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In honor of National Rum Day happening soon (August 16), we thought we would revisit the history of the beloved elixir of pirates, and share some of our favorite bottles, with some tasty concoctions.

Let’s take it back to where it all started. Sugar. All rum are the product of sugar cane and is made from the by-products of sugar production (think molasses). This kind of explains that distinct “sweetness” character of rum that doesn’t really taste sweet.

Regardless of the type of rum being produced, – the three main types being White Rum, Dark Rum, and Spiced Rum – it always starts with the cane. The sugar cane is pressed to remove any excess water and is fermented immediately or boiled to create a molasses byproduct, from which most rum is made. The world of Rum and Rum production is quite wide, and if you want to delve deeper we suggest checking out vinepair.com.

Not only do Pirates love rum, but Sailors pretty much lived off it once upon a time. Way back when Pirates and the British Royal Navy’s Sailors actually used rum to keep hydrated and it was one of three thirst-quenchers kept on ship – the other two being water and beer. Rum was able to sit on the ship for long periods of time without ever going bad. Flash forward to present time, we don’t recommend using rum to stay hydrated, although we do love a refreshing beach-y cocktail every now and then!

With Summer’s end being closer than we like to remind ourselves of, let’s get to our favorite bottles of Rum and the some thirst-quenching concoction to enjoy at the beach before it’s too late.

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Papa’s Pilar Artisan-Crafted Rum Special Edition Dark Rum Barrel Select
Papa’s Pilar is the award-winning premium sipping rum that was inspired by Ernest Hemingway. Papa’s Pilar team of Master Blenders created two unique blends of Papa’s Pilar Dark that underwent Solera aging in American Oak Bourbon Barrels, Port Wine Casks, and Spanish Sherry Casks, went on to age even longer in bourbon barrels for an extra 120 days. The result being a bold and complex rum that tantalizes the taste buds.

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Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum
The lighter and brighter sibling to the Special Edition Dark Rum above. Papa’s Pilar Blonde is the first ever “blonde” rum, and is the ultimate mixing rum and is beautifully dangerous in a Rum & Coke (for real!). This Blonde Rum embodies an exceptionally smooth taste of citrus, almond, and oak notes with a creamy mouthfeel.

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El Dorado 12Yr Old Rum
We’re forever thankful to the Rum Gods for bringing El Dorado back to the Mitten. Those of us living in the Great Lakes State went through many years of being without the delicious rum. El Dorado is produced at the last remaining rum distillery in the country of Guyana, and the bottling pays homage to Guyana’s rich tradition of fine rum. Savor El Dorado straight, on the rocks, or in a classic Mai Tai, for its lush tropical fruit and spice notes blend beautifully with the flavors of honey and cooked sugar.

 

Stiggin’s Fancy Plantation Pineapple Rum
Created by Plantation Cellar Master, Alexandre Gabriel, and David Wondrich, author of Imbibe, to pay tribute to the esteemed Reverend Stiggns, whose favorite drink was the Pineapple Rum in the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. The masterful rum is created by infusing ripe Queen Victoria pineapples in rich, aged Plantation Original Dark Rum for three months. The end result is a rich and delicious bouquet, accented by smoky, tropical notes, and a structured palate of ripe banana and pineapple with a lingering smoky finish.

 

 

 

 

 

RUM & COKE

2 ounces Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum
4-6 ounces Q Kola

MAI TAI

1 ounce Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum
1 ounce El Dorado 12Yr Old Rum
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce orange curacao
1/2 ounce orgeat syrup
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Lime shell and mint sprig for garnish

O.C. & Stiggins

3/4 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce falernum
1/4 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggins’ Fancy
1/2 ounce Cana Brava white rum
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.