Who doesnat love a day dedicated to Rum?

I know I do!

And you don’t need to wait until your next vacation to drink, responsibly of course, copious amounts of refreshing rum cocktails; since today, August 16 is National Rum Day!

Now, rum has been associated with Pirates for as long as I can remember and even though it is one of the oldest spirits ever created, making up more than half of the world’s most commonly ordered cocktails (piña colada, mai tai, cuba libre), Pirates drank mainly Spanish wine. However, I’m not opposed to “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Rum” originally from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island in 1883 that started the association of Pirates and rum.  

Today, the good news is that there are plenty of good rums, old and new to go around. So, whether you’re enjoying the Caribbean spirit in a punch, neat or as the key ingredient in a cocktail, rum is the perfect go-to drink as the summer months wind down.

Here are a handful of delicious rum-spiked cocktails recipes to get your patrons excited about National Rum Day:


Port Royal Punch (Serves 25)
Courtesy of Captain Morgan

2 46-oz. cans of pineapple juice
3 cups mango juice
1 750 mL bottle of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
4.5 oz. grenadine
3 oranges sliced thinly and quartered
3 cans of Sprite for fizz

Port Royal Rum Punch
In a punch bowl or large serving vessel, add the above ingredients and stir. Serve over ice in a punch glass – or glass of your choosing.

Black & Ginger Tea
Created by Owl’s Brew

3 oz. Ginger Tisane (tea base)
1 oz. Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
1 Tablespoon agave nectar (or sweetener of choice)
1/4 oz. lemon juice

Black Ginger Tea
Brew tea base or tea bag in 6-8 oz. of water. Brew hot for four minutes and flash-chill, or cold for one hour. Shake with Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, sweetener and lemon juice, and pour into rocks glass over ice.

Cali Daiquiri
Courtesy of Caliche Rum

2 oz. Caliche Rum
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz. Agave Nectar
1 Fresh Strawberry

Cali Daiquiri
In a shaker, combine all ingredients, then lightly muddle the strawberry. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass and garnish with a strawberry.

Milestone Mojito
Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist

1½ oz. Shellback Spiced Rum
1 oz. house made ginger syrup
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
12-14 fresh mint leaves
1/2 clementine, quartered
Chilled soda water
Milestone Mojito
In a highball glass, lightly muddle lime juice, ginger syrup, clementine and mint leaves. Add crushed ice and Shellback Spiced rum. Stir until outside of glass begins to frost. Top with chilled soda water. Garnish with mint sprig.



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