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Served Rum

How to drink — just like whiskey with a splash of water or ice, and a slice of lime.

An alcoholic beverage that is made from the fermented sugarcane juice, syrup, molasses and other sugarcane by-products. The most common brands of Rum in Zambia are Captain Morgan and Barcadi. Whether you are sipping it neat, on the rocks, chilled or blending it into a cocktail, Rum is a tasty and soul warming liquor.

After distillation, Rum is aged in oak barrels for 3-10 years which gives it a brownish hue. However, the amount of time and climate will play a role in the final colour too. The alcohol by volume is 40-80% making it 80-150 proof.

Rum is most common in mixed drinks. The most popular Rum cocktails are:

  • Rum & coke
  • Daiquiri
  • Hurricane
  • Pina colada
  • Long Island iced tea
  • Mai Tai

Pairings For Rum

  • Steak + Aged Rum. When discussing rum and meat dishes, steak always comes most readily to mind.
  • Club Soda + Dark or Spiced Rum.
  • Cheese + Silver or Black Rum.
  • Tonic Water + Dark Rum.
  • Ceviche + White Rum.
  • Pineapple Juice + White or Dark Rum.
  • Flavored Seltzer + Spiced Rum.
  • Ginger Beer + White or Dark

Aged rum benefits from a but of water or one or two ice cubes to really develop its best flavors. Just like with Bourbon or Scotch, you shouldn't drink it at cask strength of 150 proof. Instead water it down to about 70 – 80 proof to get the best sipping experience.

Rum is popularly used in tropical cocktails like daiquiris and pina colada. However, dark rum is just as great for winter cocktails like old fashioned and dark and stormy as well. You can easily spike your hot beverages with some rum too.

Serve rums neat and at room temperature, “because that's where you're going to get the most flavour and the most aroma out of them.” Unlike at a wine tasting, she says, it's okay to hold the glass in your hands in order to warm the rum up ever so slightly.

Drink It Like Whiskey—with a Splash of Water or Ice

His rule of thumb: “I'd say 45 percent [ABV] or lower you should drink it neat, but anything above that you may enjoy more with dilution.”

The cola you choose matters significantly, since it will make up by far the largest portion of the drink. The classic Coca-Cola is a great choice, since its relatively high acidity renders it a good match with rum.

The alcohol content of rum and vodka is very similar. Rum typically has an ABV of 40%, while vodka usually has an ABV of around 35%. However, there are some rum varieties that have an ABV as high as 50%.