Rum lovers around the world owe a great debt to a simple plant: sugar cane. Hundreds of years ago, there was a sugar craze in Europe, and colonies were established around the Caribbean to make the sweet commodity. But the production of sugar creates a lot of byproduct—namely, molasses. There wasn’t much use for the thick, sticky, sweet substance until it was discovered that molasses could be fermented and then distilled. The alcohol quickly became popular with pirates, sailors and America’s founders.

Rum Stories

11 Muddled Drinks in Bars to Crush on Now

The muddler is not overrated.

The Key to Being a Badass Bartender in Los Angeles? Ignore Hollywood.

Ryan Wainwright likes to buck the norm.

Partner Content

Who Won the USBG Legacy National Finals?

Discover who’s representing the US at the global finals in Mexico City.

11 Cocktails to Try for St. Patrick’s Day

Because you can only have so many pints of Guinness.

The Surprising Thing That Fueled the American Revolution. And the Rise of Our First President.

It rhymes with “sum.”

The Indispensables:
The Cuba Libre

Much more than just a Rum & Coke.

Partner Content

History’s Great Sips:
The Cuba Libre

The world’s most popular cocktail is also one of its simplest.

A Booze Lover’s Guide to Sustainable Drinking

How companies are doing it green.

11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now:
February 2018

Go forth. And drink.

Seattle’s Navy Strength:
My Bar in 3 Drinks

Its co-owners Anu and Chris Elford tell the story.

Partner Content

Running a Green Distillery Is Way Harder Than You Think

How one rum producer has been turning waste into energy for a long time.

11 Essential Cocktails for Your February Parties

What to make. This month.

More Articles
  B E T T E R   W I T H   R U M  
What do you like to drink?
  • Select a spirit type
  • Bourbon
  • Rum
  • Scotch
  • Tequila
How do you like your
  • Select a preference
  • Fancy
  • Simple
  • Sour
  • Strong
  • Sweet
Get My Drink

Mixing your cocktail

Rum Videos