Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Fun!

August 16th is National Rum Day! Celebrate the sweet spirit of the Caribbean and learn how to make these 10 incredible cocktails at home:

 

Strawberry Mojito

Born in Havana and bred to please over Latin fare, Mojitos are as popular as their friendly tequila counterpart, the margarita. While we recommend a great original Mojito, why not give a sweet bite to your drink with this Strawberry Mojito recipe instead.

The Mojito:

1/2 Lime cut into 4 wedges

4-8 Leaves Whole Mint + One stem for garnish

4 Strawberries (3 large strawberries cut into quarters and stems removed, 1 medium strawberry for garnish)

1 – 1 1/2 oz Mint Simple Syrup

2 oz Light Rum

Crushed Ice

Club Soda

  1. To create the mint simple syrup, boil 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 2 mint stems together. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved and set aside to cool.
  2. Grab a highball glass and add three lime wedges, the mint leaves, the quartered strawberries and the mint simple syrup and muddle for 30 seconds to squeeze out the juices and mint oil.
  3. Add the rum and crushed ice, then top off with club soda. Garnish with the strawberry, mint stem and remaining lime wedge and enjoy!

 

Berry White // via Alex Carregal, Boston

Rich and smooth. The perfect blend of island smells and flavors.

1.5 oz. Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum

1 oz. Coconut Milk

.75 oz. Lime Juice Citrus

.5 oz. Crème de Cassis

Combine rum, coconut milk, and citrus in a shaker, shake ingredients, strain onto ice in a snifter glass, sink Crème de Cassis throughout cocktail.

 

Daiquiri

A favorite of Ernest Hemingway and President JFK, even classy old gents liked to get their drink on with a good daiquiri. This classic always hits a home run for those with a tooth for tartness. Here’s a tasty recipe to savor the sour flavors:

2 cups crushed ice, plus extra for chilling glass

2 oz light rum

1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice, strained of pulp

1/2 oz Simple Syrup (2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water – combine to a boil and bring to medium, constantly stirring until dissolved, then let cool)

  1. Chill a martini glass in the freezer or by filling it with some crushed ice.
  2. Get a shaker and fill with ice, then pour in the rum, strained lime juice and simple syrup. Shake well.
  3. Remove any ice from the glass, strain the daiquiri and serve!

 

Piña Colada

Getting caught in the rain isn’t so bad when you have this classic cocktail in hand:

1 1/2 cup ice

1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen

2 oz pineapple juice

2 oz Coco Lopez coconut cream

1 1/2 oz white rum

1 ounce dark rum

Pineapple slices

Pour all the ingredients but the pineapple slices into the blender and blend for 30 seconds. Pour the smoothie into a glass and garnish with a pineapple slice.

 

Dark and Stormy

Like a little spice in your life? Well the Dark and Stormy is a breeze to prepare and gives a nice balance of spice from the ginger beer.

2 oz of dark rum

5 oz ginger beer

Lime wedge

Fill a highball glass with ice, then pour rum and ginger beer over. Squeeze the lime wedge for a citrusy touch.

 

Cuba Libre

The name does not go in vain as it translates to “Free Cuba” and is the national drink of the Caribbean island to symbolize independence. Today, many of us simply know it as “Rum and Coke.”

4 ice cubes

2 oz light rum

4 oz cola

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste

Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in the rum and cola. Add the lime juice, stir then serve.

 

Mai Tai

Believe it or not, the name actually means something. In Tahitian, mai tai actually means “the best out of this world,” and it was that dang good that the first person to try it screamed this out loud. While you may not be in Tahiti, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good Mai Tai at home.

1 oz dark rum

1 oz amber rum

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1/2 oz Cointreau or triple sec

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon orgeat syrup* or 1 drop pure almond extract

1 teaspoon superfine granulated sugar

Dash of grenadine

Garnish: an orange slice

Fill a double old-fashioned glass with ice. Get your shaker and combine all of the ingredients with one ice cube and shake well. Strain into your glass and garnish.

 

Bermuda Rum Swizzle

On to the island of Bermuda, where the national drink is the Rum Swizzle. While this cocktail is typically mixed using a real swizzle stick made from a local tree, you can still enjoy the concoction without it. What makes a perfect swizzle is the frosting outside of the glass from the mixture.

4 oz Gosling’s Black Seal rum

4 oz Gosling’s Gold rum

8 oz Pineapple juice

8 oz Orange juice

3⁄4 oz Grenadine

6 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: Pineapple cube, maraschino cherry and orange slice.

Fill a pitcher with ice, then pour all of the ingredients on top. Mix quickly until the mixture is frothing, then strain over four rock glasses with ice. Then garnish each glass with pineapple, cherry and an orange slice.

 

 

Blue Hawaiian

Ah, that color! This classic from the Pacific never disappoints while celebrating rum and whisking your mind away.

1 oz light rum

1 oz blue Curacao liqueur

2 oz pineapple juice

1 oz cream of coconut

1 cup crushed ice

1 pineapple slice

1 maraschino cherry

Chill highball glasses to prepare for pouring. Pour all the ingredients except the cherry and pineapple into a blender and puree into a smoothie. Pour into the glasses and garnish with a cherry and pineapple slice. For an extra pop of fun, pour into an empty pineapple shell.

 

Pirate Rum Punch

Blimey! An homage to the buccaneers of lore and first connoisseurs of rum… with a heavy-handed pour.

8 oz cranberry juice chilled

8 oz orange juice chilled

8 oz pineapple juice chilled

4 oz  Dark Rum

4 oz Light Rum

2 oz Amaretto Disaronno

Fruit for garnish

Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher and mix, either with ice or served into each old-fashioned glass with ice. The drink can be garnished in any combination of a maraschino cherries, an orange slice or a pineapple wedge.

 

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Guest Blog written by Epic Club Crawls.

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