National Rum Day is a holiday dedicated to a fantastic drink. Rum is invariably associated with pirates, who made it famous all over the world. Lewis Grizzard, American writer and humorist, once said that rum is the only ingredient that can improve the taste of Coca-Cola.
In the 1600s, sugar cane was grown in the Caribbean. When converted into sugar, molasses was produced, which for a long time was considered a by-product. It is not known who first tried to distill it, but they got rum! From that moment on, the drink gained popularity: sales grew every day.
Initially, the rum was called ‘Death of the Devil’. This was due to the original version being distinguished by a large amount of alcohol. Over time, production softened this taste, making it much more pleasant.
Until 1970, British sailors received rations which included rum.
Sad moments are also associated with the history of rum; for example, its production and trade was entrusted to slaves, who existed until 1863.
Rum is the third most popular drink in America.
An open bottle of alcohol must be consumed within six months to enjoy the original taste.
The drink does not improve with age after being bottled. However, it undergoes various processes in the cask.
How to take part
- If you have been putting off a noisy party with friends for a long time, then today it is worth gathering everyone together. Buy an alcoholic drink and treat your loved ones.
- Prepare various cocktails. There are a huge number of recipes!
- Try rum-based desserts.
- Attend a tasting and decide on your favorite type of drink.
When is National Rum Day celebrated in 2023?
National Rum Day is observed on August 16 each year.