Rum is nothing more than sugar cane juice that is distilled into an alcohol product. Since the introduction of the sugar cane plant to the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the alcoholic by-product has become a popular item all across the western hemisphere. In fact, the Rum Sling, which consists of rum, sugar, water and lemon juice, dates back to the Colonial era, thus making it the first popular cocktail of the new American republic. Today, the enjoyable liquor comes in different shades (light, gold and dark) and is sometimes mixed with spices during the fermentation process. It is also the title of a new movie starring Johnny Depp.
Though The Rum Diary is the name of a Hunter Thompson novel first published in 1998,the actual story takes place in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1960. The liquor soaked tale features a young Thompson, who travels to the island to work for a newspaper. The movie, which besides Johnny Depp, stars Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Jenkins. The screenplay was penned by Bruce Robinson, who is also the director. Though the release date is not until October 28 (2011), the official trailer is out and can be viewed online. Parts of the movie were filmed in Puerto Rico, as well as Mexico and Hollywood. Though I can’t say I’m very fond of the poster, the trailer looks interesting and I eagerly await this latest release from Hunter Thompson, who, unfortunately died five years ago in a successful suicide attempt.