You know what they say, “Time flies when you’re having rum!” and there’s no better time to toast to friends with a tropical cocktail like National Rum Day on August 16. In honor of the spirited day, we tapped some of the most iconic and dreamy establishments all over the world to share the inside scoop on their must-try rum cocktails that you can make in the comfort of your own home.
Whether it’s a classic Dark N’ Stormy or fun twist on a Mai Tai, these concoctions are sure to set the tone of the tropics this Rum Day, no matter where you are mixing them up.
Check out 30 thirsty-worthy rum cocktail recipes below.
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Daydreaming of sparkling shores, sunshine, and salty breezes? Say ‘cheers’ to National Rum Day and sip on a Tipsy Turtle. On the menu at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, an upscale oceanfront resort situated on Fort Lauderdale’s largest stretch of pristine private beach, the Tipsy Turtle is a refreshing rum drink with a hue as blue as the Atlantic Ocean. The best part? At the resort, $1 from every sale of the cocktail is donated to The Sea Turtle Conservation Fund to protect the global sea turtle population.
Method: Combine ingredients into a shaker tin. Shake and roll into a highball glass. Finish with an orange slice and cherry garnish with a coconut flake sprinkle on top.
Raise a glass to National Rum Day with the Piña Quemada. A signature cocktail on the menu at Rattlesnake Bar–a favorite for locals and visitors alike–the Lone Star spirit is alive and thriving in the flavors of the rum–aged for four years under the Caribbean sun–and a young mezcal with a lingering heat. Neatly nestled within The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, the popular spot features a top-notch selection of Southwestern-inspired cocktails and a repertoire of handcrafted drinks from celebrity chef and “father of Southwestern cuisine,” Dean Fearing. Cheers!
Method: Combine ingredients. Shake and Strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with pineapple frond.
Nestled on the Caribbean Island of Aruba steps away from Eagle Beach, the No. 2 beach in the world ranked by TripAdvisor, Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort provides a captivating getaway for those in need of a one-of-a-kind escape. While enjoying this island oasis, guests can watch the sunset from Passions on the Beach as they sink their toes in the sand and enjoy a rum-based cocktail inspired by the fruity, tropical tastes of Aruba, like the Passionfruit Mojito or an Aruba Ariba, the island’s signature (and iconic) cocktail. Capturing a glimpse of colorful paradise in each glass, these cocktails are just as blissful to make as they are to enjoy.
Method: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add vodka, rum, Coecoei or fruit liquor, banana liqueur, orange juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, grenadine syrup, and lime juice to the shaker. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to combine the ingredients and chill the cocktail. Strain the mixture into a hurricane glass or any other tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry, if desired.
Method: In a cocktail shaker, add the fresh mint leaves and lime juice. Gently muddle the mint leaves using a muddler or the back of a spoon. This helps release the mint’s flavors. Add the simple syrup and passion fruit puree to the shaker. Fill the shaker with crushed ice. Pour in the white rum. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to combine the ingredients and chill the cocktail. Fill a highball glass or a similar glass with crushed ice. Strain the cocktail mixture into the glass, using a strainer or the shaker’s built-in strainer. Top the glass with club soda. Give the cocktail a gentle stir to mix in the club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and a mint sprig, if desired.
Known as “Savannah’s Entertainment District,” Plant Riverside District expands the city’s iconic riverfront to a 4.5-acre waterfront hospitality and entertainment destination, anchored by the 419-room JW Marriott Savannah. From incredible dining to high-end shopping and live music, Plant Riverside District creates elegantly curated experiences, stripping away the unnecessary to reveal the exceptional. Dive into an incredible experience at the Compass Pool Lounge located on the rooftop of the Atlantic Building. Unwind, relax, and find new directions to explore at the riverside pool with its stunning rooftop views, signature cocktails like a Compass Colada, and fresh bites from our full-service menu.
Method: Place all ingredients in a blender with ice. (Tip: add a splash of pineapple juice to help blend more smoothly) and blend. Pour 0.5 oz blue curacao in the bottom of the glass, add your blended mix. Garnish with ocean-themed candies.
In honor of the recently released “The Little Mermaid” movie, we’ve made a drink that celebrates National Rum Day the mermaid way! Dip into your aquamarine fantasies with the Mermaid Water at Greenwood, South Carolina’s only full-service boutique hotel, The Inn on the Square.
Method: Add the Malibu and Captain Morgan Rum into a glass and top with pineapple juice and a spritz of blue curacao. Finish off this drink with a dash of sprite and garnish with mixed fruit.
Recently honored as the no. 1 resort in Florida by Travel + Leisure, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa begins the luxury experience with a signature welcome cocktail the moment guests check-in. The Gumby Slumber sets the scene for a true tropical island escape as guests sip the refreshing beverage while enjoying a leisurely ride on an antique motor-yacht to the resort, as the island is only accessible by boat or seaplane. Once you’re there, there is no other experience you would rather “Get Lost” in.
Method: Combine ingredients and mix well. Serve chilled and garnish with fresh coconut. For an extra kick, marinate the coconut garnish in 151 Rum.
Luxury accommodations, breathtaking views and unparalleled service await you at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg. Trump’s Bar & Restaurant rests at the heart of the Hotel, and this dynamic duo is celebrated for its atmospheric warm ambience, a place that welcomes locals, guests and golfers alike. Their refreshing Lemon Verbena Mojito is the perfect cocktail to sip into summer. On-property, it’s made using homegrown lemon verbena, produced outside Trump’s Bar & Restaurant, and is best enjoyed while overlooking the spectacular backdrop of Trump Doonbeg Golf Course and the unmatched views of the shimmering sea waves of the Doughmore Beach with the majestic cliffs of Moher in the distance.
Method: Muddle verbena leaves, lemon slices, and 1 ounce of Lemon Juice in a shaker. Add white rum and ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a tumbler and top with club soda.
A visit to The Classic Coast—nine vibrant and historic towns all sharing some seriously prime New England coastline—is both everything you expect and enjoyably unpredictable. From the warm ambiance of the Tavern and Commodore’s Room to the al-fresco charm of the Waterside Patio, The Black Pearl’s classic Dark N’ Stormy is an exceptional cocktail that offers simplicity, elegance, and complex flavor with just beer and liquor.
Method: Pour your ginger beer a smidge above the half-way mark of your glass, then pour your 1.5oz of Goslings dark rum on top.
Beat the summer heat with this cocktail celebrating National Rum Day! At the famous, historic Windsor Hotel, we’ve put a unique twist on the renowned Hurricane drink and crafted our very own Georgia version that celebrates not only National Rum Day, but also the long history of past presidents and notable guests that have frequented the five-story Victorian hotel since 1892 since it houses the “best bar in town.”
Method: Add the light and dark rums, passionfruit, lime, lemon and orange juices, simple syrup, and grenadine into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a large Hurricane glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange, lemon, and lime slice.
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, known as the home-away-from-home for The King of Rock–where he performed a platinum-record-breaking number of sold out shows at the International Theater (which still stands and sings to this day with legendary acts)–is raising a glass and inviting fans to get “All Shook Up” in celebration of National Rum Day with its Elvis-inspired cocktail, named after the ever-iconic song “Blue Suede Shoes.” While Blue Suede Shoes is enjoyed at the Resort’s International Bar as part of an all-new Elvis cocktail menu, it can also be recreated wherever your own dancing shoes may lead you.
Method: Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and pour into a stemless wine glass. Garnish with dehydrated pineapple, orchid, edible glitter, and desiccated coconut to serve.
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Sip your way back to the past with White Dog Distillery’s Rhody Rumcation. Located in the historic mills of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, this “pack” of brewers dedication to distilled spirits and cocktails goes unmatched throughout the region. Blended with their white dog spiced house rum and ginger cardamom lime syrup, with some freshly squeezed tangerines, this candy garnished cocktail offers a blast to the past.
Method: Fill a tall glass with ice, add rum, fruit juice and syrup. Empty the ingredients into a shaker. Squeeze the juice from the lime wedge into the cocktail shaker, discard the lime wedge. Shake the ingredients to mix. Add all the contents back to the glass, fill the remainder of the glass with ginger ale. Pour everything back into the shaker and then pour back into your glass. (WHY? because everything will be well blended and good ‘til the last drop!). Garnish with a Candied Ginger.
Nestled discreetly in historic Old Town Key West, the Marquesa Hotel welcomes guests with a serene retreat, featuring a complex of restored Victorian homes, three sparkling swimming pools, lush tropical gardens and the sophisticated Café Marquesa where the Dark Horse can be sipped and savored. As an ode to summer, relax on a sun-splashed veranda with beverage in hand, while soaking up the last bit of the season with these delicious recipes.
Method: Combine ingredients, add ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with cherries on a cocktail pick.
The national cocktail of Belize, this local delicacy appears on almost every drink menu in the country. Few cocktails have as many different recipes as the Rum Punch—and it’s one of the best drinks to take liberties with, mixing and matching fruits and dialing up (or down) the amount of rum included. Rum Punch is a quick and easy cocktail to make, and only requires a couple simple ingredients.
