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“Let us candidly admit that there are shameful blemishes on the American past, of which the worst by far is rum. Nevertheless, we have improved man's lot and enriched his civilization with rye, bourbon and the Martini cocktail. In all history has any other nation done so much?”
Bernard De Voto (1897-1955)
American writer and critic.
“WINE, n. Fermented grape-juice known to the Women's Christian Union as 'liquor,' sometimes as 'rum.' Wine, madam, is God's next best gift to man.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
'The Devil's Dictionary' (1911)
“Rum and Coca-Cola is, by any measure, a drink of inspired blandness, with its two main ingredients both plentiful and cheap. It requires few if any skills to prepare.”
Wayne Curtis, ‘Rum and Coca-Cola’
‘The American Scholar’ (Summer 2006)
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