Best Rum Books - Essential Reads for Rum Lovers

Looking for the best rum books to get your teeth into? You’ve come to the right place. Here are 5 of the best books available if you’re looking to learn more about the subject of rum, whether that be making it, learning the history, or simply becoming the cocktail maker of the party.


1. Rum The Manual

This is by far the best rum book if you’re new to the subject and looking to learn more about all things rum. Written by spirit enthusiast Dave Broom, Rum The Manual covers everything from mythical legends and history, through to how to drink our favourite spirit and what each popular brand of rum should be mixed with. Overall it provides an excellent overview of the subject and achieves its objective of helping the reader appreciate the complex tastes of rum. The book features overviews and reviews of over 100 brands from around the globe, across all types of rum. Despite Dave Broom clearly being a rum connoisseur, it was refreshing to see some of the more modestly priced rums included in the book. – A must read for every rum lover.


2. The Joys of Home Distilling

OK, so it’s not entirely a rum book, but it’s by far the best book available if you’re looking to learn more about how rum is made and potentially have a go yourself. The Joys of Home Distilling is the complete guide for beginner and intermediate distillers of rum. The book details every facet of the production process, from fermentation through to distilling and eventually ageing your homemade product. The book even includes recipes to follow in your mission to create your perfect homemade rum. Whether you’re looking to create your own or not, this book will provide you with a great insight into the process and make you appreciate our favourite spirit even more.


3. Rum: More Than 100 of the World’s Best Rums

This little book is an excellent insight into the many rums available on the market today. It covers more than 100 rums from the Caribbean, UK, US and other countries that are emerging as rum producers. Each page goes in-depth into the history of the rum and how best to drink it, proving to be an excellent addition to the bookcase. It’s often common for niche books to quickly go out-of-date, but not this one. A recent update includes all of the latest emerging craft rums too. Aside from its detailed reading, it’s also a very handy size to carry around.


4. The Curious Bartender’s Rum Revolution

If you’re looking for something different to the informational books previously recommended, The Curious Bartender’s Rum Revolution may be right up your street. Written by bestselling author and master mixologist Tristan Stephenson, this book explores the historic, humble beginnings of rum and how it has developed to become one of the hottest spirits in the world right now. It particularly focuses on the Royal Navy, and how rum was it’s lifeblood for many years. Rum is leading a drinking revolution and you can learn all about it in this book.


5. Rum: Shake, Muddle, Stir: Over 40 of the Best Cocktails for Serious Rum Lovers

Are you the designated cocktail mixmaster of the party? If so, then this is the book for you. Dust up your rum cocktail making skills with this complete guide of the 40 best cocktails for serious rum lovers. The guides are well laid out, easy-to-follow and contain all of the staple rum cocktails along with some exciting new mixes to test your skills. At only £4 for the hardcover, it’s an absolute steal and well worthy of a place on the bookshelf.

And there you have it, The Rum Guys guide to the best rum books available! I hope you enjoy reading them and feel free to comment below if there’s any that you think should be included in the list.


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