It is no coincidence that National Rum Day lands on August 16. Unlike bourbon, vodka, sherry or gin, we associate rum most with summer. Rum pairs perfectly with backyard parties and beach bumming. Isn’t it true that rum tastes best when not wearing shoes? When sipped during daylight hours? The smell of sun tan lotion? That's rum! With this in mind we’ve pulled together some of our favorite stories dedicated to rum, including a buying guide, recipes and nerdy stories about how it’s made. Those are for you stuck at work. And if you’re reading this while on vacation, may you mix yourself a nice mojito, you bastard.