Rum Stories and Rum Tastings

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Blueberry Lemon Rum Punch


Rum stories and Rum Tastings

Rum stories and rum tastings were on the agenda when we visited the Mercure Stuttgart City Center Hotel. We spent two days in the capital of Baden-Württemberg at the tourism fair CMT. The hotel invited us for two days and introduced us to its latest bar delicacies – rum and a whole range of delicious rum cocktails. I can tell you, we have rarely experienced a more enjoyable stay in a hotel bar. And it wasn't (only) because of the alcohol. Although the Cocktails delicious and full of imagination. Deliciously simple. What makes a visit to the bar so unforgettable for us are the

Rum stories from the Mercure Stuttgart City Center

By the way, I mean the title of this article as ambiguous as it sounds. Head chef Christian Heide and office manager Dennis Schmitt turned out to be true borns of rum stories. It wasn't easy to find the perfect rums for her new cocktail menu. This is under the motto "Everyone makes gin, we make rum".



Rum or Honor by Carsten Sebastian Henn

Carsten Sebastian Henn proves in his culinary crime novel Rum or Honor that there are not only rum stories to be told in Stuttgart. With this thriller, he succeeded in creating a delicious cabinet piece with a lot of criminalistic humor. Rum plays the leading role in it. Just like Martin Störtebäcker, who prefers to be called the "Captain", although he doesn't like the sea at all. But he's not allowed to say that. Because he earns his living with children's birthday parties, where he appears as a one-legged pirate.

Murder hunt on Rum Island Jamaica

When his best friend Lasse dies, Lasse orders him to travel to Jamaica to look for his missing brother. There he not only finds an unknown niece and a new blended family, but also gets caught in a game of cat and mouse with his brother's killer. In any case, this is a crime novel that I read with great pleasure. Maybe you like it too?
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Rum cocktail
Rum Stories and Rum Tastings


So what did the two of them do? They started searching Google for types of rum. They presented these to the bartender at the Hotel Mercure Stuttgart City Center. After all, they didn't want to serve the hotel's guests any run-of-the-mill cocktails, but instead created their own. This was followed by the creative phase of the project. Rums from the Caribbean, the Philippines and even Mauritius were combined with everything possible. Fruit juices as well as liqueurs.


A typical rum cocktail - the Planter's Punch

While there are quite a number of rum cocktails that are world famous. Cuba Libre, Mojito and Pina Colada are among them. But hardly any is as typical as the Planter's Punch, the punch of the planters. It is best to use real Caribbean rum for this dark rum from Jamaica*. The cocktail is very easy to make and tastes deliciously of Caribbean fruitiness.


  • 6 cl dark rum
  • 4 cl orange juice
  • 3 cl lemon juice
  • 1 cl grenadine
  • 1 cl sugar syrup
  • 1 lemon or orange slice.

Put the rum in one with all the ingredients cocktail shaker*. Add ice and shake well. Then pour the Planter's Punch into the glass over ice cubes. You can decorate the cocktail with a lemon or orange slice.

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Rum creations

We tried two of these creations: Schwarzbier, which has nothing to do with beer. It contains cassis in addition to rum. We were not allowed to find out more. A men's cocktail, as Christian Heide assured us. Therefore, Tom got from Travel Stories Travel Blog and Petar got to taste this. Both liked the cocktail, but I have to admit, I would not have said no to a glass of it either.


dark beer
"Black beer"


Even better, however, was the drink that Christian Heide recommends for ladies. Sabine from Travelstories Reiseblog and I followed his advice and tasted a Rumki Bam. It was a cocktail of rum with cherry, banana and mango. Simply delicious. Katja from Well Spa Portal however, chose an orito made from white rum with orange juice and cane sugar. A pure citrus delight. Laura from SavoredSips recommends a Pineapple Rum Runner.


What there is to know about rum and rum cocktails

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Rumki Bam
Rumki Bam


The search for the right cola in the Mercure Stuttgart City Center

But what do you most often mix with rum? Of course Cola. Who hasn't tried Cuba Libre? I am convinced that there are only a few people like this. For me, Cuba Libre is part of my youth. My go-to drink when I think back to my teenage years. Of course, this also belongs on a cocktail menu with rum. However, the bartender, the chef and the office manager at the Mercure Stuttgart City Center wanted to present their guests something more than the usual Cuba Libre. And so the second search for the right cola began.


