Don't call it a rumback... rum's been here for years. (Gothamist)

Rum may not be most ordered alcohol at the bar, but we're calling for a comeback. Sometime around the criminally under-covered National Rum Day, bartender/mixologist Scott Fitzgerald (real name!) of the Mulberry Project came by Gothamist HQ to show us what he could do with the spirit. Fitzgerald concocted a few drinks, including one he made just for us, called Summer In Gotham. Here's what he used:

  • 2 oz. Brugal Extra Dry Rum
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tangerine
  • 3 Basil Leaves

Scott also mixed the rum with everything from bitters, basil leaves, and grapefruit. We even drank some straight, and it wasn't bad!

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Batidos

Elsewhere, rum has been popping up in all sorts of drinks. The people of Havana Central sent us over this recipe for a Batido De Frutas (a "Batido," by the way, means beaten, whipped or blended), noting the "frozen cocktail will beat what’s left of the summer heat and delightfully surprise imbibers looking for something different."

  • 4 ounces fruit pulp (guava, coconut, mango, passion fruit)
  • 3 ounces water or milk
  • 16 ounces ice
  • 1½ ounces of rum
  • Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth, then pour the mixture into a Poco Grande glass.

The Hurricane Club also loves their rum, and even have a Rum & Shine booth set up downstairs, where you can get a classic shoeshine while enjoying a rum drink poured just for your polish. How decedent!

The only thing we haven't been able to track down is a legit Pat O'Brien's style Hurricane—have you tasted any good knock-offs in New York?