Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Pirates used to say that before Johnny Depp redefined the definition of pirate in his movies. I know pirates from Robert Lewis Stevenson’s book Treasure Island not from those loud monstrous movies. The source of pirates and the Caribbean spirit can be found on the island of Martinique where the plants grow to make a refined rum. Sugar cane has been harvested in the Caribbean for 4 centuries now.
They soon found a sticky byproduct of the process called Molasses that was distilled into Rum. It is amazing that people always found the time and money to produce fun things while the people were poor. So, the New England colonies brought Molasses to the American south where great desserts are know and rum drinks prevail. In order for it to be called rum view it has to be three years old. Rum is a distilled spirt made from sugar cane that can also be made from sugar cane juice or any other part of the sugar cane plant.
The founder of Bacardi rum is credited for developing a smooth consistant rum; the type Hemmingway popularized in his famous Dacaquiries. There was a good movie made recently with Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen about Hemmingway that drank himself through every book in every location. The giant vats at Bacardi hold 50,000 gallons of molasses where the yeast does its job fermenting the stuff.