Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry rum
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Jamaican rum often means one thing: funk, and lots of it. While those pungent, banana-esque notes are catnip for connoisseurs, they don’t always lend themselves to mixed drinks. When McGee is looking for a mellow Jamaican spirit with just a little funk, the tiki guru goes for Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry rum, a blend from two island distilleries. It’s ideal for cocktails — both shaken and stirred — especially since a bottle comes in at just under $26 at Binny’s. Try it in the classic Golden Stag (2 oz. Xaymaca rum, ¾ oz. lime juice, ½ oz. simple syrup, and 1 dash Angostura bitters, shaken over ice and strained into a coupe) or a Kingston Negroni (1 ½ oz. Xaymaca rum, ¾ oz. sweet vermouth, and ½ oz. Campari, stirred over ice and strained into a rocks glass with ice). Too much work? “I enjoy Xaymaca neat as well,” McGee says.