Rum Renaissance Kickoff Party

If your only real experience with rum is drinking daiquiris or mojitos, you’ve barely scratched the surface of this spirit.

From light to dark, flavored to spiced, the flavors of rum can vary greatly.  At this weekend’s Rum Renaissance in Miami you’ll have the opportunity to try them all.

Atlantico rum partyLast night the rum celebration kicked off with the Atlantico Rum VIP Party at 8oz Burger Bar.  Atlantico is an aged rum from the Dominican Republic, made by blending small batch aged rums.  The blend is then put through two more aging processes before it is bottled by hand.  Click here for more on Atlantico and my recommendations for aged rums.

8oz’s mouth-watering mini burgers and short rib grilled cheese sandwiches were served with three different rum cocktails.  I usually go for beer when I’m eating burgers, but found the cocktails to be a very tasty alternative.

Atlantico rum partyMy favorite cocktail of the evening had Atlantico Private Cask aged rum with blackberry juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, allspice and a sprig of rosemary.  The bartenders put on a great show, using lighters as they sprinkled the allspice to release more of its flavor.

The rum cocktail was refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness.  It’s what I’d want to drink while sitting by the pool.

The main event of the Rum Renaissance is the Grand Tasting on Saturday at the Shore Club.  You’ll be able to attend seminars and sample rums (as well as Cachaça) from many countries and territories in the Americas and Caribbean.  Tickets are available at the door for $50 (cash only).

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