The 16th of August is designated as National Rum Day. In honor of one of our go-to libations, we'd like to take this occasion to regale you with some fascinating information about the origins of this age-old spirit, as well as the culture that has developed around it. Rum is one of the most versatile alcoholic beverages that can be purchased at this time and has been an important component of the economy of the Americas almost since the continent's inception.
The Origin of National Rum Day
Rum's early history is similar to that of the Americas, and some people say that few other drinks have had as much of an effect on the new world as rum. Some kind of rum has been made since the third century BCE, but its popularity really took off when sugarcane was grown in the Caribbean by colonists in the 17th century. Molasses is a waste product of making sugar. Instead of letting this extra go to waste, they turned it into a drink. Thanks for that!
Molasses used to be called "kill devil" because it had a lot of alcohol and didn't taste very good. As the process of fermenting and distilling molasses got better, the spirit became much more enjoyable. The origin of the word "rum" is still up for debate, but most people agree that it comes from the words "rumbuillion" or "rumbustion," which means "upheaval," and were eventually shortened to "rum." which is the most convenient name to use, simple and straightforward.
Rum production quickly spread beyond the Caribbean to islands like Bermuda, Nevis, and Jamaica. It became one of the most popular alcoholic drinks and was even used for money. Rum became so popular in colonial America that it eventually made up 80% of New England's exports, and a tax on sugar in the 1760s led directly to the American Revolution.
But rum's history isn't always so bright. As with many labor-intensive industries in the early American economy, slaves were used for harvesting sugarcane and making rum. The popularity of rum helped keep the slave trade going in the United States until the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
Observe National Rum Day With Juicefly
Enjoy Juicefly’s convenient alcohol delivery in Los Angeles on National Rum Day and have a shot with your friends. You can also order tasty vapes or tobacco products to accompany your drinks. Here are some of the great options we offer.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, sailors from the West Indies established the original recipe for Bumbu Rum by blending rum with native Caribbean spices and calling it by that name. This rum is a faithful recreation of this historical item from the Caribbean, distilled in small batches and blended by hand using the same all-natural native spices without any artificial colors or flavors.
This one is as dark and potent as the legendary sea monster itself, The Kraken. Some of the eleven spices that go into making Kraken Rum are cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves. The blend of spices enhances the rum's smooth scent of chocolate and molasses.
This rum is just wonderful. Elegant and aromatically charming, its flavor may make you think of a fine cognac rather than a high-quality rum. We then age it for up to eight years in carefully selected American oak casks once it has been distilled. And once you take a sip, you'll see why we Brugals are known far and wide for our blended rums.
Caramel, raisins, vanilla, black licorice, cinnamon, wood, and almond scents greet you in the Pampero Aniversario Reserva Exclusiva, a rum with a highly complex and thick body. Light chocolate and berry undertones round out the flavor.
In terms of popularity and recognition, Bacardi rum is unrivaled. Its subtle flavor and excellent harmony make it a perfect complement to other subtle flavors like mint and lime. The Original Mojito and Daiquiri were among the first of a new genre of drinks that were light, clean, crisp, and refreshing.