Angostura Bitters became internationally famous by the late 1800s.
The company got into rum marketing in the early years of the 20th
century, and then opened its own distillery in Trinidad in 1945.
Angostura 1824 is the firm's flagship rum, dark amber in color and
long and complex on the palate. Spice notes, toasty wood, and a
lively, slightly sweet flavor make it perfect in a scorpion. Mix 2
ounces Angostura 1824, 2 tablespoons sugar syrup, juice of half a
lemon, and a dash of Angostura Bitters over ice in a shaker. Shake
and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with a
RON MATUSALEM PLATINO ($17)
In pre-revolutionary Cuba, immortalized by macho novelist and de
facto spirits expert Ernest Hemingway, Matusalem was the island's
bestselling rum. The brand was founded in Cuba in 1872 by Spanish
brothers Eduardo and Benjamin Camp. The name, taken from the
biblical Methuselah who lived 969 years, symbolized the time
involved in crafting their rum. After the revolution, the Camps
left Cuba and settled in the Dominican Republic, where they still
produce Matusalem to the original recipe.
The Matusalem Platino is a smooth, lush, silver rum with creamy
vanilla and spice tones and a rich, dense finish. It's perfect for
one of today's hottest cocktails, the mojito, the unofficial
national drink of Cuba. In a collins glass, dissolve 1 teaspoon
superfine sugar in the juice of one lime. Add 3-4 mint leaves and
muddle. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add 2 ounces silver rum,
and top with club soda.
MYERS'S LEGEND ($40)
Myers's was founded in Jamaica in 1879. Myers's Legend, distilled
in traditional pot stills and aged 10 years, is made very much in
the style of the naval rums that limeys used to drink onboard
British ships in the days when Britannia ruled the waves. It has a
rich amber color. Clove, chocolate, and allspice abound in the
nose, with hints of molasses, spice, prune, and toasty oak. The
rope-wound bottle is a replica of the squat, tip-proof decanters
used by naval officers.