History of Rum
First produced around 800 B.C.
in the East Indies, rum is bydefinition any alcoholicdistillation from the fermented juices of sugar cane, cane syrup or cane molasses, distilled at less than 190 proof. Columbus brought sugar cane cuttings to the Virgin Islands on his 1493 voyage.
By the Early 1600’s, the West Indies had become the major supplier of sugar cane and a major producer of sugar, molasses, and rum. Fortunes were made, battles were fought, and famous pirates imprisoned all in the name of “Rum”. For centuries, rum was produced by very crude methods. Cut by the hands of slaves, hauled to the factories by donkeys, crushed using the power of the windmills and boiled in huge iron bowls, it was shipped in barrels all over the world. The Caribbean became famous for its dark, pungent full-bodied distillated rum. The quality, proof, and taste could vary from vat to vat depending on many factors.
The growing of sugar cane was replaced on most islands by more economical crops. However the popularity of rum grew world-wide and consequently rum became a major export of the Caribbean. With the advent of Auntie’s Rum cakes, we are doing our part to continue the popularity of rum by making the Best, Authentic, Gourmet, Caribbean Rum Cake you have ever tasted!