For a lot of people, the idea of drinking rum evokes visions of sitting poolside with a frozen daiquiri or splashy mojito in hand, or one of a sun soaked pirate taking a swig from a well-worn bottle. It’s an understandable cliche, as rum's rise to popularity is often associated with people of the Caribbean, who early on adopted it as a refreshing drink to beat the summer heat (and yes, rum is complicated
National Rum Day is Wednesday, Aug. 16, which is still in the midst of the summer swelter here in Florida and a far cry from the few blissful months of relief we’ll get towards the end of the year. There are plenty of bars in the Tampa Bay area to indulge in a rummy tiki drink
or high-end rum cocktail, but a fun and more inventive approach to drinking the spirit is to check out one of the area’s distilleries.
If you’re afraid you’re too much of a rum novice to enjoy the distillery experience, you may be surprised to find that these modern facilities offer a welcoming and informative approach for any level of consumer. Most will provide samples and tasting flights, and some even offer a facility tour if you reserve your spot in advance, so check their individual websites for details.