Rum cocktails and rum selection
Rum cocktails and rum selection


I find that even more exciting than the search for the perfect rum. Therefore, we were allowed to taste all the cola varieties, that are available for Cuba Libres at the Mercure Stuttgart City Center. For example, did you know that there is white coke? Or a coke that tastes like citrus? And no, this is not Spezi.


The bar at the Mercure Stuttgart City Center
The bar at the Mercure Stuttgart City Center


However, I found the “Curiosity Cola” to be the tastiest. This is a real feast for the palate. It tastes a little like Lackritz. But the spices in it have an even more intense effect. They ensure that this cola feels like Christmas on the palate. I could taste cinnamon. But nothing more. Even if this cola is the most expensive in the range - don't miss it. The eight euros fifty that the bottle costs is worth every cent.

Our conclusion: a visit at the bar of the Mercure Stuttgart City Center is a Must

So if you are ever in Stuttgart, we recommend a visit to the bar of the Mercure Stuttgart City Center Hotel. At least try one of these delicious rum cocktails! It is worth it! It's already on our to-do list for our next trip to Stuttgart.


Time to relax room in the Mercure Stuttgart City Center
Time to relax room


Stay overnight at the Mercure Stuttgart City Center

Of course you can also stay overnight in the hotel. By the way, there's a treat there too! The four #MyRoom rooms! These are rooms that hotel employees were allowed to design. Just the way you like it. Each of us was accommodated in a different #MyRoom room. Sabine and Tom's room had a maritime theme, in Katja's room you could hang out in the hammock and we had the "Time to Relax" room, where we were able to relax under a calming picture with a view of a quiet lake. The fourth #MyRoom room has the motto “Charm'In”. This is also about relaxing. It was designed by Fatma, whose personal highlight is the rainforest shower in the bathroom.


Under this picture you can sleep well in the Mercure Stuttgart City Center
It's sleeping well under this picture


If you want to stay in one of these rooms, it is best to ask for it at the time of reservation. Thus you can turn the stay in Stuttgart into a special experience.

If you want to explore Stuttgart culinary, there are appropriate guides


Travel Arrangements:

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Getting to the Mercure Stuttgart City Center:

Arrival by plane, bus or train*. Stuttgart has its own airport. It is also possible to travel to Stuttgart by train. Long-distance buses also go to Stuttgart. From there you can rent a car.

Rental car to Mercure Stuttgart City Center:

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Heilbronner Str. 88
70191 Stuttgart

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Source: on-site research. We were invited to this trip by Accor Hotels. However, our opinions remain our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Rum Stories and Rum Tastings

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

16 thoughts too "Rum Stories and Rum Tastings"

  1. For all shopping fans. The Milaneo shopping center is within sight of the hotel. From the nearby main train station you can easily get through the city by S-Bahn and tram. There is also a day ticket for a day of free travel. We recommend!

  2. Hello you two,

    very nice report. I am originally from Esslingen and if I should be back in Stuttgart I will pay a visit to the bar, but only for Cola Tasting;)

    Best regards,

    1. Dear Julia,

      yes, the cola tasting was something special. I did not know that there are so many different colas. The taste is very different.

      Best regards,

  3. I always think it's great when someone really thinks about what they want to offer their guests, not just doing what everyone is doing or because it's just “in”. Although rum (after gin) wants to become the new big hype. The two have already recognized this.
    Can one also as a non-hotel guest in the bar?

    1. Dear Antje,

      yes, the bar is open to everyone. By the way, you can easily reach them on foot from the train station.

      Best regards,

  4. Hi monika,
    I've already followed that through Instagram; Great, what you did and drank! I like rum, especially really old rums that you rarely get. In Honduras I was recommended near the harbor a small shop, which had the best rum I have drunk so far. But I also had good ones in Asia; they can really make good rum, there is enough sugarcane. I do not mix old rums that taste pure. Otherwise I like mixed drinks. I'll try rum and cassis.
    Best regards,

    1. Hello Barbara,

      We also like rum very much. I think he has something exotic about him. For rum, however, I always think of the Caribbean. It did not even come to my mind until recently that he could come from other regions of the world.

      Best regards,

    1. Hello dear Katja,

      The rum tasting we stretch then just on several visits: D It is definitely worth it, and I'm curious what the bartender comes up with until then.

      Best regards,

    1. Hello Sabine,

      yes, I also liked the cola tasting. For the Rum Tastings we have to visit the bar more often, right?

      Best regards,

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