Appetite Asia: 8 Exotic Rum Cocktails

At the mention of rum cocktails, classics like daiquiris, mojitos, and pina coladas come to mind. Pushing traditional boundaries to bring us exciting rum libations are bars that have certainly bagged some pretty exotic concoctions. We go on a blazing trail to score you eight of the most unique rum tipples in town.

28 Days Later ($24)

28 HongKong Street 28 Days Later (credit Mandy Lynn) for Gourmet Adventures

A twist on the classic Zombie cocktail by Donn the Beachcomber, 28 Days Later combines three types of rum—Plantation 3 Star, Plantation Overproof, and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva with Sombra mescal, put to rest in a French oak barrel for 28 days. The extra ageing allows the flavors to fully blossom and meld together while taking the edge off the alcoholic bite, resulting in an earthy, full-bodied base. Fresh tropical fruits, homemade orgeat and Angostura bitters is then added to kick start the cocktail with tart and refreshing notes before opening up layers of earthy goodness. Don’t be fooled by its fruity flavors—there’s a reason it’s called ‘Zombie’ in the first place.

28 HongKong St., 6533-2001. Open Mon-Wed 5:30pm-1am, Thu 5:30pm-2am, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-3am.

Beaded Slippers ($22)

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall Beaded Slippers for Gourmet Adventures

A tribute to the Peranakans who went blind from handcrafting sequined beaded slippers, Beaded Slippers consists of gula melaka (palm sugar) muddled with pandan leaves, shaken with El Ron Prohibido rum and coconut cream. The pandan gives off a subtle fragrance while the rum complements beautifully with aromas of freshly baked bread. We especially enjoyed how the coconut cream and gula melaka provided a rich local flavor that adds character. Served in a coupe glass rimmed with fresh coconut shreds and a side of azuki bean paste, this is one dessert cocktail worth every calorie.

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, 60A Boat Quay, 6535-0838. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am.

Bob’s Mojito ($24)

Bob's Bar Bob’s Mojito for Gourmet Adventures

While a traditional mojito is made up of five ingredients: white rum, sugar cane juice, lime juice, sparkling water and mint, new age mixologists have given our palates more reasons to be thankful for. Signature house cocktail Bob’s Mojito uses coconut water in place of traditional lime juice, resulting in a refreshing and slightly tangy aftertaste without being overbearingly sour. A touch of fresh lime and mint leaves takes the (Havana Club Blanco) rum to a new level of intensity as the cocktail swirls around a fresh young coconut.

Bob’s Bar, Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, 6591-5047. Open daily noon-midnight.

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Cancún Colada ($18)

Lucha Loco Cancun Colada for Gourmet Adventures

Created to give you the feel of a holiday tipple, Cancún Colada uses Plantation Dark rum, agave liqueur, and homemade banana and coconut syrup that adds a topical Caribbean feel to the concoction. Cinnamon powder with salt and banana form a tape down the side of the glass to cut through the richness as you sip. Thick and creamy, the best way to enjoy this drink is to stir it with a smoked cinnamon stick and take in the strong aromas of banana—close your eyes (and imagine a holiday beach resort) for the full effect.

Lucha Loco, 15 Duxton Hill, 6226-3938. Open Tue-Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 6pm-1am.

Corsair ($19)

FDS Corsair for Gourmet Adventures

Named after French corsairs (privateers authorized to conduct raids on shipping of a nation at war, on behalf of the French crown), this rum cocktail is a perfect harmony of rich robust flavors—the velvety smooth rum complementing the sour and bitter aftertaste of pineapple and Angostura bitters. The smokiness from the slightly caramelized grilled Sarawak pineapple and pineapple gum brings out the sweetness of Chartreuse yellow liqueur and Plantation Grenada rum—developing a higher intensity of malt sweetness that lingers with each sip.

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Fleur De Sel, 64 Tras St., #01-01, 6222-6861. Open Mon-Sat noon-2pm; 6:30-10pm.

Dropje Daiquiri ($22)

Tippling Club Dropje Daiquiri for Gourmet Adventures

Recreating a nostalgic memory of his how his grandmother used to reward him with salted licorice drops when he was younger, Diageo Singapore World Class Bartender of the Year 2013, Zachary de Git infuses Plantation Panama rum with Dubbel Zoult Drops via sous vide for 45 minutes; shaken with fresh citrus and dry orange curaçao. The infusion of salted licorice and rum is a perfect pairing that blends well with a touch of bitters and aromas of herbal licorice. The concoction is then served with a licorice compound painted around the rim for an extra kick of flavor.

Tippling Club, 38 Tanjong Pagar Rd., 6475-2217. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight.

Smoke & Chai ($22)

Jigger & Pony Smoke & Chai by Mandy Lynn for Gourmet Adventures

The perfect nightcap sipper, Smoke & Chai is inspired by the traditional festive hot buttered rum. Using Plantation Original Dark rum and a concentrated butterscotch syrup stemmed from butter candy, smoked pure South Ceylon tea lapsang suchong and Chai tea is added to the concoction to give it more dimension. The smoky teas cut through the creaminess of the butterscotch—preventing the rich flavors from overpowering the cocktail, while a torched cinnamon stick sits in the cocktail, allowing its smoky flavor to fully blossom.

Jigger & Pony, 101 Amoy St., 6223-9101. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am.

Teapot Tini ($15)

Tier Bar Teapot Tini for Gourmet Adventures

A fusion of rum and ice minty chamomile tea with red dates and longan (reminiscent of the traditional Chinese tea), this tea cocktail is soothing at first sip—chamomile tea calms the nerves, before the Mount Gay Eclipse Gold rum kicks in with a hit of spice. Its refreshing minty aftertaste juxtaposed with the rum is a unique pairing that actually works. An olden Chinese teapot pitcher conceals the rum concoction—so you won’t be judged for drinking before noon.

Tier Bar, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, 1 Larkhill Rd., Sentosa Island, 6825-3868. Open daily 3pm-midnight.

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