An Exquisite Blend of Hard Seltzer & Rum to Give You A Taste of the Caribbean
Did you know that August 16 is International Rum Day? No alcoholic beverage could have a dedicated date in the calendar other than the world’s oldest spirit: Rum!
From swinging in a hammock to pool parties and tiki bars, nothing gets you a better feel and taste of the tropics than rum. A blend of exotic fruit flavours and good quality rum can unwind all of your senses. It transports you to the sun-kissed shores of fascinating islands, ocean breezes and crystal clear sea waters. With a rum cocktail in hand, you’ll be the life and soul of the party!
What Is Rum Made From?
We couldn’t have rum without the sugarcane plants. Sugarcanes are tropical grass species, 2 to 6-metre tall, native to Papua, New Guinea.
For rum production, sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice are mixed with yeast and water to ferment into alcohol. Then, the liquid mix goes through distillation that transforms the raw materials into pure alcohol. The distilled, clear liquor is left in oak barrels for a few years to age. As the last step before bottling, the filtering process removes any impurities from rum.
Even though that’s how big brands make rum, the specifics of rum production vary between manufacturers and locations.
Another important aspect every drinker has in mind when it comes to rum is the quality. How good a rum brand is relies on the variety of sugarcane used to create it. Well-known sugarcane-growing countries are Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Cuba and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. Cuba and Puerto Rico are popular for the production of light-bodied rums. On the other hand, Jamaican sugarcanes create a heavier rum with a stronger flavour.
The longer the rum is left to age in old barrels, the more flavourful, tasty and brighter in colour will be.
But no matter if it’s fresh, fruity and light or stronger and more woody, rum is one of the greatest, much-loved and oldest spirits in the world.
A Standout Cocktail To Transport Your Senses To Exotic Destinations: Rum & Hard Seltzer
Served Drinks has teamed up with one of the world’s top bartenders, Anna Sebastian, to create the most refreshing and tropical rum hard seltzer recipe. It’s simple and takes only a few minutes to prepare. So get ready to show off your bartending skills and impress your friends!
Cocktail Name: I’m Kinda Rich
- 20ml Served® Lime:
- 20ml Bacardi 8 Year Old Rum or any other rum you like
- 5ml Pomegranate Juice
- 50ml Fresh Clementine Juice
- 5ml Lemon Juice
- 10ml Honey
Glass, Garnish & Ice
- Rocks Glass
- Grated Cinnamon
- Crushed Ice
- Add cubed ice to the shaker.
- Add the rum, pomegranate juice, fresh clementine juice, lemon juice and honey.
- Shake all liquids until they’re perfectly mixed.
- Pour the cocktail into a rocks glass.
- Top with Served Lime Hard Seltzer.
- Garnish with fresh cinnamon.
Your new, boozy and fizzy rum hard seltzer is ready! It’s fresh and complex with a subtle richness and spice and contains only 140 calories. So you can enjoy it without guilt.
Ready for an explosion of happiness on your tastebuds?
What’s The Difference between White Rum & Dark Rum?
Served signature rum and hard seltzer cocktail tastes best when made with an aged, golden brown rum of your choice. In general, though, there are two main types of rum: white rum and dark rum.
White rum is smooth and subtle with a vibrant flavour. It ages in stainless steel casks for three months up to a year or so. Bartenders use white rum to make classic light cocktails like Pina Colada and Mojito.
Dark rum is bold, rich and sweet (or dry), with a complex flavour and mouthfeel. It takes its colour from the years spent in oak barrels. The more years in the oak, the darker the colour of the rum. Popular cocktails made with dark rum are the Dark ‘N’ Stormy and the Hurricane.
A recent trend among rum producers is the method of flavouring the spirits with tropical ingredients, like coconut, and other spices. The added flavour increases the rum’s sweetness, warmth, complexity and hit.
A Brief History Of Rum
Rum originated in India at around 350 BC. Locals used to ferment sugarcane juice to create drinks for medical purposes.
In the 14th century, Marco Polo and other explorers and colonists discovered this “good wine of sugar” and opened up trade routes to Africa and Europe. The exploration of new tropical islands in the Caribbean and South America revealed the perfect climate for growing sugarcane.
The popularity of rum went global with the discovery of Barbados in the early 1600s. The sugar barons of these exotic islands of the West Indies started exporting sugar and rum. Soon, they became some of the richest spirit producers in the world.
Forbes has reported a very interesting fact about rum: The British Navy was giving a half pint of rum to each sailor each day in 1655. With the approval of the British Navy, rum soon became a well-liked spirit across Europe and the US.
Top Five Reasons We Love Rum
Rum is the king of cocktails as it goes with anything and everything. Do you have some pineapple, pomegranate or lime juice in the fridge? It’ll take less than 5 minutes to whip up a fancy cocktail then!
Here are the 5 top reasons making is avid rum lovers:
1. A classic choice
Rum is one of the most classic and sophisticated spirits - and Ernest Hemingway’s favourite alcohol base for his much-loved mojito! So the next time you’re invited to a social event or date, catch the eye of the person you want to impress from the first minutes by ordering a rum on the rocks. A rum cocktail would also do the work though!
2. One of the most diverse spirits
Even though it’s crafted from one main ingredient - the exotic sugarcane - rum is one of the most versatile spirit categories. It’s produced in more than 80 countries with different methods, blending styles and ageing techniques. There is white, gold, navy, black, dark and premium aged varieties of rum. Whatever your taste, there’s definitely a rum for you.
3. An ideal gift idea
Invited to a party or special celebration? Impress the host with an elegant and classy bottle of rum. It doesn’t even have to be gift wrapped!
4. The perfect base for cocktails
The list of cocktails you can make with rum is endless. Mojito, Zombie, Hurricane, Dark ‘N’ Stormy, Mai Tai, Piña colada, Cuba Libre, Daiquiri, Pineapple caipirinha are some of the most popular options.
5. Elevate your dessert & make an impression!
Use your favourite rum to whip up sweet delights like rum truffles, rum cakes or a delicious rum tiramisu. If you fancy cool ice cream, combine this great spirit with raisins and vanilla custard base to make the hit recipe of the summer!