While many folks celebrated National Pina Colada Day, National Daiquiri Day and National Tequila Day in July, August is about rum. August 16th is National Rum Day! While the origins of this annual “holiday” are unknown, people have been enjoying rum for centuries. Rum was actually used for medicinal purposes back in the day.
Rum is made by distilling fermented sugar from sugar cane and is fermented from “cane juice, concentrated cane juice or molasses.” Most rum comes from molasses which is loaded with sugar. Rums are available in several classifications – white, golden or amber, dark, spiced and Anejo and Age-Dated. While rum is made in many areas, the Caribbean is known for its rum production.
Whether you drink it straight or prefer your rum in a tropical cocktail topped with a colorful umbrella, the following rum recipes are sure to tickle your fancy and whet your whistle!
Rum Classic and Not So Classic Cocktail Recipes
- Pina Colada Recipe – This refreshing tropical drink includes white and dark rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream and a pineapple wedge.
- Hemingway Daiquiri – Also known as the Papa Doble, legend has it Ernest Hemingway drank 16 of these tasty frozen drinks in one sitting. This cocktail recipe calls for white rum, lime and grapefruit juices and maraschino liqueur. You’ll need ice and a blender too.
- El Presidente Cocktail – This classic cocktail originated in Cuba in the 1920s. You’ll need white rum, orange Curacao, dry vermouth and grenadine.
- Mai Tai Recipe – This recipe calls for both dark and light rum for this classic cocktail.
- Mojito – This is the National Drink of Cuba! You’ll need light rum, lime juice, sugar, mint leaves and club soda for this cocktail.
- Watermelon Mojito – Speaking of Mojito’s, this recipe calls for watermelon cubes (directions included), mint leaves, lime juice, rum, simple syrup and club soda.
- Between the Sheets – This recipe, from Paul Clark, calls for cognac, light or aged rum, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice.
- Navy Seal Cocktail – This simple drink has just 3 ingredients – Jager, Tequila and Rum.
- Nude Beach Cocktail – This cocktail recipe has gold rum, pineapple, lime and orange juices and grenadine.
- Long Island Ice Tea – This refreshing recipe tastes just like tea – with a great big kick!
- The Hurricane – Named after hurricane-shaped glasses, this cocktail was first served at the 1938 World’s Fair. The recipe includes both light and dark rum, passion fruit and orange juices, lime, simple syrup and grenadine.
- Captain Morgan Pink Lemonade – You’ll need spiced rum, both cranberry and orange juice, club soda and lemon for this drink.
- Little Devil Cocktail – You’ll need light rum, gin, triple sec, lemon juice and a cherry for this devilish drink!
- Sweet Corn Cocktail – Check out this cocktail with a twist. You’ll need dark rum, mole bitters, demerara syrup, lime juice and fresh corn kernels.
- The Captain’s Nest – You’ll need Captain Morgan Original Spiced rum, both pineapple and orange juice, amaretto and lime.
- Partly Cloudy Cocktail – This recipe calls for whole cloves, lime zest, ginger, almonds, over-proof run, simple syrup and almond extract.
- Rum Shrub Cocktail – This cocktail not only sounds delish, it’s pretty too! You’ll need dark rum, shrub syrup and club soda or seltzer.
- Zombie Cocktail – This drink calls for 4 different types of rum.
- Blue Hawaii Jelly Shots – ‘Nuff said!
- White Lie – You’ll need Old Monk and Wray & Nephew over-proof rums, bitters, Mexican Coca Cola and atomized Herbsaint for this recipe.
Rum Punch Recipes
- Hot Rum Punch – Perfect for the holidays, this warm recipe calls for apple cider, pineapple, orange, lemon and cranberry juices, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, sugar and rum.
- Hot Buttered Rum – Warm up with this simple recipe that calls for dark rum, brown sugar and butter.
- Pineapple Rum Punch – This punch recipe calls for light rum, lemon-lime soda, unsweetened pineapple juice and frozen pink lemonade.
- Mistletoe Punch – This punch recipe is perfect for the holidays.
Delicious Rum Desserts
- Rum Balls – These sweet treats will go perfectly with a rum cocktail!
- Chocolate Rum Cheesecake – This decadent dessert calls for graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter, semisweet chocolate, cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla extract, eggs and rum! Yum!
- Danish Rum Raisin Muffins – Besides raisins, you’ll need dark rum for this muffin recipe.
As always, please drink responsibly! Enjoy!