To celebrate Lost Years Arribada Rum featuring in our April 2022 discovery box we chatted to Lee, founder at Lost Years about their favourite Aged Rum recipes and what makes a good rum cocktail.
4 Easy Aged Rum Cocktail Recipes
Lost Years Aged Rum Mint Julep
50ml Lost Years Arribada
15ml demerara sugar syrup
3 dash orange bitters
10 fresh mint leaves
First use a muddler to crush the mint leaves, syrup and bitters in a rocks glass.
Add 50ml Arribada rum and then top with crushed ice.
Stir, then crown with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig.
Lost Years Arribada Banana Old Fashioned
60ml Lost Years Arribada
5-10ml Banana & cacao syrup
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
To make the syrup take one banana and slice. Heat 200g granulated sugar, 150ml water, and add in banana slices and a heaped teaspoon of cacao nibs.
Simmer for 10 minutes then cool.
Add your syrup, Arribada rum, and bitters to a mixing glass with ice and stir.
Strain into a rocks glass over a single large ice cube.
Twist an orange peel to release the citrus oils and use as a garnish.
Lost Years Arribada Spiced Orange and Ginger Highball
50ml Lost Years Arribada Cask Aged Rum
125ml Fever-tree Spiced Orange Ginger Ale
15ml Fresh Lime
Add your lime and rum to a highball glass with ice. Top with tonic water and stir.
Add more ice as needed and garnish with a slice of ginger.
Add the lime and rum into a highball glass and fill with ice.
Lost Years Jungle Bird
This is Lost Years’ take on a classic Malaysian cocktail recipe. Bitter Campari and the warmth of a cask aged rum is offset nicely by sweet pineapple flavours.
50ml Arribada Rum
45ml pineapple juice
15ml lime juice
15ml simple syrup
Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake with ice.
Double-strain (also known as fine-straining) over crushed ice in a collins or highball glass.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
Lost Year’s Rum: What Makes A Great Aged Rum Cocktail
British couple Lee and Trudy Smith dreamt up the idea of “great rum doing good” after seeing nesting sea turtles near to a distillery whilst on holiday in Jamaica.
Did you know: all seven species of sea turtle are today either endangered or threatened.
Inspired by their son’s love of sea turtles, they created Lost Years Rum, where profits from each bottle sold go to protecting sea turtles in the Caribbean.
So far they’ve saved over 35,000 turtles, in partnership with charity SEE Turtles.
We chatted to founder Lee about making cocktails with rum.
So Lee, what makes a great rum cocktail?
The answer is simple: great rum!
Seriously, the starting point for any great cocktail is the alcohol at the heart of it.
At Lost Years we’ve sourced amazing rums from some of the most revered rum distilleries in the world and then used them to create some exceptional and unique blends.
Our bottlings are a celebration of authentic rum and so we add no sugar, colours, spices, or flavouring – it’s just beautiful rum and nothing else.
That’s quite unusual today. A lot of brands use additives of various kinds, from sugar to sweeten the drink and enhance ‘mouthfeel’ and caramel to make the spirit look darker, not to mention a whole host of flavours and spices.
Because our rum is unadulterated, we like serves that celebrate that fact – that showcase the rum itself, enhancing it rather than masking it.
Our website has over fifty rum-based serves including more Aged Rum cocktail recipes. The ones that really stand out are often relatively simple ones – a beautiful daiquiri or a stripped-down rum sour.
That said, unadulterated rums like ours provide a great blank canvas for mixologists and so the sky really is the limit in terms of what you can do with them!
What type of Rums do you make?
Each of our rums is designed to showcase a different style or flavour profile.
Our Arribada rum, for instance, is very much a Spanish style rum – column distilled in Latin America, it’s a lighter style of rum – but it’s also been cask aged for up to eight years, which gives it a lovely warm, mellow profile.
With quite an oak-forward flavour, it’s been described as a rum for whisky and bourbon drinkers, and it works incredibly well in cocktails that typically feature these spirits – it makes a killer old fashioned!
Contrast that with our fruity, funky Four Island blend, or our world class unaged overproof rum, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re drinking a different spirit.
That’s what makes rum such an exciting distillate to work with!
When it comes to cocktails, there’s frankly so much you can do with rum – from the rum classics, through to adaptations of drinks which usually feature other spirits.
What rum is best in cocktails?
Rum is the most diverse spirit in the world, so that’s an impossible question to answer!
It really depends on the cocktail you’re making and the rum you have to hand.
For some drinks a relatively neutral rum like Lost Years Silver Moon will provide the perfect base, whereas other serves will require a punchier overproof or a stunning cask aged rum.
Whether you like your cocktails sweet, sour, bitter or salty, you’ll find a rum to suit.
The key, as always, is getting the balance right – and that means choosing the right rum. And that, in turn, means experimenting with lots of different types of rum!
What ingredients work well in Aged Rum Cocktail Recipes?
Again, it all depends on the rum!
Coffee, tea, honey, maple syrup, fruit juices, citrus fruits, chocolate, herbs, spices – there’s are rums that pair well with all of these.
Understand the rum you’re drinking and the flavour profile it delivers and work from there.
The important thing to remember is that there’s much more to rum than cola!
Discover more Aged Rum Cocktail Recipes
Head to our recipes page for tons of unique and delicious aged rum cocktails, and drinks with other rum types.