Demerara Rum

El Dorado 3-Year Old Rum

Demerara rum is a type of rum made in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America. English-speaking Guyana has been a sugar producing country since the 17th century, and was the original rum supplied to the British Navy. Today, there is only one active distillery left in Guyana, owned by a company called Demerara Distillers.

Demerara rum is most similar in style to Jamaican rum, but has a smoky, almost burnt flavor that can add complexity to cocktails. 

Demerara Distillers makes dozens of different rums, in a range of age statements. The interesting thing is that each individual still has a marque identifying it. For example, El Dorado 12 is a blend of ELCR (Elmore, a wooden Coffey still), SV (Diamond, a metal Coffey still), and AW (Port Mourant, a double wooden pot still). Coffey stills are column stills, which producer a cleaner, lighter style of rum. 

For more information about Demerara still marks, it is best to search online -- the information is out there. 

Some popular cocktails containing Demerara Rum

  • Gold Cup (Clio version) — Demerara Rum, Maraschino Liqueur, Absinthe, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Orgeat
  • Rum Row Old Fashioned — Demerara Rum, Blended rum, Bitters, Sugar, Water, Orange peel
  • Infinity Is A Shark — Demerara Rum, Jamaican rum, Crème de Cacao, Tuaca, Allspice Dram, Soda water, Lime juice
  • Jet Pilot — Jamaican rum, Demerara Rum, Puerto Rican Rum, Falernum, Herbal liqueur, Bitters, Ice, Grapefruit juice, Lime juice, Cinnamon syrup
  • The Warning Label — Demerara Rum, Sweet vermouth, Cynar, Orange bitters, Grapefruit bitters, Campari, Lemon peel