go well with rum. We've got the Pompelmo which is kind of a Ting equivalent... Little secret, I really like that a little bit better than Ting. I'm not a huge grapefruit and Rum fan, hence I don't go overboard on Ting, but for me this has just got that slight little edge of flavour and I really like that cash and carry's, most supermarkets, they'll all have that. That's the Grapefruit one. This one, think Mojito's. This is lemon and mint. You know, we all kind of love mojitos, but it's that whole process, you can't really be arsed to do it at home. That it's just Mojito in a can. Just Rum and your Lemon and Mint soda. Absolutely perfect. So, try those two.
RUBICON PASSION FRUIT & MANGO
So, the last one I want to mention is Rubicon. These are the fizzy carbonated drinks. This is passionfruit this is mango. Tesco, Sainsbury's, most of the bigger supermarkets sell them. They've got the taste and the sweetness of the juice, but in the fizz, but there is slightly less sugar in there and amazing. They work well with; I haven't found rums that they don't work well with. So, we've got Spiced Rums, Light Rums, Gold Rums, Aged Rums they are amazing with rums. Absolutely love them, cheap as chips as well. You can pick up a six pack for a couple of quids in most supermarkets. But for high balls, for long mix drinks, if you can't be bothered to make the whole cocktail thing. I urge you to try them.
So, there we have it. It's 13 there. 13 mixers and I haven't mentioned normal coke once. So, they, I think, are going to be huge for Rum going through the tail end of 2019, 2020, all the way through. Try all these out. But these five are my kind of new have a look at, go and try, play about with cocktails, because I think they're going to be amazing.