New York’s relationship with rum first started in 1664 on Staten Island when it was created using molasses that the Dutch received from the West Indies. The spirit has come a long way since then and today nothing says quintessential New York like a speakeasy-style bar filled with live piano and jazz music and a rum list that stretches from one end of Manhattan to the other. That’s why The Rum House, situated just around the corner from Times Square, is the perfect spot for those seeking a respite from the New York hustle and bustle.
With wood panelled walls, vintage tiled floors and an ambience created by low lighting and the smell of warm popcorn and pretzels mingled with earthy rum, The Rum House offers an authentic touch of old-school New York combined with forward thinking cocktails.
The extensive list of rums served at the bar include the bold and elegant Santa Teresa 1796 which can’t be found in any other bar in the city. Aged using the Solera method ensuring that every bottle produced contains some of the very first 1796 cask, the Santa Teresa 1796 rum is aged for up to 35 years to give it its rich and distinctive flavour, and is certainly a draw for rum connoisseurs across the city. If straight rum mixers aren’t the order of the day, the impressive cocktail list is sure to suit.
For those wanting to experience the classics with a modern twist, The Rum House’s take on a Dark and Stormy, a rum Old Fashioned and a Mojito combines recipes of sweet or dark rums with the classic cocktail flavourings to create unique drinks that have engendered a loyal fan base from the New York crowds.
However, a step away from tradition and a turn of the page lands you on the bar’s signature cocktail list featuring such creations as the ‘Polar Beach Sour’ which marries mezcal and Worthy Park Rum Bar Gold, with the sweetness of honey and the bitterness of grapefruit and lemon to create a refreshing aperitif. For those wanting something stronger, the rich flavours of The Ship Song combines Black Bottle Scotch, Banks 7 Golden Age Rum, Bourbon, sherry, amaro and chartreuse to create a drink that is certainly one for those seeking a bold beverage that is best served with a side of warm salted popcorn.
New York is filled with cocktail bars but true gems such as The Rum House are hard to come by where authentic New York jazz accompanies deliciously creative cocktails. Whether it’s a break from the traditional cocktail menus or seeking a night of live music, arguably there is no better rum bar on the island and The Rum House is certainly the spot for those seeking an education in a spirit steeped in New York history.
To discover more, visit: www.therumhousenyc.com
By Louise Gillespie
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