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8 Summer Drinks for National Rum Day

August 16th is National Rum Day and there’s no better excuse to mix up an ice-cold cocktail to cool off from this god-awful heat and celebrate!

8 Summer Drinks for National Rum Day

Backyard Lemonade

With its notes of vanilla, cinnamon and toffee, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is great base spirit for summer sips. Kick up your late summer barbecue with the Backyard Lemonade!


Recipe and image courtesy of Sailor Jerry rum.

  • 2 parts Sailor Jerry rum
  • 3 parts fresh squeezed lemonade

Combine ingredients with ice and stir.

Barbadian Rum Punch

In this gross heat, a refreshing rum cocktail, like the Barbadian Rum Punch listed below, will really hit the spot!

Recipe and image courtesy of Mount Gay Rum.

  • 1 Part lime juice
  • 2 Parts simple syrup
  • 3 Parts Mount Gay Black Barrel
  • 4 Parts water or unsweetened iced tea

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Black Diamond Swizzle

Created by Jane Danger, NYC. Recipe and image courtesy of Cruzan® Black Strap Rum.

  • 1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
  • 1/2 part Bitter Red Liqueur (like Campari)
  • 3/4 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 part Simple Syrup
  • 2 Fresh Strawberries

Muddle two strawberries in the bottom of a Belgian beer glass with the red bitter liqueur and fill with cracked or crushed ice. Then, in a cocktail shaker combine fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Whip and shake with no ice. Pour lime juice and cane mixture over ice, and fill again as needed. Gently float Cruzan® Black Strap Rum on top. Garnish with berries and lime.

Black Strap Belle

Created by Tiffanie Barriere, Atlanta. Recipe and image courtesy of Cruzan® Black Strap Rum.

  • 2 parts Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
  • 2 parts Coconut Water
  • 1 teaspoon Honey Syrup*
  • Squeeze of Half Fresh Lime
  • 6 dashes of Angostura® Bitters
  • Nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake well. Pour into a rocks or tiki glass over fresh crushed ice. Garnish with nutmeg.

*Honey Syrup: Combine equal parts honey and warm water. Shake/Stir to dissolve.

The Remedy

The Remedy is a play off the classic Painkiller, and uses a Chai rum to add a little more spice and depth to the drink, and is the signature drink of one of Southwest Florida’s newest Tiki Bars – Kane Tiki Bar and Grill, located at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.

Created by lead mixologist Juan Benito. Recipe and image courtesy of KaneTiki Bar and Grill.

  • 2 oz Smaks Chai Rum
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Coco Lopez

Combine all ingredients in tin and shake vigorously. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with whipped cream and shaved nutmeg.

Rum Old Fashioned

Recipe and image courtesy of Bacardi Rum.

  • 2 parts BACARDÍ 8 Años rum
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • 0.5 part water
  • Orange peel for garnish

In an Old-Fashioned glass, pour in the sugar, water and Angostura Bitters.  Combine everything with a bar spoon (or muddler), add the BACARDÍ 8 Años. Fill the glass 3/4 of the way with large ice cubes and stir repeatedly, around 10 stirs. Top with a little fresh ice. Cut a piece of orange peel and squeeze over the cocktail before dropping it into the drink.

Turtle Season ‘Lights Out’

What better way is there to celebrate National Rum Day than with a Tiki-inspired cocktail, which are usually all about the rum! The Turtle Season Lights Out, also from KaneTiki Bar and Grill, includes a mix of rums, coconut liqueur, juices, and is topped off with a house-made grenadine.

Created by lead mixologist Juan Benito. Recipe and image courtesy of KaneTiki Bar and Grill.

  • .5 oz Flor De Canya 5yr
  • .5 oz Clemente Coconut
  • .5 oz Bacardi Select
  • .5 oz Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz Grenadine
  • 1 oz Coco Lopez

Combine all ingredients in tin and shake vigorously. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish.

Willie Juancho and The Chocolate Factory

Not feeling the Tiki or the punch? Take a well deserved “coffee break” and coat your palate with the chocolate, coffee and rum notes in this celebratory cocktail.

Recipe and image courtesy of Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva.

  • 1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
  • .5 oz Dark Creme de cacao
  • Instant coffee
  • Lime

Prepare snifter glass. Stir Diplomático and Crème de Cacao.  Wet the rim of a snifter glass with lime and dip in instant coffee.  Pour in prepared snifter glass.


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