Some rum is made from straight pressed sugarcane juice, although most rum is fermented and distilled from sugarcane byproducts such as molasses and sugarcane juice.
Commercial clear rums are usually bottled immediately, while colored rums are usually aged in oak and other barrels. The longer they are aged, the deeper the color and flavor.
Today rum is produced all over the West Indies and eastern South America and in smaller amounts throughout the Philippines, Mauritius, in the USA and Australia.
Some popular ways to drink rum are with cola and a lime squeeze (cubre libre), with tropical fruit juices, and with lime and fresh mint (as in the mojito.)