How do you like your rum…..straight up or mixed? Did you know that rum was considered a hot, hellish, and terrible liquor? Dating back to the 17th century, there were many other names used for rum including “kill devil”, “demon water”, and “pirates drink”.
Rum is distilled from sugarcane byproducts, like molasses, and aged in oak barrels for a minimum of one year, which ultimately creates a smoother rum and that’s what contributes to the Dominican Republic’s art of making this sought-after drink. Although International Rum Day is celebrated in August, the Dominican Republic probably celebrates rum every day.
Ways to enjoy your rum (responsibly, please):
- A simple — and popular way — is mixing rum with another beverage, like a cola, of course.
- A Mojito uses light rum, lime, sugar, club soda and mint leaves.
- Hot buttered rum (Michiganders like this one…)
- Straight up is another way…drink mindfully and enjoy the warmth, scent and distinct taste of a high-quality rum from one of the brands noted above.
- Between the Sheets (this one dates back to the ’20s and that’s all I’ll say!).
- And then there’s the “Mama Juana”, the drink of the Dominican Republic. It is a mixture of rum, red wine, honey with tree bark and herbs. It’s a bit medicinal, too.
So there you have it…..if you want some of the best rum (light, gold, or dark rum), get it from the Dominican Republic.
And it seems even more exciting to sip a rum beverage while relaxing at a Barcelo resort, like the Barcelo Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana.