Sailing through Flavours: Unveiling the Captivating World of Rum

As the summer sun beckons us into our gardens there’s no better way to enjoy a refreshing cocktail than with a tropical Caribbean staple – rum! And when better to try your hand at some mixology than on the upcoming world rum day. Don’t worry if you’re not all familiar with rum or its cocktails – we’ve got you covered. Carry on reading to learn a little about the history of rum, and some of the best ways to enjoy it in one of our exquisite rum glassware products!

A little bit of history...

Rum for many of us bears connotations with the swashbuckling pirates of the Caribbean, which is actually where it originates from. From Jack sparrow to Captain Morgan, rum made a name for itself in the 17 th century when the lawless seas were awash with the spirit. However, you might not have known that it actually also played a large part in the royal navy. Due to the length of the voyages these ships would undertake it was hard to store water without it growing algae, and so to prevent this, rum was added to the water, leading to many of the shanties sung about drunkenness on the high seas as it became a staple in the diet of pirates and sailors alike!

Rum is made from sugarcane by-products, such as molasses or sugarcane juice, which are fermented and distilled. The aging process in oak barrels imparts distinct flavours and colours, ranging from light and delicate to rich and full-bodied. Whether you prefer the smoothness of a fine-aged rum or the punchy notes of a spiced variety, there’s a rum for every adventurous palate.

One concoction that pirates of the day came up with was called ‘Grog’, which was essentially a mix of rum, water, lime juice, and on occasion some sugar (if they were lucky). Such was the love for rum that it had a huge impact on the morale of pirates, with mutinies having occurred due to shortages! If this old cocktail piques your interest, then carry on reading for our modern twist on the recipe, along with some of our favourites.



  • 60ml Navy rum
  • 15ml Lime juice
  • 2 tsp demerara sugar
  • 45ml Water
  • 2 dash Angostura aromatic bitters
  • Shake all ingredients with ice and
    strain into a glass

Piña Colada


  • 50ml white rum

  • 50ml coconut cream

  • 100ml pineapple juice

  • Pineapple wedge (for garnish)

  • Ice cubes


  • Shake ingredients together with ice until smooth and frothy

  • Pour the mixture into a tall glass.

  • Garnish with a pineapple wedge

  • Serve with a straw and enjoy the tropical bliss!

Dark and Stormy


  • 50ml dark rum

  • 100ml ginger beer
  • 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 2 dash bitters

  • Lime wedge (for garnish)

  • Ice cubes


  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.

  • Add the dark rum and lime juice to the glass.

  • Stir gently to combine.

  • Top it off with ginger beer.

  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

  • Raise your glass and weather the storm with this classic Caribbean cocktail.

Rum Punch


  • 50ml light rum
  • 25ml dark rum
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 100ml pineapple juice
  • 50ml sugar syrup
  • Dash of grenadine
  • Lime wheel (for garnish)
  • Orange wheel (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes


  • Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  • Add the light rum, dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, sugar syrup and grenadine.
  • Shake well to mix all the ingredients.
  • Strain the cocktail into the glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel and orange wheel
  • Sip and savour the fruity sweetness of this delightful punch.

Mai Tai


  • 50ml dark rum
  • 25ml white rum
  • 25ml orange curaçao
  • 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tsp orgeat syrup
  • Pineapple wedge (for garnish)
  • Mint sprig (for garnish) Crushed ice


  • Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  • Add the dark rum, white rum, orange curaçao, lime juice, and orgeat syrup
  • .Shake vigorously until well chilled.

  • Fill a glass with crushed ice.

  • Strain the cocktail over the crushed ice.

  • Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a mint sprig.

  • Sip and transport yourself to a tropical paradise.

What better way to enjoy a drink than in one of our gorgeous glasses…

Rum Snifters

This pair of rum snifter glasses are perfect for sitting back and relaxing in style. Featuring our blown bowl design, these glasses are crafted especially for ensuring the taste and aroma of your favourite rum can beenjoyed and savoured. Any rum lover would be sure to appreciate these as agift and would be the perfect way to celebrate world rum day.

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Auris Rum

These small glasses are purposely designed for tasting smallersamples of rum. The wider base, along with the inside peak and increasedsurface area guide the complex aromas towards the drinker’s nose andmouth. There is also enough space for an ice cube too!

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Chatsworth Highball

These tall highball glasses feature our traditional Chatsworth design; however, we think the design suits these tropical cocktails perfectly! Great for any cocktail, these glasses also have slightly thicker walls making them super durable and long lasting. They make a great set for gifting as well thanks to the wide range of drinks they are suited to.

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Hurricane Cocktail Glasses

Great for any cocktail, but synonymous with a Piña Colada, our hurricane glasses are sure to get the summer spirit flowing as you sit back and relax in the garden with your favourite cocktail in hand.


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