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Happy National Rum Day

August 16, 2018

National Rum Day is observed annually on August 16.  Rum is a distilled clear alcoholic beverage which is a byproduct of molasses production or made directly from sugar cane juice.  After the fermentation and distillation process, most rum is aged in wooden oak barrels.

RUM FACT: The Sugar Act of 1764, which was a tax on sugar, molasses and rum by the British on the American colonies, helped start the unrest that finally became the American Revolution.

Followed by the vodka and all the whiskeys combined, rum is the third most popular spirit in the United States. It stirs up images of sandy beaches and brightly colored umbrellas in fruity drinks.  And it should.  It is a sweet spirit and originated in sunny Papua New Guinea.  It made its way to the Caribbean by way of the West Indies.

HOW TO OBSERVE

There are many ways to enjoy rum.  On a hot summer day, a great way to celebrate is with this recipe for a Strawberry Pineapple Cooler.  Use #NationalRumDay to post on social media. Remember to always drink responsibly and to never drink and drive 

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Rum Day.

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