Big Batch Rum Cocktails

Two blue tiki cups with mint leaves and metal straws, a glass and glass bottle with light orange drink and a lime slice
The Caribbean Carousel cocktail (L) and the Front Porch Daiquiri (R) / Photo by Sara Littlejohn

Caribbean Carousel

Courtesy Westin Galleymore, spirits director, UB Preserv, Houston

UB Preserv has featured tiki bowls since it opened in May 2018, and this punch is perfect for even larger quantities. Galleymore describes the flavor as “funky, friendly and slightly bitter,” the former largely due to the grassy, heady rhum agricole.

Front Porch Daiquiri

Courtesy Naomi Levy, beverage director, Better Sorts Social Club at the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, Boston

This cocktail features the makings of a classic Daiquiri: rum, lime and sugar. However, the addition of iced tea and mint transforms it into a relaxed affair that’s as easy to make as it is to sip. It’s just the ticket for the dog days of summer.

Easy Big Batch Cocktails Perfect for Entertaining
Caribbean Carousel
  • 3 cups Aperol
  • 2½ cups grapefruit juice
  • 2 cups Neisson Rhum Agricole Blanc
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • ½ cup Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • Soda water, to top (optional)
Directions

Up to 2 hours prior, combine all ingredients except soda water. Store in refrigerator.

To serve, pour mixture into large punchbowl with 4 cups ice. Ladle 3 ounces into glass or tiki mug over fresh ice. Top with soda water, if desired. Serves 20.

Front Porch Daiquiri
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened iced tea
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups white rum
  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  • Lime wheels, for garnish
Directions

In small saucepan, combine iced tea with sugar until fully dissolved. Cool, then refrigerate.

Up to 2 hours prior, combine all ingredients except garnish in pitcher with 1¼ cups water. Store in refrigerator.

To serve, add ice to pitcher. Garnish with mint leaves and lime wheels. Serves 6–8.

Published on May 22, 2019
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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