Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made by a process of fermentation and distillation from sugarcane byproducts, like molasses for example. The liquid starts out clear, but gains a darker color after aging in oak barrels. This tasty liquor is made all over the world, but the majority of it is produced in the Caribbean and Latin America.
There are drinks dating back to antiquity that seem to be precursors to modern-day rum. The very first fermented drinks made by using sugarcane juice is believed to have been either in ancient India or China.
Stories say that the first distillation of rum happened on the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean in the 17th century. Slaves discovered that they could ferment the molasses into alcohol. Later on, as the distillation process was perfected, the alcohol was concentrated and the impurities were removed.
Depending on how the rum is prepared and aged, different types are produced. Here are a few that you are most likely to see when you head to the bar for a cocktail.
- Light Rum: This can also be called "silver" or "white" rum. It has a mild, light flavor and is used in many mixed cocktails. The rum's color is removed by filtering it after the aging process.
- Gold Rum: Medium-bodied rum that gains it's darker color from being aged in wooden barrels. The end flavor is influenced by the type of barrel it is aged in. It can also be referred to as "amber," and it has a stronger taste than light rum.
- Dark Rum: Still darker and stronger in flavor, dark rums are aged longer than the other two varieties above. Heavily charred barrels for aging give them their strong flavor.
- Overproof Rum: This type of rum has a much higher alcohol content than regular rums. 151 is a popular choice for a floater in our drinks.
- Spiced Rum: These are generally based on gold rums. Spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, allspice, ginger, black currant, pepper, and more can be used to add flavor.
- Flavored Rum: Fruits are used to infuse rum with flavors that make very tasty cocktails, but are also pretty good alone over ice.
Shorty Pants Lounge has a wide variety of rum drinks that pair perfectly with the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. These are a few of our most popular drinks, but if you have another favorite in mind and we have the right ingredients, our bartenders are more than happy to mix it up for you.
- Rum Runner
- Pina Colada
- Pain in the A** (Rum Runner & Pina Colada combined)
- Strawberry Daiquiri
- Miami Vice (Strawberry Daiquiri & Pina Colada combined)
- Lake Water
There is something so relaxing about sipping a delicious rum drink on a hot day while enjoying a gorgeous lake view. Our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant is the perfect place to do just that. When you're ready for a bit of rum and relaxation yourself, head on over to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. We'll take good care of you!
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