Exploring Rum: A Toast to Bully Boy Distillery and Old Fashions

In the realm of spirits, there’s an art to appreciating the intricacies of flavors, and it’s a journey that takes us from the sunny Caribbean islands to the bustling distilleries closer to home. One such destination is Bully Boy Distillery, based in Boston, where craft and tradition alchemy yields 13 remarkable spirits that beckon connoisseurs and newcomers alike.

But here is our take: Rum shouldn’t be confined to sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. The fact is that each island that imports rum imparts a unique signature on the liquor, making it a truly versatile spirit. The diversity in taste and aroma from one island to another is a testament to the richness of nature’s influence on the distillation process.

Think of rum as the canvas for showcasing sophisticated flavors. The subtle sweetness and lighter profile make it the ideal companion for summer sipping, capturing the essence of warm months in each delightful sip.

It’s crucial to address the elephant in the room: the stigma surrounding rum. Often synonymous with sugary frozen concoctions or cola mixers, rum’s true character is frequently underestimated. Yet, the world of rum is far more diverse and intriguing than these stereotypes suggest. It’s a world where its complexity and depth rival any whiskey or gin.

Now picture this… rum that drinks like a fine whiskey. Bully Boy Distillery Cooperative Rums are as bold as they are nuanced. You could even say they are worthy substitutes for whiskey in classic cocktails like the Boulevardier and the Manhattan. The flavor is a testimony to the adaptability and depth of rum. 

To craft our version of a Rum Old Fashioned, we combine:

  • 2.5 ounces Cooperative Rum Number 3
  • .5 ounces Honey Simple 
  • 3 dashes Owl & Whale Lemongrass Bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing tin with ice, stir for 30 seconds, then strain over a large cube – garnish with a lemon twist.

Honey Syrup 

  • Equal parts honey & water 
  • Simmer to allow for controlled sweetness and easier application in the cocktail.

So, whether you’re a whiskey enthusiast or a cocktail aficionado, we invite you to join us on our Cocktails with Friends podcast, where we share insider tips, secret recipes, and engaging conversations with fellow enthusiasts of fine food and drink.