Happy National Rum Day
Rum. There’s nothing like sipping on a rum cocktail poolside or at the beach, living your best life. Piña Coladas, Rum Swizzles, Planter’s Punch, Daiquiris, and Cuba Libres are some of my favorite, just to name a few.
While rum can be distilled anywhere in the world, it’s known for being from a tropical environment using the sweet crop, sugar cane. Trinidad, Jamaica, Cuba, Guyana, Barbados, and Mexico are some of the regions most known to produce rum.
The beginning of the rum making process always starts with sugar cane. The water is pressed out of the cane and then it is either fermented to make rhum agricole, or boiled into a molasses byproduct. Then, there is an aging process that takes place. Even the white rum gets aged briefly. The rum is placed in wooden casks to age and develop the spicy, fruity, caramel-vanilla flavors we love so dear. There’s many different types of rum so I included a breakdown for you.
- Dark Rum – Darker, richer, more nodes of caramel and vanilla. Perfect for sipping.
- White Rum – Aged briefly and filtered, light in body and flavor. Perfect for mixed cocktails.
- Gold Rum – Aged in oak barrels and slightly more complex than White Rum
- Demerera Rum – Sugar cane used from Guyana. Long aging process, dark-rum similar to Jamaican Rum.
- Spiced Rum – A distilled rum flavored with spices.
- Naval-Overproof – Any rum with an ABV over 50-60%.
Enjoy some of our recipes above for delicious Piña Coladas and Daiquiris!
Cheers to Rum,