Bethanie's Guide to Rum

By Bethanie Badertscher

Cyber Girl of The Year Bethanie Badertscher mixes up her favorite rum drinks..

Aside from being Cyber Girl of the Year in 2011, I’m also a bartender, which means I always have a stocked bar and I’m always trying new recipes.  I’ve noticed in the last few years that rum has taken a backseat to other alcohols; it might not seem as sophisticated as scotch or hip as vodka or even as everyday as wine.  But rum is one of my favorites!

What I love about rum is that you can drink it on the rocks or use it to make the perfect mixed drink. From light-bodied Puerto Rican rums to complex, dark Jamaican rums, there is a taste that everyone will enjoy.

Rum makes me think of beaches, dancing the night away in the tropics, vacations where I’m left carefree, relaxed and happy. If you’re like me, you’re counting down the days until the summer or your next vacation. Until then, try out some of my favorite rum recipes, they’re my go to drinks to make at parties.

Dark ‘n’ Stormy

1 oz. rum

Handful of ice

3 oz. Ginger Beer

This one is pretty self-explanatory which is why it’s the drink of choice in sunny Bermuda! Pour the rum into a glass and stir in some Ginger Beer. If you like the taste of good aged rum like amber Pyrat, use the ginger beer as a chaser.


Half of a squeezed lemon

1 oz. dark rum

¾ oz. orange juice

½ oz. cherry brandy

½ oz. light rum

½ oz. dark rum

2 dashes grenadine

Crushed ice


Measure out all of the liquid ingredients into a shaker and mix. Pour into a glass with crushed ice and garnish with a cherry. Don’t let the sweet taste fool you, this is one strong drink!

Caribbean Breeze

.5 oz of vodka

.5 oz of malibu rum

2 oz. cranberry Juice

2 oz. pineapple

Crushed ice

Sliced oranges

Mix the Malibu rum, cranberry juice and pineapple juice in a shaker. Pour the vodka into a cup over the crushed ice then pour the mix in and stir. Garnish with a slice of orange.


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