The New Rum

The New Rum: A Modern Guide to the Spirit of the Americas

Nine countries, forty producers, and ten classic cocktails

Rum, traditionally relegated to cloying cocktails or tropical- themed novelty drinks, is undergoing a global renaissance. In bars and distilleries across the world, rum is being defined as a dynamic, complex, and versatile drink. New to the scene of connoisseurship, rum is a spirit of possibilities, inviting imaginative bartenders and mixologists to leave their marks on this burgeoning movement.

In The New Rum, award- winning drinks author Bryce T. Bauer charts the historical and cultural journey of the spirit of the Americas from its origins in the Caribbean, to its long- held status as a cheap vacation drink, to today’s inspiring craft revival. This rum-spiked travelogue also includes a producer- focused drinks guide, covering dozens of the world’s most innovative and iconic producers, making everything from Martinique rhum agricole to long-aged sippers from Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

What Others Are Saying:

“Fast and funny, this offering is like a craft cocktail—delightfully conceived and executed.”

—Publishers Weekly

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“If the whiskey boom (and its booming prices) is driving you toward some other brown liquor, Bryce T. Bauer’s The New Rum belongs in your suitcase.”

—Bruce Collier, Beachcomber

“Bauer’s style is light and humorous and not only covers the basics but includes plenty of nerdy rum details that will keep the true rum geek reading.”

Mike Kunetka, Got Rum?

© 2014 Bryce T Bauer