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National Rum Day

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Cuba libre with Black Mountain Rum.

National Rum Day

On August 16th, pass the rum around because it is National Rum Day. Rum, in our opinion, is one of the best spirits to mix to create a cocktail. The island liquor has a long and deep history that many people don’t know about. To celebrate this year, let’s learn a little about the history of rum.

Back in the 1620s, Caribbean sugar cane slaves discovered that molasses was a byproduct of sugar refining that could be fermented into alcohol. For years, molasses was a waste product until it was found it could be distilled. Rum became, not only a commodity for trade, but also a ration on the ships delivering the product. Eventually, by 1705, after years of creating rum, Mount Gay was born. Mount gay is the oldest-existing rum company in the world established in Barbados. Although rum is the drink of choice for sailors and pirates, it has become the third most popular spirit in the United States. Here are some cocktails you can make with the Old Tennessee Rums. 

Thunder Road Renegade Rum

“True to its roots, Renegade is a legend in and of itself. A ‘Best in Class’ from the acclaimed SIP awards says we’re not wrong.”

92 Proof 46% Alcohol by Volume

Renegade Strawberry Mojito Recipe

Cal F. Johnson Black Mountain Rum

“Made right here in Tennessee from select molasses, this full-bodied rum honors the life and legacy of a man born into slavery, who became one of the most successful men of his time.”

84 Proof 42% Alcohol by Volume

Cal F. Johnson Cuba Libre Recipe

Thunder Road Coconut Flavored Rum

“A vacation in a bottle, our artisan coconut rum has a nice, toasted coconut aroma and taste, and is perfect for mixing, sipping, and getting away from it all.”

60 Proof 30% Alcohol by Volume

Thunder Road Mai Tai Recipe

Celebrate National Rum Day by coming into Old Tennessee Distilling Company and taste-testing some of our rums! We have tons of knowledge of the Caribbean spirit, and we would love to help you out. Post your National Rum Day celebrations and tag us on our social media accounts!


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100 PROOF / 50% ALC BY VOL.