Rum is a type of alcoholic spirit made from sugar cane or its byproducts, such as molasses. It is distilled and aged in oak barrels, giving it a rich, smooth flavor profile with notes of vanilla, caramel, and tropical fruit. Rum can range from light and crisp, to dark and robust, depending on the aging process and the type of sugar cane used. It is most commonly associated with the Caribbean, but is also produced in other countries such as Mexico, Central America, and South America. Rum is often used in cocktails such as the Mai Tai, Daiquiri, and Pina Colada, and is also popular as an ingredient in baking and cooking. With its versatile flavor and history, rum continues to be a popular spirit worldwide.