Rum is having a moment, and now is the perfect time to better acquaint yourself with the seafarer’s favourite, because August 2016 is the #SummerOfRum  

Young’s Pubs and Geronimo Inns are predicting a summer surge in popularity for this fun, flavoursome spirit with delicious white, dark and spiced varieties hailing from as far as the Philippines, so the two popular pub chains are rolling out pop-up Rum Shacks in venues like the Rose & Crown in Wimbledon (6 and 7 August) and The Castle in Tooting (13 and 14 August).

Drop by to savour the chilled out summer vibes while enjoying rum classics like cuba libres, mojitos and – the new favourite – rum and ginger ale.

For those looking to delve a little deeper into this smooth spirit, there will also be tastings sessions, full-on masterclasses for the seriously dedicated, and some casual fun and games. Some of the most renowned brands around have lent their talents to the line-up, including Jamaican Duppy Share, a 3-year-old blend of Barbadian and Jamaican rum, the dark and mysterious undertones of Kraken – named after the mythical sea monster of the deep and a whole host of other rums including Goslings, Sailor Jerry and Ron Zacapa.  

Duppy Share Rum Blending Masterclass
Explore the alluring world of Caribbean rums with Duppy Share – blend your very own bottle to take
home and enjoy a Dark and Stormy cocktail with ginger beer and a dash of crisp lime before sipping
your way through a flavour map between islands. Taking place at: Leman Street Tavern, Whitechapel (3 August); Duke on the Green, Parsons Green (4 August); The Canonbury, Islington (25 August). Tickets £15

An Evening with Gosling’s Black Seal
Hardcore fans of Gosling’s iconic tipple and rum novices alike will enjoy this informal tasting session
looking at the history of one of the oldest family-owned rum producers in the world. Sample different expressions of its Bermudian rum, and take home a gift of a stylised barrel glass and recreate their favourite rum-based thirst-quenchers at home. Taking place at: Duke of Clarence, Prince Alfred, Maida Vale (4 August); The Surprise, Chelsea (31 August). Tickets £15

Ron Zacapa Rum Masterclass
Seasoned aficionados will jump at the chance to spend an evening with the Ron Zacapa brand
ambassador for a welcome cocktail followed by in-depth insight into the history of rum production,
with a particular focus on ‘the solera process’ of blending, rounded off with a tasting session. An
absolute must for lovers of this Guatemalan elixir. Taking place at: The Plough, Battersea (17 August); John Salt, Islington (25 August). Tickets £15

Kraken Black Ink Society Masterclass
Those who like it feisty and spicy can get hands-on with a fully interactive cocktail making sesh,
learning how to make a total of three classic drinks while discovering the rich, dark notes of this
beast of a blend. All attendees will also be given a mason jar to take home with them. Taking place at Princess of Wales, Clapton (11 August); Leather Bottle, Earlsfield (17 August); Brewers Inn, Wandsworth (19 August). Tickets £15

Tickets are available from and and your local venue. Get social with the #SummerOfRum on your Twitter and Instagram. 

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