CARIB | Aug 16, 2022

How we drink rum in the Caribbean

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

Glass of Rum and Lime. (Photo:

Rum is an alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane that is popular in the Caribbean. It’s rooted in the history and culture of the region.

To commemorate National Rum Day, Our Today brings you some of the signature rums from across the region and their signature cocktails.

Jamaica – Appleton Estate and Wray and Nephew

These two brands are the more popular types in Jamaica, Appleton is usually chased with coke or sipped neat. Wray & Nephew is popularly mixed with Ting grapefruit soda or classically with coke.

St Vincent – Sunset and Water, Sunset and Coke

Sunset Rum. (Photo:

The self title (VERY STRONG RUM) is usually touted as the strongest rum in the world (85%). This is usually had with coke or in extreme cases with water and lime when the drinker means serious rum business.

Barbados – Mount Gay

Mount Gay Rum (Photo:

Barbados is the birthplace of rum and home to the oldest rum distillery in the world. Its usually enjoyed with ice and coke.

St Lucia – There are 3 signature brands on the island, The Chairman’s Reserve, Admiral Rodney and Bounty Rum

All three brands are commonly had neat, on the rocks or mixed with coke. Recently there’s a new popular mix in the island. A mix of Chairman’s Reserve and Campari bitters, or, as the locals call it, ‘Chaircom’.

Trinidad – White Oak and Sprite

White Oak Rum

White Oak is the most popular brand of Rum in Trinidad & Tobago and its commonly mixed with Sprite soda.

Don’t see your mix here? Tell us about it.

Tell us how you drink rum in your country in the comments below.


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