Top Five: Toronto’s best rum cocktails

Top Five: Toronto’s best rum cocktails

Five innovative takes on the classic pirate’s grog

Top Five: Toronto's best rum cocktails

1. Dr. Painkiller (pictured above)

At the County General, bartender Jeff Carroll creates a tart, fruity punch with cucumber-infused white rum, house-made grenadine, cranberry bitters and lime juice. He tops it off with a splash of ginger beer. $12. 936 Queen St. W., 416-531-4447.

2. Fresco

Our favourite cocktail at Rhum Corner, the new Haitian café from Black Hoof owner Jen Agg, is a spicymix of Havana rum, pomegranate syrup and falernum—a traditional Caribbean clove-lime-ginger syrup—poured over crushed ice in a chilled copper mini-mug. $10. 926 Dundas St. W., 647-346-9356.

3. Caribbean Queen

The Emerson’s spin on the dark and stormy combines rum, ginger beer, lime and a house-made rosemary syrup for a superfecta of sweet, sour, spicy and savoury. $10. 1279 Bloor St. W., 416-532-1717.

4. A Man of Interest

Brad Gubbins of SpiritHouse shakes seven year–aged Havana rum, Italian vermouth, Aperitivo and cherry bitters into a concoction that’s bold, bitter and head-wallopingly boozy. $12. 487 Adelaide St. W., 647-277-1187.

5. La Floridita

Weslodge bartender Elan Marks serves a citrus-kicked, bubbly daiquiri made with rum, cava, maraschino, orange-spiced simple syrup, lemon oil and grapefruit juice. $14. 480 King St. W., 416-274-8766.