NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Rum is a beverage that calls to mind tropical locations, relaxation and memories of good times. After all, the stuff goes into so many of those tropical, fruity drinks that we enjoy on cruises, at beaches and at barbecues.
Rum can actually trace its lineage back to ancient India and China, where the first fermented drinks made form sugarcane originated. Understandably, the drink then spread throughout the world until it surged in popularity in colonial America in the 1600s. The British established the first rum distillery in the American colonies on present-day Staten Island in 1664, and some estimates hold that the average rum consumption per person per year in the colonies before the American Revolution was 14 liters!
Eventually, rum became so popular that it was an integral part of the slave trade in the 18th century. Our first president, George Washington, even demanded he have a barrel of Barbados rum on hand at his inauguration in 1789.
But enough history. What you really want to know is how to use that bottle of rum in your liquor cabinet to its maximum potential. Don't worry, we're here for you. These 10 recipes will provide you with the best rum drinks for your party, vacation or even just for yourself.
Master these drinks and before you know it, you and your guests will quote Captain Jack Sparrow himself when you ask "But why is the rum gone?"
Rum Drink #10: Classic Daiquiri
The daiquiri is a basic rum drink that party hosts and bartenders should be able to make with no difficulty. It has only three ingredients, which makes it both cheap and easy to make. You'll need:
- 1 1/2 ounces light rum
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
Pour the three ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes and shake well. Simply strain the liquid into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim and you're all set! For flavored varieties, place these ingredients in a blender with some bananas, strawberries or other fruit and mix them on high until everything combines.