Every so often I get some spirits to sample. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva (SRP $40) is a rum from Venezuela. Before crafting cocktails with the spirit I figured it would be best to sip it straight. At first sniff, you detect a sweet punch. Being removed from my prime drinking days, sipping on any liquor straight reminds me I am not as young as I used to be. The Diplomático Rum ends up with a smooth and soft finish.
We had friends come over for siete de Mayo, a belated cinco de mayo fiesta, and started thinking about drinks we could make to show off the rum. We tried a few simple variations on standard drinks using Diplomático rum (thanks, Pinterest).
First up was this shooter. We added a shot of pineapple juice to a shot of the rum and topped with a chunk of pineapple.
Similar to the shooter, we added Sierra Mist, pineapple juice and a splash of lime juice. This was good but we may have put a bit too much lime juice.
Diplomático Rum is a flavorful spirit and after our attempts at mixology, I advise to keep it simple. Adding pop or multiple juices hid the flavor of the Venezuelan rum. Stick with basic pairings to really showcase the subtle flavors.