We are excited to announce that we have just launched our new cocktail menu here at Sirena Serena Boutique hotel! I thought what better way to celebrate than writing a little piece on Costa Rica’s most popular Ron (Rum), Ron Centenario. Ron Centenario is a Spanish style rum that is prepared and produced here in Costa Rica. It’s said to be the prefect blend of rain and trees encapsulating the spirit of Costa Rica!

With rum being the traditional liquor of Central America and the Caribbean it’s no wonder Ron Centenario has taken special measures to ensure it produces the highest quality of rum here in Costa Rica. They age their rum in oak barrels, just like a fine bourbon or scotch whiskey, with some of the most exquisite sugar cane found in the region. They take careful measures to ensure they choose the highest quality of cane by hand harvesting it from areas with volcanic and other mineral enriched soil.

Once harvested this cane is then carried to a trapiche, a mill made of wooden rollers, to extract the sweet, juicy nectar. From there, the nectar undergoes the fermentation process where special yeasts turn the raw sugar into alcohol. Upon completion of the fermentation process the alcohol undergoes the distillation process to remove impurities and other byproducts. Once distilled, the rum is poured into fine, white oak barrels to begin aging. This aging process gives the rum it’s color, depth and palate quality one searches for in a fine liquor.

The most common ages of Ron Centenario found in Costa Rican stores include 7, 9, 12, 20 & 25. I personally recommend a glass of Ron Centenario 25 on the rocks. For me, it’s the perfect blend of bitter and sweet. If on the rocks is a little too bold for your palate, it’s good to know that Ron Centenario goes great in a mojito or simply with a splash of coke. Make sure to try it out when you come to visit!

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