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RUM COCKTAILS, RUM HISTORY & FACTS

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WHAT IS RUM?
Rum is a distilled alcoholic spirit made from the byproducts of the sugarcane. It can be made from the molasses byproduct or the sugarcane juice. The distillate is clear then is usually aged in oak barrels to add flavor and deeper color. Most of the world's rum currently comes from the Caribbean, Puerto Rico in particular, and Cuba, though distilleries in other parts of the world are beginning to produce local varieties thanks to the upsurge of interest in craft cocktails and premium spirits.

WHERE DID RUM COME FROM?
Though some precursors of rum date back to ancient India and China, the invention of modern day rum was a direct result of the waste from producing sugar from sugar cane. Molasses, a liquid that would seep out of the sugar, was actually considered waste and thrown out during the 17th century. Someone, we'll probably never know who, got the brilliant idea of mixing this molasses waste with the cane juice skim off, went and fermented it and rum was born.
  
The word "rum" itself might have stemmed from the Latin word for sugar which is "saccharum" or it might have come from the Romani word "rum" which translates into strong or potent. References in print range back to 1654 when the General Court of Connecticut ordered "whatsoever Barbados liquors, commonly called rum, kill devil and the like" be confiscated. The Royal Navy was drinking rum in Grog and pirates consumed it in Bumbo as far back as the 1600's. In point of fact, the Royal Navy  at one time dolled out a "tot" daily to their sailors called the "rum ration" as part of their pay.

As stated above, rum was a favorite of the Royal Navy, privateers and the Pirates of the Caribbean (sorry, had to say it), but it was also a huge tipple of colonists in early America. It was a cheap and flavorful alternative to the brackish and even dangerous drinking water the colonists had access to, mixed well with the ales and beers of the day and was easily attainable. However, rum really came into it's own in the United States was a direct result of Prohibition and Americans traveling to Cuba for the cocktails, casinos and cigars. It was soon being smuggled into the states and rum-running was born.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RUM?
There are four (4) different types of rums, not including the flavor infused varieties or the overproof rums. Each category of rum has it's own distinct flavor and usages.
WHITE RUM, also known as light or silver rum, is filtered multiple times and as a result has very little color. Most light rums are from Puerto Rico and because they are milder in flavor are favored for use in cocktails like Daiquiris and Mojitos. Light rums are usually the least aged of the rums and are not favored as sipping spirits. Bacardi is the most well know, and the original brand, in this category.

GOLD RUM, also referred to as amber rum, are aged longer than white rums and as a result they have a darker hue from the cask aging. Gold rum is sweeter and deeper in flavor than white rum. Bacardi, again, is the oldest and most well know in this category.
DARK RUM, also called black or red rum, has been aged the longest of the rums and has a dark color and deep, smoky flavor as a result of the time spent in the wooden casks it ages in. Because of the depth of flavor, dark rums are favored in Tiki drinks. Myer's Dark Rum is the most well known of this category.

SPICED RUM, made mostly from the gold or dark rums then infused with spices, sometimes added colors and additional flavorings. The most familiar brand here is Captain Morgan.
As for the flavored rums, those come in just about any flavor and combination you can imagine from a number of distilleries. Overproof rums are higher proof varieties with an alcohol content higher than the normal 40% (80 proof) spirit. The most familiar of these is Bacardi 151. The overproof rums are most often employed as a float and are very popular in flaming Tiki cocktails.

RUM, THE CURE
Rum has been used as a medicinal cure (the above mentioned grog was used as a preventative for scurvy), is highly favored as a cooking ingredient and is often used as the base for culinary flavor extracts. In fact, you can actually use rum in place of vanilla extract!


THE
RUM COCKTAILS:
1492 COCKTAIL
ALIEN INVASION COCKTAIL
AMBROSIA COCKTAIL 
APPLE GO BRAGH SOUR
BANANAS COCONUT CHOCOLATE SHAKE
BANANAS FOSTER BOOZY SHAKE
BLACKBERRY CAIPIRINHA 
BLACK EYED SUSAN COBBLER COCKTAIL
BLUSHING ROSE

BOYSENBERRY RUM FLIP
CARROT CAKE COCKTAIL, Part Deux
CARROT COLADA
CASABRANCA COCKTAIL
CERSEI'S REVENGE
CHERRY RUM BALL FLIP
CHOCOLATE MOJITO 
COCKTAIL OF ICE & FIRE
DRAGON'S  BREATH COCKTAIL
DRUNKEN ASTRONAUT
FRANKENSTEIN OF HORROR CHERRY COLA ALE
GRILLED PEACH RUM MIMOSA
HOT BUTTERED RUM 
HUMBLEBERRY PIE COCKTAIL
KINGSLAYER
KEY LIME PIE MARTINI, Part Deux
KING CAKE FLIP
LA PRESIDENTA
LICUADOS DE MAYO COCKTAIL
Mango Pineapple RUBBER DUCKY SLUSHY
MERINGUE ISLAND PUNCH
MULLED APPLE CIDER PUNCH
NAVY GROG 
NIGHTS WATCH COFFEE TODDY
OLYMPIC TORCH MARTINI
PEANUT BUTTER CUP MARTINI
REALLY DRUNK BROWN COW
RED WEDDING SOUR
ROSY RAMBUTINI
RUBBER DUCKY SLUSHY
SAMOA COOKIE BOOZY SHAKE
SPICED RUM POMEGRANATE FIZZ
STAR SPANGLED COCKTAIL
TIPSY MISS PINEAPPLE RUM COCKTAIL
TIRAMISU MARTINI
TRIPLE RUM PUNCH TIKI COCKTAIL 
TWISTED FAIRYTALE FIZZ
WATERMELON ORANGE COOLER
WISH UPON A STARFRUIT COCKTAIL

ALL MY MOJITOS

ALL MY DAIQUIRI COCKTAILS

ALL MY PINA COLADA & TIKI COCKTAILS

What? Not enough Rum Drinks for you?
OK then ...
EVEN MORE RUM COCKTAILS
FROM MY COCKTAIL ARCHIVES:
Almond Joy (Joy of Almonds) Martini
Apple Sauce Cake Martini
Banana Berry Coconut Martini
Bananas Foster Martini
Banana "FUD-SICKLE" Fudgesicle Martini
Between the Sheets Valentine Martini
Blueberry Smoothie Martini
Caribbean Martini
Cherry Cola Martini
Cherries Jubilee Martini
Chocolate Covered Banana Martini
Diva Boomer Martini
Eggnog Martini
English Toffee Martini
Gumdrop Martini
High Maintenance Diva Martini
Honey Fitz Spritz Martini
Imperial Coffee Martini
Jamaican Martini, an ode to Bob Marley
Jimmy Buffet Tribute Cocktail
Love Potion #9 Valentine Martini
Mardi Gras Martini
Merry Berry Mojito Martini
Nose Picker Halloween Martini
Orange Scorpion Halloween Martini
Peach Martini
Peanut Butter Cup-A-Tini
Penuche Fudge Martini
Pieces Of Eight Martini
Pink Flamingo Martini
Pink Ribbon Martini for Breast Cancer Awareness
Pumpkin Eggnog Martini
Pumpkin Cream Martini
Sassy Strawberry Martini
Slimy Eyeball Halloween Martini
Soul Mate Valentine Martini
Strawberry Watermelon Martini
Sunset in Paradise Martini
Torched Cherry Lime Martini
Tropical Breeze Smoothie Martini
Valentine Day Proposal Martini
White Christmas Martini 

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest.
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.
Drink and the devil had done for the rest.
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

August 16th is National Rum Day.
 
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Updated 2-2017
 

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