5 Great Cocktails that will Carry You Past National Rum Month
Here are some amazing rum brands and 5 great cocktails with a list of places where you can find them for Rum Month or anytime.
Ròm Bèrdè “Green Rum”
Sip it here: Located in the Otrobanda vicinity of Willemstad, Curaçao, Netto Bar is the home of the world famous Ròm Bèrdè (meaning “green rum” in the local Papiamento language) and a must-try for all island visitors looking for authentic liqueur! This tiny hole-in-the-wall bar was established by Curaçao native, Ernesto (Netto) Koster, and has been a local fave since Netto Bar opened its doors 63 years ago. This colorful Ròm Bèrdè, matching the island’s Handelskade backdrop, can be enjoyed with fresh coconut water, on the rocks, or straight up, like in the old days. Netto Bar has done a great job at keeping the ingredients of their green rum a secret, encouraging visitors to check out this unique local dive bar.
*No recipe, best served on the rocks or straight up.
Sip it here: Known as “Rum Capital of the World,” Puerto Rico is the proud home of Bacardi Rum. Just 25 minutes away from the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, the Bacardi Distillery offers travelers historical tours, rum tasting tours, and mixology tours, all of which can be seamlessly coordinated through the hotel’s concierge. The resort proudly serves a variety of Bacardi rums and specialty cocktails, including the popular Dragonberry Mojito, the resort’s signature cocktail with Bacardi Dragon Berry, a blend of sweet strawberries and dragonfruit. Guests can enjoy this fruity and flavorful concoction at the property’s lively Red Coral Lounge, or at the swim-up bar in the dual-level pool. But no matter where on property guests sip this rum-derful drink, they’re sure to enjoy its tropical flavor and authentic Puerto Rican taste.
1 ½ oz Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
3 Fresh Diced Strawberries
8 Fresh Mint Leaves
3 Fresh Lime Wedges
Cane Sugar, to taste
Muddle the strawberries, mint leaves, sugar and lime wedges in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake. Pour into a tall glass and top with soda water.
Sip it here: The island of Barbados may only measure 166 square miles, but this eastern Caribbean locale (aka the birthplace of rum) has no shortage of lively spots to ‘lime.’ The most iconic: the Mount Gay Rum Factory where travelers can sign up for distillery tours and tastings, complete with a few sips of the limited edition 1703 Master Select blend. For rum lovers looking to imbibe on the beach (because when in Barbados, right?), head to The House, the chic, adults-only boutique hotel on the island’s platinum west coast. Not only can the property arrange private Mount Gay tastings, but the friendly staff will help keep the party going at the on-site 1703 Mount Gay Rum Bar. When the iconic sunset calls for a drink to complete the ultimate Insta story, look no further than the Bajan Rum punch, best enjoyed from the comfort of the bar’s plush, oversized lounge chairs.
Bajan Rum Punch
1 1/2 oz Mount Gay Eclipse
1 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
4 oz Water
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash Ground Nutmeg
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
Mix all ingredients (except Falernum) in a Collins glass over ice. Float Falernum and finish with one dash of Angostura and garnish with a lemon wheel and cherry. ‘Lime’ away!
Sip it here: While many are familiar with the iconic brand of Cruzan Rum, few know that the golden brown liquor is distilled and bottled in St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. With more than 20 varieties, ranging from a classic aged rum to a passionfruit rum, Cruzan is best enjoyed on the island of St. Thomas at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. As the pulse of the USVIs, “The Reef” features a signature Rum Bar for guests to enjoy the local blends. With its laid-back and open-air atmosphere, Rum Bar has become the go-to spot for catching the sunset while enjoying tropical cocktails and cold beers on tap. For guests craving a little adventure, the resort’s on-property Adventure Center can arrange an island-hopping excursion to St. Croix via ferry or seaplane where travelers can tour the Cruzan Rum distillery.
1 oz. of Cruzan Pineapple Rum
1 oz. of Cruzan Banana Rum
1 oz. Cruzan Mango Rum
1 oz. Cruzan Coconut Rum
Pineapple or orange wedge
Add the Cruzan pineapple rum, banana rum, mango rum and coconut rum into a stainless steel shaker and shake well with ice. Pour the rum mixture into a tall cocktail glass and fill the remainder with pineapple juice. Top with grenadine for color and garnish with a pineapple or orange wedge and fresh cherry. Enjoy!
Sip it here: There’s no better place to indulge than Hedonism II. Found on the edge of the white sand beach of Negril, Jamaica, this adult-only, clothing optional, all-inclusive resort is famous for its judgement-free zone and strong drinks. Nothing at Hedonism is watered down, and that includes the cocktails. Feeling island inspired? Kick back, relax and enjoy one of the property’s signature rum runner, crafted with Jamaica’s own Appleton Genesis Rum. A proud, versatile Jamaican spirit, this rum is flavorful, full of strength and character, much like Hedo’s guests!
Hedo Rum Runner
3 oz. Appleton Genesis Rum
3 oz. Coruba Rum
3 oz. Blackberry Brandy
1 ½ oz. Grenadine
3 oz. Lime juice
1 ½ oz. Pineapple juice
Shake vigorously with crushed ice; strain into glass with crushed ice.