Spice World – Is rum the new gin?

Spiced rums have gained popularity over the past few years with more variants being available on the high street and in bars and restaurants, but what is it about the spirit that appeals to consumers and how does it compare to other types of rum?

A quick history of spiced rum

The first distillation of rum took place on the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean in the 17th Century.  Plantation slaves first discovered that molasses, a by-product of the sugar refining process, fermented into alcohol.  Soon blends, spices and fruits were added, using the best of the Caribbean flavours.

Rum and Fizz
Peaky Blinder Black Spiced Rum. Picture courtesy of Rum and Fizz in Cardiff

Who celebrates Christmas in July?

Me that’s who! The last couple of years, one of the highlights in my social calendar has been attending a Christmas in July event. I love celebrating the festive season, in my summer clothes, while digging into a Christmas in July menu, with festive drinks and entertainment. This year the venue was at Steinbeck and Shaw and PRYZM Cardiff, who got to showcase that they are more than just a nightclub.

Christams in July Pryzm Cardiff 2019
Christmas in July – tables set up in the main room in PRYZM Cardiff

The Gin to My Tonic – Gin Brunch in Cardiff

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, chances are you will have noticed that Gin is very much in style.  From Gin distillery tours to Gin tastings and even Gin and tonic tea bags – Gin is undeniably a firm favourite.

House 21 Cardiff Bloggers Gin and Juice fresh pressed juice
Brunch: Fresh Pressed Juices – Kiwi Kickstart Apple, Cucumber, Kiwi, Pear, Lime & Wheatgrass