Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses, or directly from sugarcane juice, by a process of fermentation and distillation and then usually aged in oak barrels. Rums are produced in various grades. Light rums are commonly used in cocktails and dark rums are typically consumed straight or neat.
Rum plays a part in the culture of most islands of the West Indies as well as in the The Maritimes and Newfoundland. This beverage has famous associations with the Royal Navy (where it was mixed with water or beer to make grog) and piracy (where it was consumed as bumbo). Rum has also served as a popular medium of economic exchange, used to help fund enterprises such as slavery, and military insurgencies (e.g., the American Revolution and Australia's Rum Rebellion).