The Buzz: Cielo's Cory Cuff Toasts National Rum Day With A Brown Butter Hemingway Daiquiri
Today is national rum day! To celebrate the occasion, how about a little Rum 101 to guide you through the options on the shelves?
Rum is made from molasses or sugar cane juice that is fermented and distilled, and then aged in oak barrels. Light rums, also called silver or white rums, receive the least amount of time in the barrel and are sometimes filtered after aging to remove any color. They are also light in flavor, which makes them ideal for mixing. Gold rums are aged longer in oak bourbon barrels and take on more color and flavor during the process.
Dark rums, sometimes called red rums or black rums, are aged the longest in charred barrels that give them darker color and deeper flavors. You can detect spice and caramel notes in dark rums, which make them great for sipping or even cooking. Spiced rums are gold rums that have had spices such as cinnamon, rosemary, aniseed and pepper added during the distillation process. And overproof rums have an ABV higher than the standard 40 percent and are used when making flaming rum drinks, as the high alcohol content makes it flammable.
Today, rum is most commonly associated with daiquiris. While the slushy strawberry version is probably the one you were first introduced to, we prefer the original composition: rum, sugar and lime juice poured over cracked ice. And we asked Cory Cuff, bar manager at Cielo, to share his favorite iteration of the classic cocktail.
“We do a brown butter Hemingway daiquiri at Cielo that is fantastic,” says Cuff. The Hemingway daiquiri—a version that Papa made famous while living in Cuba—omits the sugar and adds grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur. Cuff says his take “is a very nutty and naturally sweeter version of the Hemingway daiquiri. The grapefruit and lime balance the brown butter, and the cherry picks up nicely on the toasted notes.” Celebrate national rum day with your favorite rum drink, or try your hand at Cuff’s Brown Butter Hemingway Daiquiri at home.
Brown Butter Hemingway Daiquiri
2 oz brown butter-infused rum
½ oz grapefruit juice
½ oz lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
½ oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
Directions: Place all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a grapefruit peel.