7 fun facts about Rum

  1. Rum is the world’s oldest spirit, with the first distillation taking place during the 1620s in the Caribbean.

  2. The oldest surviving rum brand is Mount Gay, which began in 1703.

  3. Rum is a liquor made by fermenting then distilling sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice.

  4. Rum comes in a variety of colours. The lighter the colour the less time the rum has spent ageing in a barrel. 

  5. In hopes of preventing scurvy, the British Navy gave rations of rum to its sailors until the 1970s (but it was actually the addition of lime — i.e. vitamin C — that kept the scurvy at bay).

  6. Bacardi houses the world’s largest rum distillery.

  7. The 16th of August is National Rum Day!

The Original Rum Punch

INGREDIENTS:

45ml Mount Gay Eclipse 

22.5ml sugar Syrup

15ml fresh lime juice

90ml water

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Lime or orange wedges

Freshly grated nutmeg

METHOD:

  1. Put all ingredients in a glass

  2. Add crushed ice

  3. Stir, add grated nutmeg on top and enjoy!