It's a tough job, but someones got to do it. Creating new cocktails, testing new flavours and generally embracing all that rum is, sounds terrible, right? Rum is more than just a spirit, more than an alcoholic drink or an ingredient for a cocktail. It is a spirit without rules that has been ever popular since people discovered that certain liquids could have a different effect on you, it offers complete parallels varying from a white to brown liquid, light to heavy taste and a floral to spicy flavour, it’s a drink where you can savour the flavour or mix it with a range of juices and other liquids for a sweet long cocktail.
Whether you’re a rum connoisseur, enjoy the occasional rum and coke or don’t even realise your favourite cocktail contains it, rum is an undeniably popular spirit around the world. It comes in various colours, flavours and proofs and this can affect the drink you should mix it with, the occasion and, quite frankly, how intoxicated you’re planning on becoming. Variations include dark rum - aged for 5 years or longer, spiced rum – containing added spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon after distillation, gold rum – a sweeter rum aged at least 3 years and overproof – at least 60% ABV, popular in the Caribbean islands, where they can handle their stronger drinks. Of course, there are plenty more rums but these are some of our favourite types.
Rum has a long history steeped in Caribbean heritage, Pirates and Slavery. Originally known as Rumbullion, Rum started its journey in the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean dating back to the 17th century where it has a dark history, playing an integral part of the triangular trade route. Slaves were brought from Africa and traded to the West Indies for molasses; the molasses were then made into rum in New England; the rum was then traded to Africa for more slaves and so the cycle would continue. British sailors also played a heavy part in the history of Rum via the British Navy where up until 1970, they were known for giving sailors a daily ration of rum called a ‘tot’. Sailors often used Rum to keep then hydrated (we wouldn’t recommend trying this at home!), they would store water, beer and rum on their ships to drink. First they would drink the water as it was the quickest to go off, they would then drink the beer, saving the best until last as Rum would keep the longest in the ships barrels, also meaning when they became thirsty, they would find themselves more intoxicated than before.
Rum cocktails have always been popular and here at Aruba, we love the things, but they weren’t always quite as exciting as we like to think we make them now. The first Rum cocktail came about when the sailors began mixing rum with water to make a ‘grog’ (we won’t be adding this one to the menu any time soon, don’t worry). This was done as Rum was bottled at such a high proof that it just couldn’t be drunk by itself. Later a ‘Bumbo’ or a ‘Toddy’ came into play, both a mixture of spices, sugar and water. Now, Rum is an extremely popular cocktail ingredient which features widely in our Caribbean inspired cocktail menu from the classic Mojito to the Zombie, including a mix of 5 rums it’s not one for the faint hearted, to the largest Daiquiri you will have ever seen and a classic Caribbean rum punch that we just couldn’t leave off. Here at Aruba we pride ourselves on having the largest Rum selection outside of London, and with a name like Aruba, rightly so. We offer a selection including; Blanco, Bacardi Oakheart, Mahiki Coconut rum and Bacardi Añejo to name a few, mixing these effortlessly to form perfectly formed cocktails, mixers or for the colder days, an alcoholic hot chocolate.
Our favourite Rum cocktail has to be our Spiced Berry Mojito. A fruity twist on the classic Mojito. Containing Bacardi Oakheart then muddled with fresh raspberries, strawberries, mint & lime and topped with fiery ginger beer. Why not come down and give one a try or learn more about our rums in a spirit tasting masterclass? Or make your favourite rum cocktail in one of our cocktail masterclasses?