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So, what exactly is a shrub? It is equal parts vinegar and sugar mixed with fruit and possible flavorings such as ginger or vanilla.


The mixture steeps in a jar, in the refrigerator, for a couple of days until the liquid takes on the fruit flavor. It is then strained and mixed with club soda for a supposedly healthy drink. Or it can be used as a mixer with cocktails which may not be as healthy but is definitely way more fun.

Because shrubs are meant to be consumed with club soda, they make a great base for cocktails that use rum, champagne or sparkling wine. 


This tropical mixer hits you with the heat of the Caribbean. Spices, refreshed by an infusion of bitter chinotto and botanical gentian, come together to create the warm glow of sundown.

Spice — Gentian — Chinotto

To complement the flavour notes of the finest rums add ice cubes into a highball glass and pour your dark spirit of choice. Mix in Long Tail Island Spice, garnish with a twist of lime and for an extra twist, add a dash of Angostura Bitters.



The fresh zest of lime is warmed by soft, Jamaican style gingers in this mixer. Chai spices offer hidden depths to this lighter drink, perfect for your darker (spirit) tastes in a new light.

Lime — Ginger — Chai

To complement the flavour notes of the finest bourbons, rums and whiskies add ice cubes into a highball glass and pour your dark spirit of choice. Mix in Long Tail Ginger Lime and garnish with a lime wedge or sprig of mint.


Invigorating and refreshing, blood orange top notes are balanced with vitalising zest of red grapefruit. The smooth, yet juicy start to this mixer is followed by a tangy kick that will make this a drink to enjoy time after time.

Blood Orange — Grapefruit —

Orange Bitters

To complement the flavours of the finest dark spirits, add ice cubes to a tumbler and pour your preferred dark spirit. Mix Long Tail Blood Orange and garnish with an orange peel twist or a grapefruit

It's Tiki Time: Hurricane 

The Spruce Let's break away from the basic cocktails for a minute, as this favorite has an extensive ingredient list. It is filled with flavor and includes both light and dark rums, passion fruit, orange, and lime juices, simple syrup, and grenadine.

The Hurricane is both refreshing and powerful because of the abundance of rum. It is also a perfect introduction to tiki cocktails, which are known for their complex flavors.

Not only is the Hurricane an iconic rum cocktail, it is a signature drink of New Orleans as well. It was created at the famous Pat O'Brien's bar in the 1940's and it remains the drink to order anytime you visit.

Iconic Rum Punch: Planter's Punch 

The Spruce Rum and punch go hand in hand and we're not so concerned about quantity when we talk about punch here. Instead, in most cases, a rum punch is a tall, refreshing mixed drink that includes a lot of fruit juices.

The classic Planter's Punch is a perfect example and which fruits go into it is really a matter of personal taste. Some punch fans prefer pineapple, others like passion fruit, while others like to pour a medley of fruits.

No matter how you decide to flavor your Planter's Punch, it's a great summertime drink. And, yes, any of these rum punch recipes can easily be converted into a party-sized punch.

Happy Hour Drinks: Dark & Stormy       


Jamie Grill/Getty Images What do you want when you sit down after a long day in the office? A tall, refreshing drink that's super easy to pour. That is why rum drinks like the Dark & Stormy are the perfect candidates for happy hour.

Ginger beer is the star attraction of the Dark & Stormy. The snappy spice plays so well with the sweetness of Gosling's Black Seal Rum that you would swear the two were meant for each other. 

This drink is a must for any rum lover, especially when laziness comes creeping in. It does not get much easier than pouring two ingredients into a glass.