HIDE the rum! Synonymous with sailors, pirates and the Caribbean – as well as booze-hounds on the trail for a mojito – rum’s good fortune stems from sugarcane juice and molasses which is distilled into a range of varieties.

This popular spirit can be crystal clear – white rum is for mixing and can be aged up to three years – and the golden ones are for sipping and savouring. Dark rum can be aged anywhere from three years to 21 (and more) and the heavy consistency likens it almost to a brandy.

In liquid history, this is the style Royal Navy sailors were issued with in their daily rum ration – a 300-year-old tradition which came to an end on July 31, 1970 – which is forever remembered as Black Tot Day.

Drinkers don’t need to mix in seafaring circles to enjoy the taste of Wood’s 100 Old Navy Rum, 57% abv (£19.76, 70cl, Sainsbury’s) produced from the finest demerara cane in Guyana, South America. It is the strongest dark rum on the market and the best way to enjoy the rich, spicy taste of Wood’s is in a shot glass. Or try this alternative mojito recipe for two.

l The Wood’s 100 mojito – 200ml Wood’s 100, 35ml lime juice, 3 fresh limes, 5 large mint sprigs, 80ml demerara sugar.

Muddle limes and mint leaves together before adding remaining ingredients. Add crushed ice and churn/mix and follow with more crushed ice. Serve in a Boston Tin with four straws for two people to share. Garnish with three big mint sprigs and three lime wheels.