From the lightest mixing rums to the most elegant aged sippers, from tiki mugs to snifters, rum is beloved by the most sophisticated bartenders; its best expressions can match the finest single malts and Cognacs in complexity and nuance. But these days, in too many bars rum is relegated to party-drink status, frozen and artificially flavored. And in spirits-centric watering holes, the list of whiskies can run into the hundreds, with only a handful of rums often considered enough.
What’s a rum sophisticate to do? In New York, bars are starting to show a newfound appreciation for rum. These four establishments will delight any aficionado with a predilection for sophisticated rum-based cocktails as well as satisfy spirits fans who prefer their rums unadulterated.