9 Funky Spirits

Liven up your cocktails with some bizarre booze

Living in New York City, a thriving and fortunately boozy metropolis, I am very curious about the cocktail and spirit revival that has been taking place over the past couple of years. It’s as if all of a sudden people realized that there is more to drinking than just getting drunk! Not only that, there is also a lot more time and dedication being put into even the most classic of cocktails, which is truly heart-warming. While long overdue, this revelation has been a saving grace for the bar scene not only in this city, but all across the country.

So what kind of twists and turns are cocktails enduring in this renaissance? First, bartenders are taking classic cocktails and riffing on them by using funky and interesting spirits. From there, they are coming up with recipes based on the flavor profiles of these "funky" spirits, making an entirely new collection of cocktails for all kinds of drinkers to enjoy.

Getting your hands on any of these unique spirits will definitely be a step in the right direction if you are trying to amp up your bar at home. From spirits infused with flowers to liquor that tastes like drinking an actual piece of meat, there are a multitude of spirits available on the market today that will seriously liven your cocktail drinking experiences.

Here is my collection of funky spirits that I have come across lately. Some are good, some are great, and some are just plain kooky. Consider this an important lesson in what should be your constant spirit education!

Click here to find the 9 most bizarre spirits.

— Sara Kay, The Spir.it


9 Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make, According to Pros

Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY


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Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY


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Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY


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Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY


9 Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make, According to Pros

Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY


9 Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make, According to Pros

Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY


9 Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make, According to Pros

Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY


9 Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make, According to Pros

Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY


9 Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make, According to Pros

Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY


9 Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make, According to Pros

Bartenders, bar managers, and chefs share the cocktails that drink-lovers should commit to memory.

Perhaps over the past year, when going to an actual bar hasn&apost always been possible, you&aposve filled out your home bar. You may have already mastered a few classic cocktails, but if you&aposre looking to round out your repertoire, try getting some inspiration from the pros. That way you can impress guests when it&aposs safe to have people over again (and you can impress yourself any night of the week).

We spoke with bartenders, bar managers, and chefs about the cocktails they think everyone should have in their repertoire. Here&aposs a great place to start:

Manhattan

"It is such a great classic with three simple ingredients. However, most people just don&apost get it right. Some shake it when it should be stirred and some others can&apost get the specs right. When it comes to making a great cocktail, measuring is very important." — Roberta Scampoli, Bar Manager at Dirty Habit DC

Daiquiri

"I would definitely say you&aposve got to learn how to make a classic daiquiri. I like mine with aged Jamaican rum. It&aposs delicious, easy, refreshing, and still sophisticated. The perfect warm weather drink for any occasion." — Gerald Addison, JBF Semifinalist and Co-Owner/Co-Executive Chef of Bammy&aposs

"For a lot of people, including myself as a kid, a sweet blended daiquiri, usually flavored (virgin strawberry daiquiri was my vacation drink of choice) is what people think of when they hear the name. But a true daiquiri is a balanced and dry cocktail that showcases rum, our favorite spirit at Rolo&aposs. The world of rum is wide and runs the gamut between dry, funky and grassy like the Agricole&aposs of Martinique and the Clairin&aposs of Haiti, all the way to the super-rich aged demerara Rums of Guyana that have brown sugar and molasses flavors. They&aposre also consistently the best value spirits out there. Some of the best Rums cost a fraction of a mid range whiskey. A daiquiri is just three ingredients: rum, fresh lime, and a touch of sugar to balance the citrus. The key is all in the finesse and balance and that&aposs why it&aposs a great one to learn. At Rolo&aposs, we make our daiquiri with a house rum blend that combines a whole range of rums to create a kaleidoscope of flavors, paired with just enough turbinado sugar syrup to balance the lime flavor. You can play with the styles of rum forever. If you&aposre using a richer sweeter rum, cut back on the sugar. If you&aposre using a dry, grassy rum blend, maybe use a touch more sugar to balance." — Ben Howell, beverage director and partner at Rolo&aposs in Queens, NY