Pity the guava. No one really understands this tropical staple (go to Hawaii and you’ll be inundated with it), but it’s really quite good. A lot like a passion fruit, really, but with a decidedly unsexy name.
Despite the lack of erotic appeal in the phrase “guava rum,” when you’re on your 12th flavored rum (following banana, black cherry, mango, and even rum cream) you too might find yourself digging deep into the playbook to find something unique to put into your spirit. That’s exactly what Cruzan has done here, offering what seems to be the only guava-flavored rum in the world.
As flavored rums go, this one’s a winner. Start with straight rum on the rocks and it tastes exactly like it should: A light rum spiked with sweet guava juice. I wanted to make some of the cocktails Cruzan recommends but sadly I’m low on mango and apricot juice this week. Ultimately, I found it works great in many drinks you’d normally use standard white rum in: I was a skeptic, but guava rum and Coke was really refreshing and, in my mind, much better than a standard rum and Coke.
Only complaint: At a mere 55 proof, Cruzan Guava Rum is a little on the weak side. That’s of course one reason why it’s so easy to drink, but let’s not forget our rummy heritage, OK?
A- / $15 / cruzanrum.com
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