Mention rum and it conjures up visions of swaying palm trees on white sandy Caribbean beaches. There's probably a pirate sailing ship gliding past, as well. There's a good reason for this romantic tropical image. Rum is made from sugar, and is traditionally produced where cane sugar is grown, and that's in warmer, tropical climates Because of this tropical connection, rum-based cocktails often include tropical fruits or fruit juices. Pineapples, bananas and limes also play an important role in many rum cocktails. Rum Cocktails provides recipes for 33 classic and modern cocktails and mixed drinks made from rum, together with a brief look at the history and lore of the spirit and essential information on glasses, mixing, garnishing and serving.