Cocktails & Spirits

Five New Rums to Try From the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

The ninth-annual Rum Renaissance Festival was filled with pirates, tiki mugs, and plenty of rum.

Though the spirit is best identified with the islands of the Caribbean, rum is made throughout the world. Traditionally, the spirit is distilled in places where sugarcane is grown, but craft distillers from Utah to Pittsburgh are making very drinkable expressions.

The yearly festival is a good opportunity to try new and interesting rums and discover which ones are worthy of a place in your home bar. Here are the most interesting rums at the festival.
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1. Black Coral Rum
Distilled in Riviera Beach, this Florida native is available in white and spiced. The spiced has notes of clove, vanilla, and orange. Founder Ben Etheridge uses Florida sugarcane molasses, then ages it in charred white oak barrels. The rum, available throughout Miami, sells for about $22 to $24 a bottle. Best of all? One dollar from each sale benefits a local charity that assists the families of veterans. So far, $23,000 has been raised — a toast to that.
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2. Rum Java
If you've ever had a Jamaican coffee, you know that rum and java work great together. Rum Java gives you that experience in one bottle. The signature is a straightforward rum blended with coffee, while the Mahtimi'Mon has the jolt of espresso. For something a little smoother, try the espresso rum crème as an after dinner treat. Bottles sell for about $30.
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3. Treasure Chest Rum
Chocoholics will want to try Treasure Chest's chocolate cherry rum. This rum, made in Riviera Beach, imparts a sweet, subtle hint of chocolate. A bottle sells for about $17.95.
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4. Antelope Island Rum
You don't normally think of Utah when you think of rum producers, but that's just where Antelope Island is made. Named after the largest of ten islands located within the Great Salt Lake, this white rum is crisp with grassy notes. A great rum as a cocktail base, a bottle sells for about $26.95.
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5. Florida Mermaid Rum
Produced in Weeki Wachee, the mermaid capital of the world, this 100-proof gold rum is made from sugarcane grown from the distiller's own crops. The rum is then aged in the distillery's Wild Buck whiskey barrels for 90 days, imparting sweet and smokey notes. The rum sells for $39.99 a bottle.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss