A barrel of rum on board - not quite as practical for your own yacht, but all the more so on the freighters of the past
Nobody really wants to know why "Rum Day" is celebrated in the Anglo-Saxon-speaking area today. What is certain, however, is that rum has been as firmly linked to seafaring as wind and waves have been to the weather for centuries - and that August 16 can be an occasion for many sailors and non-sailors to devote themselves to the high-proof in all its variations. Be it Mojito, CubLibre or good rum pure.
If the bottle full of rum is hard to imagine today in the drink bar - more or less successful maneuvers want to be watered after all and letting Rasmus peek into the tube shouldn't be good - the molasses schnapps once found its way on board for a more pragmatic reason: Beer and wine could not be stored so well and for a long time.
On board Her Majesty's English ships, which sailed between Europe and America in the 17th century, it was part of the daily consumption of the crew. This is how she should be kept happy and her morale upright. One of the many rum classics was invented back then, practically out of necessity: many seafarers saved their daily ration (the information about how much it was, the details differ) in order to drink it later in one go. The ship's command finally wanted to counteract this unhealthy and sustainable approach by letting the rum dilute with water. Grog was born. The addition of sugar and lemon juice also promoted taste and resistance to scurvy and gave the British sailors their nickname "Limeys" - freely translated as "citronis".
Good rum can be enjoyed pure or as a mix in a thousand variations
If the coordinated drunkenness of the Royal Navy was abolished on July 31, 1970, a good (sometimes less good) rum is still very popular in international sailing circles. Entire events are dedicated to him or sponsored by rum manufacturers. Just a few examples are the Mount Gay Barbados Race in the Caribbean, the HavanClub Rum Regatta series in New Zealand or simply the Rum Regattin Flensburg, the city that looks back on successful trading days. In addition, "rum tastings" are currently enjoying great popularity throughout the republic. Falk Redlich, rum expert, rum seller and rum book author, cannot see a trend among the hundreds of existing rum types and mixed rum beverages, but he can see the trend towards "more rum. Currently, for example, many whiskey drinkers are discovering rum for themselves", says Redlich.
If you want to enjoy it in the spirit of seafaring romance, you can grab the bottle with the label "Tres Hombres" - the rum for the salty soul that has an ocean in its wake. With the freighter of the same name, he is still being shipped from the Caribbean to Europe on week-long trips. If you don't hear the bars groan when you open the bottle, you should really take a deep sip.
In this sense, today is probably one of the best days for sailing around, surfing around or just drinking rum. Johoho and a bottle of rum …