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Rum Exchange

How to Make a
Rum Exchange Cocktail

Which rum is best for a Rum Exchange Cocktail?

The ideal rum for a Rum Exchange is the rum for which it was specifically designed for, the Dos Maderas 5+5.

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About Dos Maderas 5+5

Dos Maderas 5+5 is a triple cask aged blended rum that spends five years in the Carribean followed by 5 years in Jerez. The time in Jerez aging is split 60/40 between Williams & Humbert Palo Cortado botas and PX botas. The result is a rich confectionary scented rum with plenty of natural baking spices, vanilla, maple, fig and chocolate notes.

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About Dos Maderas 5+5

Dos Maderas 5+5 is a triple cask aged blended rum that spends five years in the Carribean followed by 5 years in Jerez. The time in Jerez aging is split 60/40 between Williams & Humbert Palo Cortado botas and PX botas. The result is a rich confectionary scented rum with plenty of natural baking spices, vanilla, maple, fig and chocolate notes.

Ingredients to make a Rum Exchange

2 oz. Dos Maderas 5+5 Rum

4 drops of Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters

1 oz. Chestnut Honey

2 oz. Don Zoilo Oloroso Sherry

Handful of golden raisins

1 tsp. Lemon zest

Rum Exchange Recipe - Step by step how to prepare a Rum Exchange

1.

In a small glass, soak a handful of golden raisins in 2 ounces of Williams & Humbert Don Zoilo Oloroso Sherry. Let soak for a minimum of 30 minutes.

2.

Chill a Rocks glass

3.

Add a tsp. of lemon zest to a ½ cup of boiling water and let simmer for 5 minutes.

4.

Pour equal parts strained hot lemon water into equal parts chestnut honey. Stir until fully integrated and let cool. For example, pour 1 oz. liquid into 1 oz. honey.

5.

To a Mixing Glass, add 2 oz. Dos Maderas 5+5, .25 oz. Citrus Scented Chestnut Honey Syrup (1:1) and 4 drops of Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters.

6.

Fill with cracked ice

7.

Stir with a long bar spoon for 15 seconds

8.

Strain into your chilled glass over 1 large piece of ice

9.

Garnish with a lemon twist, oils expressed over your drink at a 45 degree angle and a few Oloroso soaked raisins

Origins of the Rum Exchange cocktail

The Rum Exchange is a Dos Maderas proprietary cocktail, an aromatically complex riff off of the forever popular Old Fashioned. Essentially, Dos Maderas 5+5 Rum is exchanged for the usual whiskey at the base and the rest is magic. It’s design is deceptively simple, letting the three exquisite elements of citrus, spice and spirit complement each other while the bite of sherry soaked raisins sends you to Andalucían Ambrosia-land. If you’ve accustomed yourself to Rum cocktails, you may have noticed that there are not a whole lot of non-sour recipes in the canon, apart from the dessert-like Milk punches, nogs and flips. The El Presidente stands out because of this dearth although it is by far not a common go-to order. I predict, however, that with the growing popularity of co-baseing spirits in newer combinations, Rum will find more limelight in the aromatic cocktail universe. Also, unique to the bar industry is the wider growing availability of amaros, fortified wines and mixers each carrying with them great storied backgrounds. A great riff on a Rum Exchange in the near future with Amaro perhaps? The possibilities are endless.

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Tips for a Rum Exchange Cocktail

Tip 1: If you have trouble finding chestnut honey, try using Manuka honey or another darker amber variant.

Tip 2: Check out the Bittered Sling website to look into finding ways to source their product for this unique cocktail. Otherwise, the closest substitution would be a different chocolate bitters brand.

Tip 3: A proper Rum Exchange is designed to be simple and elegant. No need to muddle any cherries or oranges into your cocktail. If incorporated, use them as an additional garnish.

Tips for a Classic Rum Exchange Cocktail

Tip 1: If you have trouble finding chestnut honey, try using Manuka honey or another darker amber variant.

Tip 2: Check out the Bittered Sling website to look into finding ways to source their product for this unique cocktail. Otherwise, the closest substitution would be a different chocolate bitters brand.

Tip 3: A proper Rum Exchange is designed to be simple and elegant. No need to muddle any cherries or oranges into your cocktail. If incorporated, use them as an additional garnish.

Rum Exchange Variations and types

New to the canon of our Rum cocktail world, there are not many variations out there. In fact, there are not that many aromatic and stirred styled Rum cocktails in general. One can imagine a few cocktails, however, that the Rum Exchange fits easily into family-wise with the Old Fashioned at its core.

While not as popular as the original whiskey form, this aged rum variation makes the rounds and is enjoyed immensely.

In this version, maple syrup cut with water to about 2:1 is subbed in for the sugar. 

Bartender Natasha Bermudez incorporates a mulit-faceted approach with the combination of Amontillado Sherry, Whisky and Rum as well as adding a tropical edge with banana and pineapple liqueurs.

FAQ

The name is a gentle nod to the exchange of Rum for Whiskey in this Old Fashioned type cocktail.

This cocktail was commissioned by Dos Maderas to highlight the release of their Rums to the market.

The best glassware is a Rocks glass so it can be served over ice.

It is a monofloral honey extracted from bees from chestnut trees. It’s usually a darker amber in color and has a mildly bitter after taste.

The term refers to the description of “cocktails” in 1806. A Sling was a concoction of some kind of sugar, hot or cold water and spirit. The addition of bitters thereby created this early definition of a cocktail to be a mixture with sugar, water, spirit & bitters.

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