Ah rum, the drink that instantly transports you to tropical lands, with sand in your toes, a brisk sea breeze in your hair and a coconut tree for shade.
If you fancy being a bit more adventurous with your rum choice, why not buy a banana flavoured rum (yes, you read that right) from Dead Man’s Fingers or choose the perfect cocktail accompaniment with Captain Morgan’s Tiki Rum? Whatever you pick, just don’t forget that little umbrella in your drink!
What rum is best for making a strawberry daiquari?For a classic strawberry daiquiri, we recommend using a light rum like Cruzan. It's smooth, subtle, and won't overpower the delicate flavours of the fruit. However, if you're looking to add a little something extra to your drink, we recommend trying one of our darker rums like Ron Zacapa or Appleton Estate. They'll give your cocktail a nice depth of flavour and a slightly smokier taste.
What rum is best for making a pina colada?It depends on your taste. If you want a strong, rich flavour, go for a dark rum. If you're looking for a sweet and refreshing cocktail, light rums are the way to go. However, our personal favourite is to use a spiced rum for pina coladas. It gives them a nice Caribbean flavour profile that is hard to resist.
How is rum made?Most rum is made by distilling sugarcane juice or molasses. The first step in the manufacturing process is to extract the juice from the sugarcane. This juice is then boiled in large scale steel vats until it thickens and becomes a syrup known as molasses. The next step is to ferment the molasses with yeast, which turns the sugar into alcohol. The mixture is then distilled in large copper pot stills, and the resulting rum is bottled and sold. Most rums are made from molasses, but some are made from pure cane juice. There's also a type of rum called 'agricultural rum' that's made from fermented sugarcane stalks rather than molasses or cane juice.
Can rum go bad in heat?Yes, rum can go bad in heat. When alcohol is exposed to high temperatures, it can start to develop a sour smell and taste. This is because the compounds that give rum its distinctive flavour and aroma are broken down by heat. So if you're storing rum in a hot environment - like your car on a summer day - be sure to keep it in a cool place, like the fridge.