There is a beauty in the lawlessness of rum. It was birthed through slavery in the tropical, Carribean islands. Slaves were forced to plant, cut and juice sugarcane, which produced molasses as a waste product. Eventually, molasses was fermented and distilled to produce rum. Not long after its inception, rum was accepted into the higher ranks and the Royal Navy offered the Jamaican liquor to sailors as their daily liquor ration. From the Royal Navy, rum found itself in the centre of the Prohibition era, where speakeasies conceived and served rum cocktails and kept its spirit alive.
In an ode to its colored history, rum now appears as white and dark rum on shelves of bars all around the world. As the rum revolution approaches India in 2021, it’s time to stock up on the rums that deserve a spot on the shelves of your home bar.
- Old Monk
The bastion of the Indian rum industry. Every time you breathe in the ever-so-familiar notes of vanilla and cinnamon, you’re reminded of the illicitness of youthful drinking.
Bacardi’s White Rum is infamous for being used in cocktails. Save this bottle for mixing the perfect, homemade Mojitos and Daiquiris.
- Mount Gay
300 years of Barbados heritage flows into every bottle of this dark rum.
The Indian rum industry has remained dormant for decades. Makazai is here to breathe new life into rum. Available in Goa from the 16th of January.
- Lover’s Rum
Created by Arijit Bose – an Indian bar legend – Lover’s Rum will be available in Goa this year.
- Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
The spiced rum is a secret blend of Caribbean rums, a must-have to add unexpected flavors to classic cocktails.
- Ron Zacapa
Aged in a small town in Eastern Guatemala, a bottle of Ron Zacapa 23 boasts a honeyed, spiced, and fruity complexity owing to the blend of rums aged from 6 to 23 years old.
Nostalgia and rich, cultural history flows in the 7 rums mentioned above, making them deserve a spot on your home bar – perfect to sip on neat, or mix into your favorite cocktails.