Maybe it's just that my taste buds take a looong time to get educated. I'm only just this last year or so getting snotty about gin, and everyone's already been a pill about that for quite some time now.
Anyway, I looked at the Times holiday drink article, its tiki-drink-in-bondage (for real) with habenero sauce in it and its gold rum and Benedictine martini-strength concoction and thought ew. There may be a reason that I usually prefer with classic drinks to the nouveau ones--test of time and all that.
But I do agree that rum is a Good Thing. Although it's used in many things we think of as summer drinks, there's something soothing about a rum cocktail that goes down well in December, something oddly appropriate about a Rum Swizzle in December. Let's face it: winter is when you start being able to get decent citrus fruits imported into the Swanky Neighborhood Near You if your non-virtual home is near the Potter Building.
Here's the link to the Wikipedia article on a Rum Swizzle:
We talked Pineapple Swizzles this summer on Cocktails with Chris--but I like this more classic recipe better. And we get to use falernum! More about that and some good tunes on the air at http://www.randoradio.com today at 4 EST. Do join us!