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Friday August 16, 2013

Why is the Rum Gone? Because August 16 is National Rum Day!

Why is the Rum Gone? Because August 16 is National Rum Day!

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August 16th is National Rum Day!


Though rum is used in a variety of drinks, how much do you actually know about the intoxicating drink?

- Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts like molasses or directly from sugarcane juice itself
- The majority of the world’s rum production occurs in the Caribbean and Latin America
- Light rum is often used in cocktails, while gold and darker rums are generally consumed alone or with ice
- It is believed Marco Polo was given early rum when, in the 14th century, he wrote of “very good wine of sugar”

Though many in the U.S. think of the Caribbean and Latin Amerca when they think of rum, the alcoholic drink is actually produced in non-Spanish speaking countries. (list of rum producers.)

Now let’s celebrate! Try one of these recipes to get the party started -

The Classic Daiquiri

- 2 oz. white rum
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
- ice cubes

Mix and shake the above ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cable Car

- 1 1/2 oz Captain Morgan Spice Rum
- 3/4 oz orange curacao
- 1 1/2 oz sour mix
- orange peel spiral for garnish
- super-fine sugar for rimming
- ice cubes

Rim a chilled cocktail glass with the sugar. Pour above ingredients into a shaker (shake well), and strain into the chilled glass.

Piña Colada

- 2 oz white rum
- 6 oz pineapple juice
- 1 1/2 oz Coco Lopez Coconut Cream
- 1 oz heavy cream
- 2 cups of ice cubes

(Also have Maraschino cherries and pineapple wedges for garnish)

Blends above ingredients well and pour into a hurricane glass and add cherries and pineapple to the glass for garnish.