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
Ready-to-drink cocktails from MyaBèl
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Hispaniola is one of the most mountainous islands in the
Kaskad Pichon (Cascade Pichon) is a stunning waterfall located in
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One hour east of the seaside city of Jacmel, the
Once a working sugar-cane plantation, Parc Historique de la Canne
About three hours north-east of Port-au-Prince, Lake Péligre is Haiti’s
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Looking for a weekend destination not far from Port-au-Prince? Set
High in the dense mountains just outside Port-au-Prince, you'll find
The delightful Peabody House is Haiti’s most famous example of
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