Rum is big in Haiti - Here's what to drink
Poolside rum in Jacmel, Haiti
Photo: Amanacer / Emily Bauman
While Barbadians are said to have invented modern rum...
...we think it’s the Haitians who perfected it.
The precursors of rum date back to antiquity. Fermented drinks made from sugarcane juice are believed to have been developed first in ancient China or India before spreading from there.
The first modern rum was distilled in the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean in the seventeenth century. Plantation slaves discovered that molasses, a by-product of the process of refining sugar from sugarcane, fermented into alcohol. While rum is said to have been invented in Barbados in the early 1600s, the first sugar mills in the Caribbean were established on Hispaniola in 1516, so the concept would have been able to quickly spread throughout what is now known as Haiti.
Here are five tipples to try while vacationing in Haiti.
Kleren vendor in Jérémie
Photo: Franck Fontain
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