The 16th of August is Rum day.
This is the perfect time of year to celebrate the spirit known throughout the English-speaking world as “rum“, as it is a very popular spirit for summer cocktails.
If you’re in the southern hemisphere where it’s winter now, rum is also very popular in egg nog and in a rum toddy.
Rum has been called a “vacation in a glass.”
Today is naturally very popular with rum producers, who encourage us today to try rum in any of its forms, light, golden, dark or spiced.
They’d like us to even give aged rum a try on its own for sipping straight up.
Rum, though, is typically used in mixed drinks. What is your favourite rum-based drink?
On a good day, columnists and food writers date rum back to several thousands years before man even learned how to distill alcohol around the 13th century AD.
Activities for today
- Have some friends over and make some rum-based cocktails;
- go to a bar and order a rum-based cocktail;
- cook something with rum as an ingredient;
- try an aged rum straight up;
- try a brand name you haven’t tried before;
- have some rum and raisin ice cream, or a rum and raisin chocolate bar.
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