Whether you consider yourself a cocktail connoisseur or just haven’t been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ll have noticed that gin has been having a moment. And when we say ‘moment’, we actually mean an age, in which mother’s ruin has been reigning supreme on the cocktail menus of all our favourite bars.
But it looks like things are about to change, as the mighty spirit is about to be pushed off its perch in favour of a much more exotic alternative: rum is the delicious new word on everybody’s lips.
A recent survey of over 2,000 people by Panelbase.com (on behalf of Halewood Wines & Spirits) found that 56% of people would name the Mojito their favourite cocktail, pipping classics like The Martini, Tom Collins and French 75 to the post.
What’s more, Marks & Spencer announced last month that their sales of the spirit are up by 40%, proving that we’re keener than ever to jump aboard the rum train.
So whether you’re searching for some summer escapism, or looking forward to warming those cockles with a hot toddy, we’ve rounded up the best places to enjoy a Cuban-inspired cocktail in London and we’ve even asked the skilled bar tenders at our chosen spots for their top tips on how to make a rum concoction yourself at home. You’re welcome!