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Old 01-06-2008, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Rum: The Exotic Story of the Drink That Changed the World by Charles A. Couluombe

Received this book for Christmas. One of the chapter headings is "Rum and Coca-Cola: A Symbol of Exotic Sophistication." It is interesting that this drink was once considered exotic and sophisticated. It seems most consider it quite plebeian these days.

I will confess my first introduction to rum was via the glorified rum and Coke, i.e. the Cuba Libre. The lime does make a big difference and I do use Coke made with cane syrup, but it's still just rum and Coke. It's not a bad drink, but it also isn't one that you would make if you want to taste your rum.

All that said, it is interesting to observe how much tastes change as well as how things are perceived. Regardless, there is one constant: rum. Three cheers for this wonderful spirit.
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