Method: Simply stir all the ingredients together in a pitcher or punch bowl, and chill before serving. Use short rocks glasses full of ice, and garnish your Rum Punch with slices of orange and pineapple. This recipe yields 8-10 servings.
For a refreshing cocktail that’s reminiscent of its home at Niagara Falls State Park, try the Niagara Splash. The Niagara Splash combines the flavors of Coconut (with both coconut rum and coconut water), lime, and Blue Curacao to create this color cocktail that will transport you to the waterfalls for which it is named.
Method: Combine all ingredients (EXCEPT Club Soda) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a Hurricane glass. Top with Club Soda and garnish with lime and mint.
On National Rum Day–and every day–the Island Time cocktail served in this downtown Denver landmark is sure to transport the sipper to the tropics. The rum punch is on the menu at Ship Tavern, one of six on-site food and beverage venues nestled within The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, the Mile High City’s most iconic historic hotel. A vintage pub with a lively atmosphere, Ship Tavern is the hotel’s oldest restaurant – opened in 1934 after the repeal of prohibition – with décor that includes a complete mast and crow’s nest, an old ship’s clock, Jamaican rum barrels, and a collection of sailing ship models former hotel owner, Boettcher, acquired on a visit to Cape Cod. Bottoms up!
Method: Combine all liquid ingredients into a shaker. Shake and Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and garnish with a lime wheel.
Indulge in the tropical flavors of the Mai Kind of Night cocktail at Zocca, the on-site bar at The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, in celebration of National Rum Day. This delightful concoction combines of Malibu rum with the refreshing notes of orange juice and pineapple juice, perfectly balanced with a splash of grenadine. Sip on this tropical delight as you take in the scenic views of the iconic Riverwalk. To add a touch of decadence, the cocktail is garnished with whipped cream, a sprinkle of nutmeg, and a pineapple slice. Raise a glass and toast to a taste of paradise in the heart of San Antonio.
Method: Combine ingredients into a shaker. Shake and strain over ice and into collins glass, top with vanilla whipped cream and shaved nutmeg as a garnish with a pineapple slice as wel
Blast off into space with this delicious rum cocktail from out of this world! Served at Space 220–a futuristic restaurant set in outer space located at Disney’s EPCOT–the Illumination cocktail is a fun fruity rum celebration. This over-the-top creation is made with Bacardi Superior Rum and Malibu Coconut Rum and combines four fruit flavors from Twisted Alchemy, including Passionfruit, Blood Orange, Pineapple and Lime Sour. But the ingredient that really sets this drink apart is the Passion Fruit Boba creating a wild burst-in-your-mouth experience.
Method: Combine all liquid ingredients into a small shaker tin. Add ice and shake 20 times. Double strain into a Collins glass using a Hawthorne strainer. Garnish with mint and passion fruit boba.
Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations and seaside sips, such as the sweet Tipsy Turtle. Save the turtles one sip at a time as a portion of the proceeds from each Tipsy Turtle sold are donated directly to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center.
Method: Combine coconut rum with blue curacao and pineapple juice. Shake or pour in and out of a mixing glass with ice. Build in Rocks glass, or a glass of your preference with ice and garnish with a cherry, half-moon orange slice and toy turtle.
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With the best view of the Port of Galilee in Narragansett, RI, this restaurant is afforded access to the freshest seafood available anywhere. Enjoy spectacular harbor views with one of George’s of Galilee’s signature cocktails, the Myers’s Mai Tai. Thriving with flavor, the Mai Tai is a local favorite that offers a blended refreshing and tart taste. Mixed well with rum and fresh fruit, your harbor views only get better with each sip.
Method: Add the Myers platinum rum as the foundation. Send a splash of Orange Curacao and Orgeat Syrup. Leisurely pour the pineapple and OJ quickly after. A squeeze of lime juice and top it off with a floater of Myers dark rum. Last but not least, garnish with an orange and maraschino cherry.
Slip away to an island state of mind this National Rum Day with the Lady in the Tropics, a refreshing tropical concoction that sets the tone for a sun-splashed Caribbean retreat. Available at Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan–an island-authentic, all-inclusive resort situated on the sparkling coastline of Grand Bahama Island–the Lady in the Tropics incorporates three types of rum and sets the perfect scene of paradise with its unique balance of island flavors.
Method: Combine all ingredients, except grenadine, in mixing glass with ice. Shake well then pour into tall cocktail glass. Add a small splash of grenadine. Raise glass and toast.
The Wyvern celebrates National Rum Day with this Perch Perfect Pineapple Refresher. Flavors of coconut, lime, ginger, and pineapple make the perfect combination to sit and sip at our rooftop bar located 6 floors up, showcasing all of Punta Gorda, FL, or relax in the shade at our infamous 88 Keys fine dining piano bar.
