Rum is a sugar cane based spirit, primarily made in the Caribbean and Latin America, but you can really find Rum in many corners of the world.

It is traditionally distilled from molasses, sugar cane syrup or sugar cane juice. The distillate, a clear liquid, is usually aged in oak barrels, while many times ageing process and flavour finishing of Rum is done in various wine casks. Before it is bottled, water is blended into the Rum to reduce the alcohol content, diluting the aged Rum and its colour.

Common Rum classifications are White, Golden/Amber, Dark, Spiced, Añejo/Age-Dated. If your friend starts putting golden or dark Rum in his cocktail–SLAP HIM! In general, light Rums are commonly used in cocktails, while others are consumed neat.

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Next time you have a tipple of Rum you can say that you're tapping the Admiral.

This intriguing phrase comes from the great Admiral Nelson who was killed in the battle of Trafalgar off of Spain. The story is that his body was preserved in Rum to be shipped back to England but, when the barrel arrived, some of the Rum was missing and said to have been siphoned off by some desperate or unknowing sailors. It's a great story but most likely false.

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