A taste of rum -- in drinks and at the table

  • by: Beth Dooley , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 3:07 PM

Rum is a true American spirit, roguish and complex. Some historians claim that it was Britain’s molasses embargo, not the tea tax, that sparked the American Revolution. Rum can be sipped neat, mixed in a cocktail or poured into a sweet fruit punch; in the kitchen it makes a mean marinade and a wonderful dessert sauce. This carefree spirit appeals to the pirate in all of us. Just a sip is a quick trip to the Virgin Islands, azure waters and a day on the beach. The best rums come from those sun-kissed countries in the Caribbean.

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