Rum

Rum is a liquor produced by fermenting then distilling sugarcane molasses or juice. The distillate, a clear fluid, is usually aged in oak barrels.

Rums are in different grades. Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas "golden" and "dark" rums are consumed straight or neat, iced ("on the rocks"), or used for cooking, but are now commonly consumed with mixers. Premium rums are to be consumed either straight or iced.

Farm slaves discovered that molasses, a by-product of the sugar refining process, could be fermented into alcohol. Then, a distillation of this alcohol by-products concentrated the alcohol, and removed some impurities, producing the first modern rums.

Jamaica is well known for its rum. There are some big brands, like Appleton Estate, but some producers on the island excel at funkier styles. Some of the best Jamaican rums are driven by savory, earthy flavors that come from wild yeast that's used for fermentation.

Rum is also great with

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Old Cuban

The Old Cuban is an IBA official cocktail and is made with aged rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, mint leaves, and topped with champagne brut. The cocktail takes inspiration from the Mojito, but it features a few important tweaks that result in a unique flavor experience. The Old Cuban was created in 2001 by famed mixologist Audrey Saunders.

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Curacao Punch

Curaçao Punch is a cocktail from Harry Johnson's New and Improved Bartender's Manual (1882). It's a forgotten punch that combines robust rum and brandy with an old-fashioned orange liqueur.

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Adios Motherfucker

The Adios Motherfucker, abbreviated AMF, is new, and its principal feature is the blue color, a beautiful blue like the Caribbean Sea. The taste is less exciting than the color, as it is a careless combination made more to get high than to appreciate a fine cocktail. The idea behind it is to take four of the major spirits (gin, tequila, rum, and vodka), mix them, and eventually mask the taste of this cocktail with the citrus flavor of the blue curacao since the color of it. The AMF is similar to the invisible and the Long Island Iced Tea cocktail, its cousin. The drink is bold, boozy, and blue. Featuring five alcoholic components, it’s very similar to the Long Island Iced Tea. But where the LIIT calls for triple sec and cola, this cocktail needs a slug of blue curaçao and a topper of Sprite or 7UP. That curaçao swap adds vibrant color, while the soda switch gives the drink a lighter, more citrusy flavor. The recipe specifically calls for the sweet-and-sour mix. You can find bottled sweet-and-sour on store shelves, but it’s always a good practice to stay away from those, as they're full of sugar and additives.

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Yellow Bird

The Yellow Bird is a common tropical cocktails that uses both light rum and dark rum in combination with lime and orange juice. Another ingredient, the Galliano (anise and vanilla liqueur) is added to bring in another layer of flavor and make things a bit more interesting. The origins of the yellow bird name is unclear. Some sources mention that the cocktail was named after the Haitian tune "Yellow Bird".

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Blow My Skull Off

Blow My Skull Off is an alcoholic punch drink obtained by two pints of boiling water, sugarloaf, lime, or lemon juice, one pint of ale or porter, one-pint rum, and half a pint of brandy. Blow My Skull is an alcoholic punch drink that originated in mid-19th century Australia. As listed in The English and Australian Cookery Book by Edward Abbott, it calls for two pints of boiling water, sugar loaf, lime or lemon juice, one pint of ale or porter, one pint rum, and a half a pint of brandy.

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Hemingway Special

A Hemingway Special is an all day cocktail based on the Floridita Daiquiri. It is made with rum, lime juice, maraschino liqueur, and grapefruit juice and served in a double cocktail glass. The popular classic cocktail is named after the writer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), whose novels propelled him to worldwide fame.

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Cuba libre

Rum and Coke, or the Cuba libre, is a highball cocktail consisting of cola, rum, and in many recipes lime juice on ice. The cocktail originated in the early 20th century in Cuba, after the country won independence in the Spanish–American War. It subsequently became popular across Cuba, the United States, and other countries. Its simple recipe and inexpensive, ubiquitous ingredients have made it one of the world's most-popular alcoholic drinks.

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Daiquiri

Daiquiri is a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, citrus juice, and sugar or other sweetener. Add the rum, lime juice and the sugar syrup to a shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled. The Daiquiri was supposedly invented in 1898 in the eponymous mining town of Daiquiri on the southeastern tip of Cuba by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox. It was introduced in the United States a decade later, when a U.S. Navy medical officer brought the recipe from Cuba to Washington, D.C.