Ahoy, avast, and other nautical terms! It’s National Rum Day, but that doesn’t mean you need to be a pirate to properly celebrate (in fact, as cool as it may sound, we advise against it—scurvy is no fun). We’ve pulled together a list of light, refreshing cocktails that will help you celebrate in style (even if you don’t have a tri-corner hat or a parrot). Before you do that, though, check out our list of rums that you should have stocked on your shelf, then get ready to have some fun.
Bacardí Refresco Superior
- 2 parts Bacardí Superior
- .75 parts ginger syrup
- 1 part lime juice
- .25 parts St-Germain
- 4 cilantro leaves
Method: Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice, double strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh cilantro.
(Recipe By Tiffanie Barriere, Atlanta)
- 8 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
- 8 parts Coconut Water
- 2 parts Pineapple Juice
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl and stir for 30 seconds with a swizzle stick. Fill bucket with fresh ice, stir once more and garnish with fresh pineapple, four straws, and enjoy! (Serves 4-6)
Method: In a mixing glass, combine all. add ice & shake; pour fresh ice over Campari in a white wine serving glass slowly strain (& layer) the mix into the serving glass (do not let the layers combine). Drip 3-5 drops of blue curacao on the inner sides of glass & immediately stir to create a blue top layer.
Sailor Jerry Sangria
- 5 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
- .5 c sugar
- 2 parts dry red wine
- 1 part orange juice
- 1 lemon, lime, and orange
Method: Chill all ingredients. Slice citrus into thin rounds and place in a large pitcher with Sailor Jerry and sugar. Chill for 2 hours to develop flavors. When ready to serve, crush fruit with a wooden spoon and stir in wine and orange juice.
Serve topped with lemon-lime soda.
Sustenance Old Fashioned
- 2 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum
- .5 oz Don Ciccio Finocchietto
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 dashes orange bitters
Method: Stir and serve over fresh ice in Old-Fashioned glass. Garnish with fennel sprig.
- 1.5 oz South Hollow Spirits Twenty Boat Spiced Rum
- 1 oz honey simple syrup
- .5 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes of grapefruit bitters
- 1 lime
Method: Combine South Hollow Spirits Twenty Boat Spiced Rum, honey simple syrup, lime juice and bitters over ice. Shake well. Garnish with a lime.
- 2 oz Afrohead Briland 07
- 5 oz Watermelon purée
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 3-4 Basil leaves
Method: Shake and strain all ingredients into chilled martini glass Garnish with spanked basil leaf.
Bright Lights Big City
- 1.5 oz Barceló Platinum
- .75 oz lime juice
- .25 oz pineapple juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
- .25 oz passion fruit purée
- Pinch salt
- Thin pineapple wheel
Method: Line rocks glass with half-moon pine slice add ice. Shake and strain over and ice. Garnish with pineapple wheel.
The Gran Pom
- 1.5 oz Atlantico Gran Reserva
- .25 oz Pomegranate juice
- .25 oz lime juice
- splash of club soda
Method: Mix Atlantico and juices together with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with Blood orange wheel and tropical flower.
(Created for Ronero, Chicago)
- 1 oz Flor de Caña 4yr Anejo Oro Rum
- .75 oz Plantation Pineapple Rum
- .25 oz Boomsma Cloosterbitter Liqueur
- .75 oz Mango – Chimichurri Herb Syrup (Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley, Jalapeño)
- .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Method: Shake and fine strain ingredients over pellet ice in a medium footed cocktail glass. Garnish with a cilantro sprig and jalapeño wheel.
See No Evil
(Created for the Hotel Chantelle, NYC)
- 1 oz Dark Rum
- 1 oz Spiced Rum
- 1 oz Pineapple-Raspberry Syrup
- .5 oz Lime Juice
- .5 oz Pineapple Juice
- .25 oz Grapefruit Juice
- 3 drops Tiki Bitters
Method: Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into a glass filled with pebble ice. Garnish with a pineapple leaf.
Swell Times Mai Tai
(Created for OB Surf Lodge, San Diego)
- 2 oz Bacardi Rum
- 1 oz Lahinia Dark Rum
- .75 oz Lime Juice
- .5 oz Guava Purée
- .5 oz Orgeat
- .5 oz Triple Sec
- Passionfruit Foam (Passionfruit, honey, egg whites)
Method: Shake all drink ingredients together and pour into a glass filled with ice. Top with foam made from passionfruit, honey and egg whites then charge with NO2 to give foamy texture. Finish it off with a floater of dark rum.
(Feature photo: Mai Tai from OB Surf Lodge, San Diego)