Ahoy! Rethink Your Understanding of Rum Produced in the U.S. with these Pairings

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Made from sugarcane and its byproducts, like molasses, rum has been making cocktails better, and pirate life worth singing about, well before it’s first historical mention in 1654. Spanning cultures and countries, rum’s versatility and appeal make it the perfect foundation for cocktails, straight up, or chilled with a couple ice cubes. But what do you pair with this island-inspired spirit? Read on to find out.

Below Deck Spiced Rum

This rich amber rum packs a punch of spice that mellows into undertones of Mexican vanilla, citrus and cinnamon; reminiscent of an old-fashioned cola. The specific blend of whole spices is like taking a trip around the world in one sip. This is a true spiced rum, real ingredients infused with premium silver rum and without added sugar.

Pairings

  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Sandwich - with tangy slaw

  • Smoked Gouda - it’s very weird and very satisfying

  • Grilled pineapple rings with vanilla whip. Yep, drool….

  • Ahi Poke Bowl - rice, raw fish, raw veggies, plantains, sesame and seaweed. This is our favorite pairing. All of the Caribbean flavors complement the varying notes of the rum. Even the minuscule sesame seeds enhance otherwise unnoticed nuttiness of the rum. Total umami.

“The rum grabs at your mouth and tongue – a tasty blend of warmth, zest and heat – and the quality of the rum shines through. Aromatic notes of burnt sugar, allspice, toffee, cinnamon, candied ginger, and molasses wash over the palate with a pleasant aftertaste reminiscent of a traditional cola." 

- Mel Heim, Master Distiller

Below Deck Silver Rum

This unique blend of Puerto Rico and Jamaican style rums combine natural sweetness with funky fresh fruit. The result is a not overly busy rum and pleasantly light-bodied. Keeping with tradition there is NO ADDED SUGAR to this spirit post distillation. We love this rum in cocktails for its versatility and bonus ester content.

Pairings

  • Cornmeal okra - a traditional dish in Barbados, the earthy okra is light and mild, perfect for a silver rum

  • Coconut - cake, pie, cookie; all excellent with a light rum accompaniment

  • Seasonal mango and citrus salads - papaya, plantain and lime with a sprinkle of salt is heaven

  • Manchego Cheese - yup, cheese and rum go together like chips and dip.

"Velvety, medium body rum with a sweep of tropical fruit like plantain and candied lime paired with anise, gum tree and octane minerals. Below Deck Silver Rum has a light cane flavor that is not overly sweet and not overly alcoholic with a unique balanced flavor."

- Mel Heim, Master Distiller/Blender

Hue-Hue Coffee Rum

Collaborating with Portland Roasting Company, Hue-Hue Coffee Rum (pronounced way-way) showcases the single-origin, free-trade coffee from Guatemala and our signature silver rum. Smooth, velvety, and slightly sweet, this cold-brew coffee rum bridges the gap between bartenders and baristas. 

Pairings

  • Cinnamon bun - the pungent cinnamon draws out vanilla subtleties

  • Blueberry bran muffin with flaked sea salt - tart berries and bread are great with Central American grown arabica beans. Volcanic soil and earthy grains…mmmm.

  • Grilled chicken with raspberry glaze - savory and sweet are perfectly paired in this dish that make it a hearty pairing. (or smoke the chicken to elevate the roasted notes)

  • Extra aged cheddar - after dinner treat; cream added to coffee introduces fat and cuts through acidity, this is a nice, sharp cheese that rolls well with the light roast.

"Expressive opening notes of low octane alcohol immediately leading to creamy, semi-sweet chocolate and low acidity coffee beans. The rum lingers on the sides of the palate with shy vanilla notes and essences of demerara sugar."

- Mel Heim, Master Distiller