National Rum Day is taking place this weekend on Aug. 16. To celebrate, we've collected some fun facts about rum, with help from Brugal Rum, that you may not know (and you can whip them out while you're sipping rum this Saturday to impress your friends).
1. The people responsible for overseeing rum's production are called Maestro Roneros, or Rum Master.
2. Although you'd think taste is the most important job for a Maestro Ronero, it's actually smelling — or what they call "nosing" — the rum that guides their decision making when creating the rum.
3. Brugal Rum is protected by the DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin), similar to Champagne in France and Tequila in Mexico.
4. Fine rums are enjoyed by aficionados in both cocktails and sipped neat or on the rocks, just as you would with a fine whiskey.
5. Before being aged, rum starts out clear or "water white," but aging in oak barrels adds color and flavor. Brugal Extra Dry is a cask-aged rum that is charcoal filtered to remove the brown color while maintaining the rich flavors imparted by the oak cask.
And below, find three recipes in case you feel like celebrating at home instead of out at a bar:
Created by Danny Neff, Extra Fancy
2 oz. Brugal Extra Dry Rum
½ oz. Aperol
½ oz. Maraschino Liqueur
½ oz. lemon juice
¼ oz. simple syrup
Shake all ingredients together, strain over ice in a Collins glass. Top with club soda, garnish with a lemon twist.
Created by Kenneth McCoy, Rum House/Ward III
2 oz. Brugal Extra Dry
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. agave syrup
4 muddled raspberries
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, shake vigorously and pour into an ice filled Collins glass and top off with ginger beer, garnish with fresh raspberries.
Brugal Bubble Bee
2 oz. Brugal Extra Dry rum
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. honey syrup (50 honey: 50 water)
2 oz. club soda
Shake all ingredients with ice, except soda, and strain into a Collins glass and top with soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel.