5 Things You Might Not Know About Rum, the Caribbean’s Most Renowned Spirit
In honor of National Rum Day, we’re dropping some knowledge about the libation most synonymous with the islands of the Caribbean. From origin stories, to titles of distinction and more, we hope you learn an interesting thing or two!
- There are about twenty Caribbean islands that produce rum. Among them, two hold noteworthy distinctions. Barbados is home to the Mount Gay Distillery recognized as the oldest distillery in the world and Puerto Rico is home to the Bacardi Distillery recognized as the world’s largest.
- Rum production also takes places outside of the Caribbean as Africa, Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe and North America all produce rum. In the U.S. alone, there are over 70 distillers across 25 states that contribute to rum production.
- The world’s top selling rum cocktail is the daiquiri according to a Drinks International poll of bartenders from over 100 best bars in the world (2018).
- While the daiquiri originated in Cuba, other well-known rum cocktails originated elsewhere: the Mojito in Cuba, Pina Colada in Puerto Rico, Painkiller in BVI and Dark ‘N Stormy in Bermuda (though bear in mind Bermuda is technically not an island of the Caribbean).
- Two of these are among the only four cocktails in the world whose recipes are trademark protected. They are the Dark ‘N Stormy (which must be made specifically with Goslings Black Seal Rum to use the name) and the Painkiller (which must be prepared with Pusser’s Rum).
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