[Ashley Strickland Special to CNN
Posted: 11:15 am EDT August 16, 2011
Updated: 11:26 am EDT August 16, 2011
(CNN) -- Start your engines for some rum-running - August 16 is National Rum Day!
Quench your thirst and partake in this sweet Caribbean spirit today. Made by distilling the byproducts of molasses and sugarcane, rum ends up the strong, silent type on the scale of alcoholic beverages.
The origins of the name "rum" are unclear and often disputed, but one thing everyone can agree on is that rum discovered its birthright on Caribbean sugarcane plantations in the 1600s. It soon became a favorite of pirates and the Navy; thirsty American colonials and the rest of the world soon followed.]