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World Rum Day

9th July 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

Today is World Rum Day, an annual, global celebration of this fascinating and historic spirit.

Rum was first made over 400 years ago in Barbados, when Christopher Columbus introduced the sugar cane plant to the Caribbean in the 17th century. The spirit then spread to Jamaica, Haiti and finally to Cuba, where production became industrialised.

For hundreds of years rum was known by many names and had many functions. Some claim the word comes from ‘rumbullion’ meaning “a great tumult or uproar”, while others say it is from the large drinking glasses used by Dutch seamen known as ‘rummers’, or even from ‘saccharum’, which is Latin for sugar. If you’re a naval man however, you’d be drinking a glass of ‘old grog’. In fact, rum was so beloved by seaman, that in 1731 the Navy made the official daily ration of booze ‘one pint of wine or half a pint of rum’, to be issued neat, (at 80% proof) in two equal amounts daily. 

So, al ways keen for a good party, BACARDÍ has once again partnered with some of the best cocktail bars in London, Manchester and Edinburgh for the whole month of July, to celebrate the hottest spirit of the moment. Check out Laki Kane or Boxpark Shoreditch in London, Smithfields Social or Peru Perdu in Manchester and Candy Bar, Tonic or the Blackbird in Edinburgh and try some delicious BACARDÍ cocktails. But if you also want to enjoy World Rum Day in the comfort of your own home, why not order your favourite cocktail from your local bar to be delivered to your door or recreate a classic Daquiri cocktail at home.

Aston spoke to Dickie Cullimore, global brand ambassador for Barcardi.

Photo by Claus Grünstäudl on Unsplash

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