Rum: Production, Cocktails and History
By Zoe Denckla Rum is created from leftover dregs of sugar that sit, ferment, and become alcoholic over time. There are endless possibilities for how it can be aged, flavored, and filtered. This spirit can spice up any occasion, whether it’s adding a kick to a cocktail or giving a cake a new depth of flavor. Rum’s history, on the other hand, is not so positive. It was made on sugar plantations in the West Indies starting in the mid-1600s, produced by the labor of enslaved people, and deeply linked to triangle slave trade.