Apparently, National Rum Day is this Sunday, August 16. National Day Calendar explains the origin story of the distilled spirit: “Rum conjures up sailors and pirates. The reason for that is how rum came to be. In the West Indies during the 1600s, large plantations grew sugar cane. When they extracted the sugar, they created a byproduct called molasses. For years, the molasses was a waste product until it was discovered it could be distilled — into rum. Then rum became not only a commodity for trade but also a ration on the ships delivering the product. Even in the modern Royal Navy, British sailors received an allotment of rum until 1970.”
Sailors also associate rum with refreshing summer boat drinks. Even when San Francisco’s summer chill returns, sipping a rum cocktail will conjure images of swinging in a hammock in a tropical anchorage. So, what are your favorite boat drinks? Recipes and rum-related tall tales are welcome in the Comments section below.