Celebrate National Rum Day with a Cocktail from Barbados
The Birthplace of Rum
Today is National Rum Day so why not celebrate with a delicious cocktails from Barbados, the birthplace of rum (see recipes below). Barbados is the number one destination for all rum connoisseurs and heritage enthusiasts who want to discover the fascinating story of the spirit of the Caribbean.
Cheryl Carter UK Director of BTMI says – “Rum is not only a part of our history but in our way of life, many friendships are made and arguments resolved over and/or with, a rum cocktail. It’s deeply rooted in our history and culture and is a favourite with almost everyone on the island. We encourage our visitors to explore the many varieties and, several rum distilleries on the island, as each has its own unique, fascinating story to tell.”
Barbados was built on the business and culture of rum and has been producing the spirit for over 350 years. From as far back as the 1600s, sugar – and the rum which was made from it – dominated the economic development of Barbados, right up until the 1990s. Barbados was known as “the richest spot of land in all the European colonies in the Caribbean region”, all made possible by a thriving sugar industry, and booming rum production.
On island visitors have the unique opportunity of seeing a working sugar plantation at St. Nicholas Abbey; here they can witness the grinding of the sugar cane, the traditional distillation process and the oak barrels where the rum is stored, giving the St. Nicholas Abbey rum its magnificent flavour.
Considered to be the oldest rum brand in the world, the Mount Gay Visitor Centre enables visitors to discover the secrets of the Mount Gay rum making process; by delving into the history of the brand and, sampling its award-winning spirits.
The Foursquare Rum Factory though modern is yet another award-winning factory on the island. This factory offers free self-guided tours and tasting sessions and, it also houses a heritage park with picturesque landscaped gardens.
Visitors can also embrace this magical elixir in the islands first rum vault, hidden on the platinum west coast at the prestigious Colony Club. The Rum Vault boasts the largest collection of rum in Barbados with over 150 varieties to choose from. There, guests can also enjoy Rum pairing dinners, Rum themed mixology demonstrations and Rum inspired culinary classes.
Great Rum Cocktail Recipes for National Rum Day
Why not try your hand at a few great rum cocktails? Here are a few recipes shared by Visit Barbados.
3 Star Mojito
2 oz Plantation 3 star white rum
6 mint leaves
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz lime juice
Top with soda water
Pepper my Corn!
1.5 oz Plantation 5yr Rum
1 oz GuavaJuice
1 oz Passionfruit juice
Manuka Honey Tea
½ oz Simple Syrup with a pinch of Black pepper
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish: Citrus Wheel with Red Pepper Corns
2 oz Plantation Pineapple Rum
Orange Cinnamon Clove Tea
1 oz Lemon Juice
2 oz Passionfruit Juice
1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
2 dashes Orange Bitters
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