Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane by-products, such as molasses, honey, or directly from sugarcane juice, by a process of fermentation and distillation.
The majority of the world's rum is produced in the Caribbean and Latin America; however, rum is also produced in other countries around the world, in lesser degrees.
There are various grades of rum produced, and light rums are more commonly used in cocktails. Golden and dark rums are generally consumed neat, over ice or served with a mixer.
Rum is a really evocative spirit and instantly transports the drinker to the sun-washed shores of the West Indies, with its white sands, palm trees and clear blue seas. Transform any cocktail into a holiday tipple with the addition of some rum.
This is a light tasting and aromatic white rum with delicate fruity and floral notes and is an ideal cocktail ingredient. It neither dominates or disappears; the perfect rum for all your rum-based cocktails.
Bacardi Carta Blanca is a dry and crisp rum with a very clean finish and is slightly sweet. With distinctive vanilla and almond notes which are developed in white oak barrels and shaped through a secret blend of charcoal for a distinctive smoothness.
It has a very reasonable price tag and is widely available in the UK and around the world.Buy now from
A Gold Medal winner at The International Spirits Challenge 2017, Havana Club Rum Anejo 3 Anos is made and aged for 3 years in Cuba and is the most popular rum in Havana City.
This light rum has an intense aroma with accents of vanilla, caramelised pears, banana and hints of smoked oak. Founded in 1878, Havana Club is the largest brand in Cuba and enjoyed by discerning rum connoisseurs and cocktail drinkers from around the world.Buy now from
Caribbean sunshine in a bottle! Malibu Caribbean Rum with Coconut is versatile and refreshing and makes the perfect Piña Colada cocktail. It is equally delicious mixed simply with pineapple juice or cola.
It has a rich, smooth and fresh taste and when you close your eyes that sun-kissed island feeling is only a sip away.
Reasonably priced and readily available, Malibu Caribbean Rum with Coconut is a must have cocktail ingredient, for sure.Buy now from
Lamb’s Navy Rum is a premium quality dark rum with a clean and distinctive taste. Founded in 1849 by Alfred Lamb, this unique blend of 18 superior Caribbean rums aged in wooden barrels quickly became the rum of choice for the British royal navy. Today little has changed with the recipe and it remains the same smooth rum enjoyed by many generations.
Whilst many cocktails use the lighter white rums, there are cocktails that do call for a dark or golden rum, and you won’t go wrong by using Lamb’s Navy Rum. A ‘True British Character’; add Lamb’s Navy rum to create a distinguished cocktail.Buy now from
A dark rum that is full-bodied with rich caramel and vanilla notes.
Captain Morgan Rum is a premium blend of five rum marques from three Caribbean countries that has been aged in oak barrels.
After distillation, the rum is aged for at least two years in charred oak barrels before the master blender performs their art in the secret blending of the finished liquid.
A reasonably priced branded rum, Captain Morgan’s is a sensible choice if you are after a dark rum for cocktail making.Buy now from
Red Leg Rum is a spiced rum made with Caribbean spirit and the secret to its great taste is in the blending. They select some of the best rums from the Caribbean and allow them to rest in oak barrels and infuse with Jamaican ginger and vanilla spices.
Bottled in the UK, this is a relative newcomer to the rum scene, but is definitely worth trying. Makes a great cocktail cabinet addition and perfect in Dark and Stormy, Hurricane and Mai Tai.Buy now from
Known for its soothing qualities, honey is an essential ingredient in this cocktail. Combine this with whisky and double cream to create a ‘medicinal’ cocktail to kick into touch those hangover blues.
A popular South African drink made in a tall glass with maraschino liqueur, gin, Angostura bitters and dry and sweet vermouth.
There are so many differing recipes for a Sunshine cocktail, here is just one……