Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane juice or molasses. It is a versatile spirit that is produced in many countries around the world, with significant production in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
Rum is usually aged in oak barrels, which contributes to its flavour profile, and ranges in colour from clear to dark brown. The flavour and colour of rum can vary widely, depending on factors such as the production method, the type of sugarcane used, the length of aging, and the addition of other ingredients.
Light rum, also known as white or silver rum, is usually light in colour and has a mild flavour profile, making it a popular choice for cocktails. Dark rum, on the other hand, is aged for a longer period and has a stronger, more robust flavour, often with notes of caramel, toffee, or vanilla. Spiced rum is made by adding spices and flavourings to the spirit, while flavoured rums are infused with natural fruit flavours, such as mango or coconut.
Rum is widely used in cocktails and is a key ingredient in popular drinks such as the Mai Tai, Daiquiri, and Rum & Cola. It is also consumed neat or on the rocks and is sometimes used in cooking and baking as a flavouring ingredient.