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What is rum? About the ingredient rum. Including 308 recipes with rum, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane by-products such as molasses and sugarcane juice by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak and other barrels.

Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas golden and dark rums are also appropriate for drinking straight, or for cooking. Premium rums are also available that are made to be consumed straight or with ice.

Dark Rum, also known as black rum or red rum, classes as a grade darker than gold rum. It is generally aged longer, in heavily charred barrels.

Dark rum has a much stronger flavor than either light or gold rum, and hints of spices can be detected, along with a strong molasses or caramel overtone. It is used to provide substance in rum drinks, as well as color. In addition to uses in mixed drinks, dark rum is the type of rum most commonly used in cooking.


Most rum produced is made from molasses. Within the Caribbean, much of this molasses is from Brazil. A notable exception is the French-speaking islands where sugarcane juice is the preferred base ingredient.

Aging and Blending

Many countries require that rum be aged for at least one year. This aging is commonly performed in used bourbon casks, but may also be performed in stainless steel tanks or other types of wooden casks. The aging process determines the coloring of the Rum. Rum that is aged in oak casks becomes dark, whereas Rum that is aged in stainless steel tanks remains virtually colorless.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 fl oz (27g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 62Calories from Fat 0
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 0.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Rum is usually found in the beverages section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Rum is a member of the Beverages USDA nutritional food group.

How much does rum weigh?

measure grams
1 fl oz 27
1 jigger 1.5 fl oz 42

In Chinese:朗姆酒
British (UK) term: Rum
en français:le rhum
en español:el ron

Recipes using rum

There are 290 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Auntie Lin's Pluto Coffee
Ayalla's Banana Bread
Best Oatmeal Pecan Pie
Chocolate Chip Rum Cake
Chocolate Cream Rum Balls
Chocolate Waffles
Chocolate Zucchini Rum Cake
Chocolate Zucchini Rum Cake (Healthier Version)
Christmas Plum Pudding
Creole Christmas Cake
Drunken Apple/Pumpkin Pie
English Berry Trifle

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