The rum revolution has changed the type of cocktails we drink. It’s not just mojitos and daiquiris anymore — now mixologists are experimenting with egg white, turmeric, and even kafir lime. And they’ve created delicious concoctions that have everyone looking for the newest and coolest cocktails in town. So if you’re looking to expand your rum repertoire, look no further. We’ve got you covered with our guide to the most delicious rum cocktails in Goa.
8 of the best places in Goa for rum cocktails:
1. Elephant and Co.
With a focus on the local voice, Elephant and Co have strived to elevate Indian rums – while showing how versatile they are. India is an emerging market for the rum industry, with more and more people looking for newer and better quality rums, and Elephant and Co has responded to this demand. Rum Cocktail Must Try – Tiki Puta. Inspired by Maka Zai rum from Goa, Tiki Puta offers a travel experience from India to the Western Isles. A variation of a Tiki drink, Tiki Puta is made with white and golden Maka Zai rum and a homemade syrup with Indian spices. Tiki Puta pairs best with Asian and Indian flavors, but it also pairs well with heavy meats and steaks.
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2. Frida Canteen
A Mexican restaurant offering fine Mexican cuisine, Frida Cantina prides itself on using authentic Mexican flavors. Their cocktails are largely tequila and rum based to match the tasty Mexican cuisine. Rum cocktail to try – Pina Curcuma. Made with Maka Zai white rum, Campari, pineapple and a pinch of turmeric, Pina Curcuma is a refreshing summer cocktail. The best part? You get your daily dose of turmeric with this. Pina Turmeric pairs best with Fish Ceviche or Blackened Snapper with Crabmeat & Shrimp sauce.
3. Ida Ida
This is a community driven community restaurant and bar that celebrates produce and sustainability. Here, the drinks are flowing as diners embark on a dining experience with eclectic dishes and craft cocktails. Ida is inspired by the native Sanskrit heritage of India. Rum cocktail to try – Pineapple Express. This is a tiki cocktail made with fresh pineapple, lime, passion fruit and homemade spiced almond liqueur with golden rum from Maka Zai. This drink is the perfect fusion of all things Goan – from tropical fruits to spices. Pineapple Express’ best friend? Ida’s signature pork chops!
Neighbors is the epitome of bringing together different parts of the world. It is inspired by the modern and elegant loft style of the New York Café and the charming outdoor dining of Paris. The Neighbors menu is complemented by an extensive beverage program featuring different flavors and spirits, accompanied by live entertainment and delicious food. Rum cocktail to try – The Maka Watermelon Zai. Made with white rum from Maka Zai, this drink contains watermelon, mint and basil, as well as hints of Campari and elderflower. The watermelon balls and basil help elevate the drink and bring out the flavor of the rum. The versatility of Maka Watermelon Zai allows it to pair beautifully with any appetizer.
5. Petisco Gourmet Bar
Inspired by travelers’ journeys and local ingredients, Petisco Goa crafts globally inspired small plates and cocktails. Rum cocktail to try – Orange Basil Highball. Made with Maka Zai Golden Rum, Homemade Orange Basil Syrup, Ginger Ale, or Ginger Ale, Orange Basil Highball is both fresh and sweet – with the homemade Orange Basil Syrup helping to temper this perfect balance. The flavors of the drink pair best with seafood, especially prawn al la blancha or pan-fried fish.
An 11th floor restaurant, Raki not only serves mesmerizing views of Miramar Beach, but also delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. They also offer a wide range of cocktails to sip while enjoying the sunset. Rum cocktail to try – Patrao Its Kafir Lime. Maka Zai, infused with kafir lime leaves, lime juice and sugar syrup, composes this refreshing cocktail that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sour. Ideally paired with spicy Lebanese potatoes, Batata Harra, this drink is the perfect coolness on a hot night.
7. The Den Bar & Cigar Lounge
An upscale bar located in the heart of Navelim, The Den pioneered cigar culture in South Goa. As well as a wide range of specially crafted single malts and spirit cocktails, The Den has a good cigar room. Their cocktail menu consists of signature cocktails designed to be accompanied by cigars and a few twists on classic cocktails. Rum cocktail to try – Lilac Mustache. The Lilas Mustache is a beautiful harmony of rum and cherry. Using Maka Zai White Rum provides an excellent canvas to express other flavors while shining like a star. The house cherry liqueur is a rum base that further accentuates the flavor of Maka Zai rum. An Islay malt provides smoky notes, orgeat provides its nutty flavor and lime balances the sweetness. There aren’t too many rum and egg white cocktails that aren’t Whiskey Sours. But the egg white adds great texture to the drink while creating a layer in the mouth that can reduce the harshness of the spirit. Lilac Mustache goes best with Watermelon Feta with Caramelized Almonds.
8. Thyme and Ash
At Thyme and Ash, the philosophy of food transcends the traditional boundaries of renowned global cuisines. Instead, it offers what chefs call “borderless cuisine.” With panoramic views of the scenic hills and spacious white-toned interiors, this glass bar and kitchen is an honest take on global cuisine that accentuates the luxury of simplicity. The cocktails at the bar follow this ethos, with ingredients that blend local and international flavor profiles to create a match like no other. Rum cocktail to try – Mogra. Made with golden rum from Maka Zai, Triphala (Goa’s signature spice), Pineapple Crush, sesame oil and essence of Mogra, this drink is spicy and heady but at the same time light and refreshing. Best described as a tropical treat with nostalgia-inducing scents derived from the essence of mogra. The tangy Triphala almost perfectly balances the sweetness of the pineapple crush. Mogra is best paired with Thyme and Ash’s special wood-fired Quattro Formaggi – with the different types of cheeses and their fruity flavors complementing the drink’s pineapple.
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