Carefully customized to your individual preferences, there’s a reason that handmade cocktails haven’t lost their charm. That little extra effort, the layering of ingredients and attention to detail is something that simply can’t be replicated from a ready-to-drink cocktail in a can. That’s a fact that every bartender can attest to, but at-home enthusiasts may benefit from a bit more step-by-step instruction to get inspired!

Assembling any good recipe requires top-quality ingredients. You can’t turn a hotdog into a steak, so of course barrel-wash booze won’t fit the bill when creating that signature cocktail. Refined and regal, Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum has been aged up to 12 years to ensure every nuance and subtlety can truly shine. Balanced enough to serve as an excellent sipping rum, Diplomatico is wonderful served neat or on the rocks with delicate chocolate and orange notes that open to smooth finish. And while it shines all on its own, with summer here and lockdowns finally lifting, drinks with friends and family are finally on the horizon. Welcome back the civility of indoor drinks by priming your bar for beyond just the basics. 

Stocked with premium finds affords you more options, and a dark rum like Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum is an excellent anchor to any classic cocktail. Many quintessential cocktail recipes lend themselves well to a dark full-bodied rum. Explore and replace your usual rye with Diplomático Dark Rum for a new take on an old favourite.

Dark Old Fashioned

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum

1 tsp simple syrup 

Dash of preferred bitters

Dehydrated orange wheel

Maraschino Cherry

Cubed Ice


In a stirring glass, add ice, Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum, bitters and simple syrup. Gently stir to incorporate.

With a premium dark rum like Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum, the world is your oyster when it comes to exploring classic cocktails. Get inspired and get new recipes, follow on Instagram to stay up to date. 

While this post has been sponsored by Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum all opinions are authentic and my own. Images by Libby Roach. Please drink responsibly, and never, ever drink and drive.