As a beginning bartender, having a good understanding of the history of the liquors you will be serving to customers is very helpful. Not only are you now a great bartender but really understand the story behind all the drinks. This will make you a favorite, and make a big difference in your tips. While learning to become a bartender, do your best to take notes and research the liquors you will have behind the bar.
Here is a brief history on rum.
Rum is a spirit distilled from sugar cane, or sugar cane by-products. Since the natural sugar content is so high, no malts are used. Light rum is usually distilled at the very high proof range of 170 to 190 proof. Distilled water is then added to bring the proof down to 80 to 90 proof. This high proof produces a very light, dry alcohol which requires little aging.
Dark rums are distilled at a much lower proof which allows the rum to keep more of its flavor and color. Light rums are aged in plain oak barrels, whereas dark rums are aged in charred oak barrels, similar to bourbons. Puerto Rican law requires one year of aging for white rums and three years for gold rums. Dark rums have caramel added to intensify the color.
Because rums are made from sugar can, you will find them produced mostly in the Caribbean. The Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and British Colonies, are the largest producers of rum today. Wherever you travel the tropics, you will find rum drinks abound.
Rum was made popular when an American mining engineer in Cuba Combined rum, lime juice, water and sugar to produce a mixed drink. He named it after the copper mine in Daiquiri. Hence the daiquiri was born.
Some of the most popular well rum liquors include Castillo, Ronrico, Barton, and Heaven Hill.
Some of the most popular call brands or rum include Bacardi silver, Bacardi dark, Bacardi black, pusser’s rum, C.J. Wray, Stubbs, Myers Dark Rum, Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, and Appleton Estates.
Some of the most popular Premium rum brands include Mount Gay, Bacardi Anejo, Cockspur 8 year, Green Label 15 year, and green label 25 year.
This basic knowledge of rum and rum history will give you great knowledge to share with the interested customer. Customers appreciate that you take pride in your job and know the history of the liquors and drinks that you are serving.