Best Rum Cocktails for Celebrating National Rum Day

Best Rum Cocktails for Celebrating National Rum Day

With National Rum Day peering above the horizon, it’s time to explore the best New York City has to offer in terms of this beachside, alcoholic favorite. Paired best with fruity flavors that may make your mouth pucker, the below cocktails will give you a guide to rum’s sweet side. This way, you’ll be prepared for the underrated holiday on August 16, when rum-lovers and the booze they enjoy most get their time in the spotlight.

The Escape at The Rum House: Let’s start with the obvious place to go for rum-based cocktails. Aptly titled, The Rum House in the Edison Hotel provides a bevy of options suited to this holiday. One of their top offerings gives you a couple of rum options, either El Dorado Dark or Flor de Caña Centenario 12 Year. Mixed with Coconut Crème, Pineapple Juice, and sweet Vermouth, this beverage resembles a Piña Colada but with a much-welcomed extra kick. (228 W 47th St.; 646-490-6924)

Navy Grog at Cienfuegos: This Cuban bar specializes in rum, but of their many cocktails, Navy Grog stands out. The humble name indicates not a low-class beverage, but a mixing of three, distinct rums: Dark, Jamaican, and Ron del Barrilito. The addition of honey, lime, and grapefruit makes it feel like you’re imbibing something that will ultimately cure an ailment. (95 Avenue A; 212-614-6818)

Daiquiri Cubano at Café Habana: An actually humble beverage this time, the Daiquiri Cubano should not be underestimated. For those who want to enjoy plus one rum cocktails without emptying bank accounts, the simple white rum, fresh lime juice, and sugar cane cocktail more than serves its purpose…especially with the 95 cent addition of strawberry, mango, or guava puree (guava recommended). (17 Prince St.; 212-625-2001)

Amityville at Death & Company: A delicious stirred option, Amityville mixes Bacardi Heritage with Banks 5 Year Rum and Dolin Blanc Vermouth to achieve an alcoholic combo that’s just pleading for tang. Enter Granny Smith Apple Juice, vanilla syrup, and orange bitters to provide just that. For even more of a bite, there’s a hint of absinthe thrown in, as well. (433 E 6th St.; 212-388-0882)

Ginger Smash at Employees Only: Again, we get rum mixed with flavors of pineapple, apple, and fresh lime. This time, they’re all in the same glass, and there they swim with muddled ginger root and Maraschino Liqueur. Served shaken over ice, this drink uses Caña Brava Rum as its base. (510 Hudson St.; 212-242-3021)

Dr. J at Booker & Dax: The bar connected to Momofuku’s Ssäm Bar, Booker & Dax presents a dark, cozy atmosphere and satisfying place to while away the time as you await a seat at the conjoined restaurant. Their shaken rum drink in particular deserves a spot on the list because it’s been “milk washed,” a method that lets rum infuse with milk overnight in the fridge so as to separate out curds. Vanilla tincture and orange make this smooth drink extra sweet and easy to imbibe. (207 2nd Ave.; 212-254-3500)

Queen’s Park Swizzle at Middle Branch: If you want a fresher twist on your rum cocktail, the Queen’s Park Swizzle’s minty emphasis makes this drink a clear frontrunner. Lime syrup and bitters add dimension to the rum and adhere to the traditional taste we’ve come to associate with the upscale rum cocktail. This is the closest you’ll come to a rum drink that tastes like the color green (c’mon, use your imagination). (154 E 33rd St.; 212-213-1350)

Photo: Flickr user kansasphoto


Tags: Cocktails, Rum, Spirits
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Ryan Reynolds & Aviation Gin Have Released a New, Hilarious Making-Of Video

Ryan Reynolds & Aviation Gin Have Released a New, Hilarious Making-Of Video

Ryan Reynolds & Aviation Gin have been teaming up to create some of the funniest ads in the business for quite...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 4, 2019
Pedialyte Has a New Product That Might Help Cure Your Next Hangover

Pedialyte Has a New Product That Might Help Cure Your Next Hangover

If you've been picking up Pedialyte at the corner store after a long night of drinking, you're not alone — a...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 4, 2019
Amy Poehler Has Opened a Wine Store in Brooklyn

Amy Poehler Has Opened a Wine Store in Brooklyn

Amy Poehler has a new role - she has opened a wine store, Zula Wines & Spirits, in Brooklyn's Park Slope, according to Eater. ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Dec 11, 2018
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Red Spot Whiskey Has Returned after 50 Years Out of Production

Red Spot Whiskey Has Returned after 50 Years Out of Production

After 50 years out of production, Red Spot Whiskey has returned to join the Spot Whiskeys family once again....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 26, 2018
Miller High Life is Now Available in Champagne Bottles

Miller High Life is Now Available in Champagne Bottles

Miller High Life, commonly known as the 'Champagne of Beers,' is now available in actual champagne bottles for a limited run during the holiday season...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 13, 2018
Jack Daniels is Making a Whiskey Advent Calendar For the Holiday Season

Jack Daniels is Making a Whiskey Advent Calendar For the Holiday Season

Jack Daniels has debuted a boozy advent calendar filled with, naturally, whiskey, just in time for the holiday...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 13, 2018
Behind the Bar: Jason Wise, Director of the SOMM Documentary Film Series

Behind the Bar: Jason Wise, Director of the SOMM Documentary Film Series

For this installment of Behind the Bar, we spoke to Jason Wise, documentary filmmaker and director of the new ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 31, 2018
Beam Suntory Has Launched a Japanese Vodka & Gin

Beam Suntory Has Launched a Japanese Vodka & Gin

Beam Suntory, one of the largest producers of both American and Japanese whiskeys in the world, has introduced two new clear spirits to its lineup: Ha...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 29, 2018
You Can Now Minor in Bourbon at This Kentucky University

You Can Now Minor in Bourbon at This Kentucky University

Thanks to the booming bourbon tourism industry in Kentucky, the state's Midway University now offers a minor in Bourbon Studies as part of their under...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 29, 2018
You Can Make Your Own Whiskey at This Virginia Beach Hotel

You Can Make Your Own Whiskey at This Virginia Beach Hotel

If you've always wanted to make your own whiskey, you're in luck - a hotel in Virginia Beach is letting guests make their own barrels of whiskey....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 15, 2018
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close