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There are so many different types of rum to enjoy and each one has its purpose, time and designated cocktail recipe. Whether you’re talking about dark rum, overproof rum, silver rum or gold rum, one thing remains certain: each rum is produced from either sugarcane or molasses, and more likely than not, from the Caribbean. 

Knowing this, we can dive into the ins and outs of one of our favorite types of rum: White rum – also known as silver or light rum. It is one of the most delectable types of rum and is at the heart and soul of some of your favorite tropical cocktails. 

What is White Rum?

White rum, also known as silver or light rum, is a type of rum made from sugarcane juice or molasses that is clear in color. 

  • On average, white rum is aged for up to two years and sometimes not at all! 
  • It is aged and filtered using charcoal, which removes color and impurities from the liquids. 
  • Unlike darker rums or overproof rums, white rum is generally aged in stainless steel caskets as opposed to wooden oak barrels. 

What Does White Rum Look Like?

Generally speaking, white rums have a translucent or crystal-clear appearance. They are often packaged in colorless glass bottles and can be found next to the dark, overproof and flavored rums in any liquor store. 

What Does White Rum Taste Like?

White rum tends to have an aromatic or subtle taste, lighter in pungency than dark or overproof rums. White or light rum is known for its subtleties and tasting notes of vanilla, citrus or tannin. Many describe it as floral or fruity, with an ABV of 37-43, depending on brand and blend. 

  • Whether a white rum is aged or not will affect the tasting notes. Unaged white rum tends to have a bit more of a crisp, citrusy or refreshing taste, compared to those aged up to two years. 
  • Additionally, rums made from sugarcane juice tend to have a grassier flavor compared to rums made from molasses. 

What’s The Nutritional Breakdown of White Rum?

While spirits of any sort should be consumed in moderation, knowing the nutritional information of your favorite alcohol (like white rum) will help steer your choices as you balance enjoying yourself and your favorite cocktails with maintaining weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. The following is a quick cheat sheet you can use from the USDA that breaks down nutritional information based off of one shot (1.5 ounces) of rum: 

  • Calories: 97 
  • Fat: 0 
  • Sodium: 0.42 
  • Carbohydrates: 0 
  • Sugars: 0 
  • Protein: 0 
  • Alcohol: 14g 


There truly is so much to learn and know about white rum and taking in these facts, just as you’d take in your cocktail, will help you become an expert on the subject and provides for a great pickup line, as well! 

What Does White Rum Mix Well With?

With a base like white rum, there are actually so many different juices and mixers you can add to create a uniquely fun and flavorful cocktail including: 

  • Tonic Water
  • Lime Juice & Lemon
  • Orange Juice
  • Coconut Water
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice 

What Are the Most Popular White Rum Cocktails?

If you’ve ever enjoyed a vacation or even a summer stay at home, you have likely had a white rum cocktail, even if you don’t remember it. To jog your memory, some of the most popular white rum cocktails are: 

  • Daiquiris 
  • Mojitos 
  • Hurricanes 
  • Piña Coladas
  • Cajun Lemonade 
  • Frozen Hula Hoops

What Does White Rum Smell Like? 

Funny enough, white rum is generally odorless. It is known to be a fairly clean spirit that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or with some of your favorite cocktails or mixers. 

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