One of my favorite things about good cocktails is the mood they set. It can be as simple as a happy Mojito, as energizing as an impeccable Gin & Tonic, or as sublime as a perfect Martini. You can shoot angry shots lined up on the bar, or set the stage with something more romantic. Cocktails and fantasies go hand-in-hand. Take this Rum-Muddled Diplomat. It’s a drink I developed for my book Savory Cocktails. It’s a spicy rum concoction that makes me feel like escaping the heat of the summer sun by slipping into a cool, dark corner and letting my imagination run wild.
Which is just how this cocktail got its name.
I love the image of a Rum-Muddled Diplomat. I imagine him an older gentleman, dressed to the hilt in some muggy, tropical locale. Most days he escapes the sun by sitting under the slow hypnotic whirl of a ceiling fan in the far corner of a dark bar. He’s a little daft and a little too self-important. Of course he prefers the local rum, and of course, he’s beloved by everyone. GREG