National Rum Day

N.C. is home to over a dozen different rums

North Carolina is home to around 40 distilleries, making hundreds of different spirits. There are at least nine distilleries making rum in the Old North State. National Rum Day is August 16, so here’s a list of some of the best rums our state has to offer:

Carolina Coast Silver Rum from Broadslab Distillery — Benson
Carolina Agricole Rum from Fair Game Beverage Co. — Pittsboro
Hazel 63 Rum from H&H Distillery — Asheville
Mother Earth Rum from Mother Earth Spirits — Kinston
Queen Charlotte’s Reserve from Muddy River Distillery — Belmont
Kill Devil Rum from Outer Banks Distilling — Manteo
Pamlico Rum from Scotts Point Distillery — Bath
Seven Jars Rum from Seven Jars Distillery — Charlotte
Table Rock Rum from South Mountain Distilling Company — Connelly Springs

If you want to celebrate National Rum Day without a glass, this recipe from Muddy River Distillery in Belmont provides a sweet alternative:


Muddy River Rum Cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix box
  • 1 Vanilla Pudding Mix box
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Rum (Queen Charlotte, Carolina Rum or Spiced Carolina Rum)

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup Rum (Queen Charlotte, Carolina Rum, Coconut or Spiced Carolina Rum)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Add cake mix and dry vanilla pudding mix together in a large bowl. Stir in four eggs, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup canola oil and 1/2 cup rum. Wisk until smooth. Grease Bundt pan and pour in mixture. Sprinkle nutmeg, cinnamon and nuts if desired. Bake for 35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Glaze: Melt one stick (1/2 cup) butter in a saucepan. Add 1/4 cup water and one cup sugar. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Turn off burner and add 3/4 cup rum. Stir and bring to a quick reboil. The glaze will still be thin.

Pour about 1/3 of the glaze over the bottom of the cake and let soak in for a few minutes. Flip the cake over and poke with a fork so the rum will have holes to run into. Drizzle the rest of the glaze over the top of the cake.