Whether you call it light or silver, you need white rum in your life. It's a liquor cabinet staple and the base of some of the tastiest cocktails. So when and how should you drink it? Find out how to plan your next party with white rum cocktails.
What Is White Rum?
In the world of rum, white varieties are generally the youngest and aged for the shortest amount of time. Not all bottles of white rum are created the same, though. Some are wonderfully smooth and designed for mixing, while others are aged for a few years — which is what we say when someone asks our age — giving them added flavor and complexity.
You can take the rum out of the island, but you can't take the island out of the rum. Its nation of origin also has a big influence on its flavor. You'll get a hint of molasses from white rum from Spanish-speaking islands like Puerto Rico, and you'll taste sugarcane in bottles from French-speaking islands like Martinique.
How Is White Rum Different From Dark Rum?
They're both rum, so they're interchangeable, right? Sure, you can use both light and dark versions to mix cocktails. But white rum offers a light, sweet base that's easy to build upon. In contrast, dark rum has a more distinctive flavor that won't work for every drink. If you don't want the rich, bold and even oaky flavor of dark rum in your cocktail, reach for the bottle of white rum instead.
Popular White Rum Cocktails You Have to Try:
Put on your best Hawaiian shirt, stock up on festive cocktail umbrellas and mix these white rum drinks for your next beach bash or island-themed party: