in New England and was produced there as well. The Rum Sling, made of rum, sugar, water and lemon juice, is considered to be the first American cocktail.Co stco is proud to introduce Kirkland Signature™ Original Spiced Rum, available in select warehouses in states that allow retail liquor sales. (To find out about your local Costco, go to
and search “spirit locator.”) Distilled five times on the island of St. Croix, it’s blended with natural flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and clove, then bottled at 92 proof to achieve a complex balance of taste and flavor.Th is impeccably balanced rum is medium amber in color and features toasted oak with rich notes of vanilla, butter, oak and cinnamon, with a long, semisweet finish of winter spice, toffee and black pepper. Try this rum neat or on ice, as an aperitif or after dinner, or mix it with cola for a classic cocktail.
Romar Nichols is a Costco buyer for spirits.
A fine rum from Costco
By Romar Nichols
IF RUM EVOKES images of ancient sailing ships and warm Caribbean evenings, there’s good reason. This fine spirit has its roots in 17th century British colonies on the islands of Barbados and Martinique.Th ere, early colonists found an ideal climate for growing sugar cane, and sugar production quickly spread around the islands. In the process of making sugar, the mills crushed the canes and extracted juice from them. After extraction, the juice was boiled to inhibit the formation of sugar crys- tals. The residual juice, a sticky syrup loaded with sugar, was called
, the Spanish word for honey); in English, this became “molasses.” Sugar mill operators soon noticed that when molasses was mixed with water and left out in the sun it would ferment. Before long this former waste product was being distilled into a spirit.Th e first rum was produced in Barbados, Brazil and Jamaica. By the late 1700s rum was being made throughout the Caribbean and South America. It soon became popular
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