About Don Q Rum
Don Q Rums have a long and rich history as leaders in not only the world of rums, but also in the world of spirits as a whole. Founded in the mid 1800’s, Don Q has remained in the Serralles family for six generations, each improving upon the last.
Don Q began in 1865 when Don Juan Serralles made his first rum from his family’s sugarcane in copper pot stills imported from france. The family had been farming sugarcane in Puerto Rico since 1820 when his father immigrated from Spain to the region, but Don Juan’s contribution of rum to the family name is what made their mark on the map.
Over the following generations, Don Q flourished and became Puerto Rico’s favorite rum, expanding and innovating along the way. But it wasn’t until 1954 when Ramon Merrero created the now world famous Pina Colada using Don Q rum at renown Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan that Don Q’s reach became worldwide.
How Don Q Is Made
Don Q still utilizes a variation of their original copper pot stills from the mid to late 1800’s, and they still use sugarcane produced on their own farms. Their methods have expanded, however, to also incorporate several more sophisticated distillation methods depending on the type of rum being produced. D
uring the fermentation, distillation, and aging process Don Q uses an innovative waste reclamation system implemented by Roberto Serralles in 2004.
Where to Buy Don Q Rums
Don Q is one of the most widely available rum brands in the world, but it isn’t available in every liquor store or market liquor section.
It’s reliably found in larger rum departments, especially in large liquor stores and grocery stores like Walmart and Costco. To ensure selection, look for Don Q on Drizly.com for local delivery or CaskCartel.com.
Don Q Rum Prices
|Don Q Cristal||40% (80 proof)||50ml||$1.10|
|Don Q Gold||40% (80 proof)||375 ml||$7.00|
|Don Q 151||75.5% (151 proof)||750ml||$21.00|
|Don Q Coco||21% (42 proof)||50 ml||$1.30|
|Don Q Limon||21% (42 proof)||50 ml||$1.30|
|Don Q Pina||21% (42 proof)||50 ml||$1.30|
|Don Q Pasion||21% (42 proof)||50 ml||$1.30|
|The Serralles Collection|
|Don Q Gran Reserva||40% (80 proof)||750ml||$55.00|
|Don Q Reserva 7||40% (80 proof)||750ml||$35.00|
|Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced||40% (80 proof)||750ml||$32.00|
|Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finished||40% (80 proof)||750ml||$47.00|
|Don Q Double Aged Sherry Cask FInish||40% (80 proof)||750ml||$60.00|
|Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel 2009||40% (80 proof)||750ml||$45.00|
Captain Morgan Buying Guide
Don Q is a brand of rum that encompasses a wide variety of styles, flavors, and specialty ranges. To make the perfect selection for your purposes read the following descriptions of the Don Q rum varieties.
Don Q’s traditional range consists of Don Q Cristal, a multipally distilled rum with a light body and smooth flavor, Don Q Gold, produced similarly to Don Q Cristal but aged longer in darker barrels for a more complex flavor, and Don Q 151, a high proof rum with oak and vanilla notes.
Don Q’s flavored range, including flavors like Limon, Coconut, Pina Colada, and Passion Fruit, is designed to evoke the sensibility of Puerto Rico in those who drink it. The flavors take consumers to a tropical world. These rums use a similar distillation and aging process to Don Q Cristal but with added natural flavors and sweeteners.
The Serralles Collection is where Don Q’s true quality shines. Don Q uses this collection to showcase their exceptional fermentation, distillation, and aging processes and techniques. These rums are top shelf and contain unique, distinct flavor profiles depending on the type of sugarcane, distillation process, and aging materials used.
The Best Way(s) to Drink Don Q
Don Q Cocktails
The Don Q Traditional range is designed to be enjoyed in a cocktail. Its smooth, subtle, easy flavor is ideal for mixing. Here are some cocktail recipes to get started.
1) Watusi Highball
- 2½oz Don Q Piña rum
- ½oz Blended Scotch
- 4oz Coconut water
Add rum, scotch and coconut water and crushed ice into a highball glass.
*Garnish up to discretion
2) Coco Real
- 1oz Don Q Coco rum
- ½oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 5oz Cava
- 2oz Passion fruit purée
- 1 Edible flower for garnish
Add Don Q Coco rum, liqueur and purée to a mixing glass. Stir until well-mixed and pour into a flute glass. Top with Cava and garnish with edible flowers.
3) Limon Madras
- 1½oz Don Q Limón rum
- 1oz Orange juice
- 1oz Cranberry juice
- 1 Lemon slice for garnish
Mix all ingredients and serve over ice in a rocks or highball glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
4) Q Berry
- 1½oz Don Q Limón rum
- 3oz Cranberry juice
- 1 Lemon slice for garnish
Add ice to a rocks glass, mix well on ice, and garnish with a slice of lemon.
5 Best Things to Mix with Don Q
A Don Q cocktail doesn’t have to be a whole ordeal. Mix with these single mixers for an instant drink.
- Coke: Coke is the most popular rum mixer, and is easy to sip everywhere since the ingredient is widely available.
- Ginger Beer: Ginger beer makes rum into an instant cocktail, and tastes more complex than it is. This is best done with Don Q Gold or Don Q 151.
- Coconut Water: Mix coconut water with any of Don Q’s rums for an immediate boost in electrolytes and nutrients. Mixes well with Cristal, Gold, 151, and all the flavored rums.
- Almond Milk: For a light dessert cocktail, mix Don Q Gold with almond milk.
- Pineapple Juice: Pineapple juice is the ultimate rum mixer because it cuts through the alcohol flavor while complimenting the trademark flavors of the sugarcane liquor.
Alternatives to Don Q Rum
- Bacardi Superior White Rum: $17
- Pyrat XO Reserve Rum: $22
- Ritual Rum Alternative (Non Alcoholic): $25
- Diplomatico Reserva: $35
- Ron Del Barrilito Calidad Extra: $48