Professor Cocktail's Holiday Gift Guide: Rum
Rum doesn't get the respect that whiskey does, but it's just as wonderful a spirit. Although it shines brightest in cocktails, the right rum is also delicious on its own.
The Bacardi Alternative: Cruzan Aged Light Rum ($14)
Both better and cheaper than the ubiquitous Bacardi, this rum is aged for two years and then filtered to remove the color. A very good all-purpose rum.
The Best Jamaican Rum: Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year-Old ($35)
My favorite rum for a whole slew of cocktails, including the Mai Tai, this is also great all by itself. Everyone needs some in the cabinet.
Sip, Sip Away: El Dorado 12 Year-Old ($26)
Rich, balanced and bursting with flavor, this is my favorite sipping rum. One of the best buys in all of spirits. Try finding a 12 year-old Scotch this amazing for under 30 bucks.
The Ultimate White Rum: Banks 5 Island ($26)
A great addition to any cocktail. It will make your Daiquiris, Mojitos and everything else sing.
Rum for Whiskey Fans: Mount Gay Extra Old ($40)
Convert the whiskey lover in your life to rum with this dry, complex spirit. Hailing from Barbados, the birthplace of rum, everything Mount Gay makes is good and this is probably their best.
We've included links for each suggestion to K&L Wines (where available). K&L is a great spirits store, with impeccable service and a sterling reputation. You can order from them with confidence. Send them an email to see if they ship to your state. (Note: We're not being compensated for these links.)