The name of this spirit derives from the English "rumbullion" (riot, tumult) and probably refers to excessive consumption thereof. It is obtained from molasses of sugar cane, more rarely from fresh sugar cane juice. The so-called "rumbullion" is distilled from sugar beet molasses. The alcohol content is zum. 37.5% vol; a high percentage rum with zum. 57.15% vol is called "Overproof Rum"
Exactly where the first rum was produced is unknown, the most likely origin is the former British colony of Barbados. Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), Cuba and Brazil are also mentioned. In any case, it originated as a waste product of sugar cane cultivation. One of the biggest producers is the beverage multinational Bacardi-Martini Limited. Rum is an extremely popular ingredient of many cocktails, as well as other alcoholic mixed drinks such as Feuerzangenbowle, mulled wine and grog.