And, just as rum fuels Thompson's novel, it also kept the cast and crew of the movie going on those long, hot days in Puerto Rico. The movie's director, Bruce Robinson, who is also a recovering alcoholic, admits he even got caught up in the rum-infused shoot, but has since gotten back on the wagon.
For those hoping to recapture the days of Thompson's Puerto Rico, and get a taste of the best rum Puerto Rico has to offer, a tour of the Ron del Barrilito Distillery is a must-see.
For 100 years, the same family has made rum in the same location, which can be toured daily. Visitors will get a glimpse of the family villa, the cooperage and the production facility. Most tours are personally given by Don Fernando Fernandez, President of Ron del Barrilito, and a third generation family owner. The distillery, and a taste of Ron del Barrilito rum, is definitely worth the short drive to Bayamón, located just outside of San Juan.