We’ll have one “Death in the Afternoon,” but only if it is made with Whistler Rum.

What do you get when you add rum to history? A history lesson that makes sense. Finally.

So, with Heritage Day upon us, what better excuse to get randomly historical and share a few rum facts about historical figures?

Trust us. You need an excuse. Otherwise you’d be a person Googling “rum + dead presidents”. Try explaining that next time when your IT guy sees your search history.

John F. Kennedy (35th President of the United States)

John F. Kennedy was known to have been a Daiquiri man. He liked the classic ones, made with rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States)

When he went sailing, Roosevelt was known to enjoy Bermuda Rum Swizzles, which he made with dark rum, lime juice, orange juice, and falernum syrup.

Ernest Hemmingway (author)

A prodigious drinker, Hemingway invented many legendary cocktails during his life. The Hemingway Daiquiri, for instance, is a variation on the classic Daiquiri that he concocted himself, as well as the Death in the Afternoon, a combination of absinthe and champagne that he named for one of his books.

Lord Byron (poet & politician)

Lord Byron was quite poetic about rum in fact. In his own words: “There’s naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.” We agree, obviously.

Louis Stevenson (writer)

To sum it up, rum was his life and his favourite food. “It’s been meat and drink, and man and wife, to me.”

If you liked these random facts, great. We’ve taught you something. If not, here is our own twist on the classic Diaquiri that JFK loved so much. Give it a try and write your own history. For best results, make it with Whistler African Style Rum.

Before we say cheers – this blog post is not all we have for you. Those of you who know us, even just a little, know that we love a braai 🍖. We have something fun up our sleeves for Braai Day.

More to follow soon. Watch this space.

CHEERS!

Trevor

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