Getting the measure of... Cut Rum
On my deathbed, I will ask for my saline drip to be replaced with this rum. Not just the saline, but the whole saline drip, each part to be replaced by this rum, apparatus and all.
There are no worries left in the world - no Brexit, no Trump, no relentless slow-marching towards one's own inevitable demise - because all that exists is this rum. And me. And my drinking of it.
And it's all thanks to Cut Rum, a brand that is almost brazen in sticking it to the market, declaring:
No pirates. No sea monsters. No pin-up girls.
Just the best tasting rum for people who know the difference."
Yikes. Shots fired. And then poured and drunk.
They have a point though. As detailed at the Cut Rum website, there are a lot of brands on the market that are selling rum products that can't even legally be defined as 'rum' due to a low alcohol strength. Meanwhile a lot of spiced rums are cutting corners by not even really including any actual spices, or using artificial flavourings instead.
But Cut Rum doesn't cut corners. Cut Rum is a cut above.
It is this last product that's the real game-changer for me. The one that has inspired me to have a spiritual awakening and give up all my earthly possessions to instead lead a quiet life of servitude at the altar of this bottle.
I'm a fan of smoke anyway, just as I'm a fan of rum, but together, Cut Rum's Cut To The Smoke is a beautifully balanced product that offers strong tobacco and oak alongside a soft and light sweetness. In case I haven't made it clear, it really is quite something.
But then the whole range is cutting edge, with no shortcuts. And it will get you half-cut. Ok, I'll stop. Let's cut to the recipes.
Cut To The Daiquiri
1/2oz Cut To The Smoke Rum
1oz Lime Juice
3/4oz Lemon And Lime Sherbert Syrup
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a fancy lime wheel thing.
The Overproof Rum is amazingly smooth at 151 proof and 75.5% ABV, and has remarkably sweet flavours to go with its natural spices. This is a marvel in itself, before you add the other ingredients for this drink.
Cut To The Tiki
3/4oz Lime Juice
1/2oz King's Ginger Liqueur
1/2oz Pineapple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Method: Add all ingredients to a suitable Tiki-style vessel (or just a highball glass) and fill with crushed ice. Swizzle with a barspoon and then add more crushed ice on top. Garnish with a lime wedge and pineapple fronds.
Cut To The Smoked Old Fashioned
1/2oz Demerara Sugar Syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Method: Build the ingredients in a glass and stir with ice. Garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel.
So I did. And it was glorious.
For more information, better photos and more professional explanations about the processes, you can visit Cut Rum website.