A taste of the tropics, rum is ideal for slow summer sipping - here's a masterclass on the different types, plus a few tipples to try...
classic white rum
A versatile, crystal-clear rum, it tastes clean and crisp with hints of sugar, lime and banana. It's perfect in a Mojito, or poured over ice and topped up with Jamaican grapefruit soda for a Rum and Ting.
Put 1 lime, cut into wedges, 10-20 mint leaves and 2tsp white sugar into a sturdy glass. Muddle with the end of a rolling pin. Add a handful of ice then pour over 50ml Captain Morgan White Rum or 50ml Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum. Stir well, top up with Schweppes Soda Water and garnish with more mint leaves.
These rums blend caramel flavours with warming spice - think ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg - and a spark of orange zest. Try in a sweet-yet-tangy Cuba Libre, or keep things spicy but simple with ice and a ginger ale mixer.
Half-fill a highball glass with crushed ice and pour over 50ml Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum or 50ml Dead Man's Fingers Spiced Rum. Cut two slices from a lime and reserve, then squeeze the juice from the rest into the glass. Top up with Coca-Cola. Add paper straws and garnish with the reserved lime slices.
Dark spiced rum
Almost black in colour, these rums have a smooth taste with a touch of treacle, boldly spiced with cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. They work well in a Rum Sour - or just sip one neat or over ice and enjoy the complex flavours.
Pul 30ml The Kraken Black Rum or 30ml Ableforth's Rumbullion! into a cocktail shaker with 30ml lime juice, 1tsp white sugar, 1 egg white* and ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a twist of lime zest.
Golden aged rum
Barrel-ageing gives these golden rums a smooth yet vibrant caramel quality, with notes of vanilla, apricot, oak and honey. The ideal base for a sparkling Rum and Blood Orange, or mix with a good splash of tart cranberry juice over ice.
Rum and Blood Orange
Half-fill a tumbler with crushed ice. Add 50ml Bacardi Añejo Cuatro 4 Years Aged Gold Rum for 50ml Mount Gay Eclipse Barbados Rum and 100ml Schweppes Sparkling Blood Orange. Garnish with slices of lemon, lime and orange.
*Use eggs that have the British Lion quality mark.