New spiced rums that aren't so bad after all

Flavored rum isn't so bad after all
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Spiced rum is gunning for respectability of late.

Sure, it may never fully escape the cloud of countless bad decisions and rough mornings-after, but those of us in the know can now revel in the upsurge of affordable, ready-to-mix deliciousness.

Drinkers can choose from newcomers, such as the Lash from the Netherlands, which are punched up with potent blends of spices such as clove, allspice, cayenne and ginger.

Or you can get a dose of New Orleans in your glass with a version that takes its cues from chicory, or, for a cold-weather mulled drink, try our favorite pour that drips with cinnamon.

Armed with an easy recipe (click here to see) from Todd Thrasher of PX in Virginia, check out (click here to see the slide show) five standouts that shine as brightly in a shaker as they do on the rocks.

  • Spiced Rum: Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum

    This bracing blend of several three-year-old rums is spiked with cinnamon, chicory, ginger and--crucially--a fiery dash of cayenne pepper ($32 for 750 ml; click here to buy).

  • Spiced Rum: St. Lucia Distillers Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum

    A russet combination of pot-distilled St. Lucian rums that have been aged in old bourbon barrels, this first-rate sipping rum gets its ample character from allspice, coconut, the local bark richeria grandis and a handful of other aromatics ($20 for 750 ml; click here to buy).

  • Spiced Rum: Cruzan 9

    A heady vanilla flavor dominates this smooth and warming spirit laced with hints of butterscotch, nutmeg and roasted marshmallow ($15 for 750 ml; click here to buy).

  • Spiced Rum: Brinley Gold Shipwrecked Spiced Rum

    Spiced with Madagascar vanilla, orange peel, nutmeg and other full-flavored botanicals, this rich blend of four-year-old rums from St. Kitts has a balanced sweetness with traces of caramel ($24 for 750 ml; click here to buy).

  • Spiced Rum: The Lash

    Made in the Netherlands from a blend of four-year-old rums crafted in Trinidad & Tobago, this rich amber rum packs a wallop despite its 70-proof strength. Its cinnamon-driven harmony of wintry spices recalls mulled cider and is best savored on its own ($23 for 750 ml; click here to buy).

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