National Rum Day

Today is National Rum Day – the perfect justification for enjoying some rum-based exotic cocktails over the weekend!

Originating in the Caribbean in the 1600s, rum is a popular liquor used to add a potent and distinguishable flavour to various cocktails and desserts.

The creation of rum was first discovered when plantation slaves found that fermenting sugarcane molasses resulted in the production of alcohol. Removal of any impurities caused true rum to be formed.

Ranging from clear to dark brown, different types of rum have varying levels of potency and a range of uses, e.g. light rums are often used in cocktails; whilst dark rum is more flavoursome and most likely to be consumed neat or added to cooking.

To help you to create some delicious cocktails in honour of this special day, we have put together a list of some of the most mouthwatering rum-based options:

Mojito

 

  •  1½ limes, cut into wedges
  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 2½ tsp granulated sugar
  • handful ice
  • 65ml/2½fl oz white rum
  • splash soda water, to taste
  • fresh mint sprig, to garnish

 

  1. Place the limes, mint and sugar into a sturdy highball glass and ‘muddle’ or mash with the end of a clean rolling pin, to bruise the mint and release the lime juice.
  2. Add the ice and pour over the rum.
  3. Add soda water to taste and stir well. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve in a Luxury Mojito Glass 5 Piece Set.

Rum Punch

 

  • 1 cup Bacardi rum
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup coconut rum
  • 2 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp grenadine syrup
  • ice cubes

 

Mix all ingredients together in a blender or punch bowl. Pour over ice cubes in an LSA Serve Punch Cup.

 

Pina Colada

  • 4 measures white rum
  • 4 measures coconut milk
  • 4 measures pineapple juice
  • Crushed ice
  • Pineapple wedges, to decorate

 

Put the rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice in a blender with some crushed ice and blend until slushy. Serve in a Pina Colada Cocktail Glass and decorate with pineapple wedges.

 

Enjoy experimenting with these tasty concoctions and raise a glass to National Rum Day!

(N.B. if you indulge too much you may be wondering – “why is the rum gone?” - à la Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean!)

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