Method: Mix the Toasted Coconut and Bacardi Rum and shake well. Add a splash of lime juice, and 3 oz. of pineapple juice. Pour over ice and top with ginger ale and a lime wedge.
Colonial in design with a contemporary twist, The Madison Hotel was inspired by fourth President James Madison’s estate in the Virginia foothills. Celebrating a monumental 60th anniversary, they are serving a toast to Mr. Madison by serving his favorite cocktail, The James. Made with dark rum, like the kind that came through on trade ships through the West Indies during colonial times – the smooth bite of rum is blended with a dash of bitters, and elevated with champagne, a drink likely introduced to Madison by Thomas Jefferson
Method: Pour rum into a champagne flute and add a dash of Angostura bitters, stir lightly. Top with champagne of choice and garnish with a mint sprig.
Delivering the flavor of paradise while welcoming warm temperatures and ultimate relaxation, the Dragonberry Mojito is making waves in the yachting capital of the world at Pelican Grand Beach Resort – one of the only true beachfront, boutique resorts on Fort Lauderdale beach. A mix of Old Florida grandeur coupled with seaside elegance offering a coastal- chic waterfront retreat, Pelican Grand offers everything from fresh culinary creations at the signature restaurant, OCEAN2000 and Fort Lauderdale’s only lazy river to indulging in personalized pampering at the Scandinavian-inspired PURE Spa and shopping on Las Olas Boulevard – guests are surprised by the unrivaled location of this laid-back luxe retreat set amongst the soothing sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean.
Method: Muddle 4 leaves of fresh mint with 4 lime juice, add Bacardi dragonberry rum and pomegranate juice. Shake and strain over ice in a traditional highball glass. Garnish with remaining fresh limes & mint.
Celebrate National Rum Day with the enticing Isola Breeze cocktail at Pacci, the on-site bar at The Kimpton Brice located in Savannah, GA. This island-inspired libation features a blend of premium ingredients, including Santa Teresa 1796 rum, Giffard Banane du Bresil and a touch of cinnamon syrup for a warm and exotic twist. Balanced with the tropical flavors of pineapple juice, lime juice and finished with a dash of Angostura bitters, this refreshing concoction transports you to a “breezy” paradise. Raise a glass and savor the flavors of the Isola Breeze as you unwind in the cool and contemporary ambiance of The Kimpton Brice.
Method: Add all ingredients to mixing tin with ice. Shake to medium dilution. Double strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish and serve.
In 2021, Handle’s Mixologist Reagan Chung won the annual Park City Savor the Cocktail Contest with his Handle Rum Cocktail recipe. Reagan drew inspiration for the cocktail from his mom’s cooking and her use of the Southeast Asian fruit pandan. “Pandan is herbaceous with notes of coconut and vanilla,” he says, which was accentuated by “adding some tropical funk with a blend of rums” and a bit of lime. The result is subtly tart, sublimely tropical, and delightfully sneaky in upping the ABV with two classic rums.
Method: Combine ingredients, add ice and shake well. Strain over crushed ice in a rocks glass, garnish with colorful edible flowers and enjoy.
Located in Charleston’s Historic District at the corner of Wentworth and Meeting Street, the 50-room Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston lives just steps away from historic landmarks, boutique shops, and exquisite dining. Set on the fourth floor of the hotel, Élevé offers an upscale, yet casual dining experience featuring modern American cuisine with a coastal influence. After dinner, gather on the rooftop at the terrace bar to indulge in handcrafted cocktails including the Rum Old Fashioned while taking in memorable views that illustrate why Charleston is known as the “Holy City.”
Method: Combine ingredients in a shaker tin over ice and stir for 20-30 seconds. Strain over a large ice cube, which we stamp with our restaurant’s logo (Eleve). Express an orange peel with a spark of fire to finish the cocktail.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago has quickly become one of the best luxury hotels in Chicago and downtown’s most desirable address, offering awe-inspiring views of Chicago’s prized architecture, the winding Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The Fog of River North, a cocktail offered at Terrace 16 rooftop restaurant, captures the spirit of the city and is named after the advection fog that is most prevalent over Lake Michigan. When the water is cool and a warm, moist air mass meets the lake forming a thick fog that drifts over the Windy City.
Method: Using a rocks glass add in a large square piece of crafted ice, add equal parts of each ingredient over the ice and stir all ingredients to make this refreshing summer cocktail.
The luxury, adults-only Bungalows Key Largo is the first and only all-inclusive resort in the Florida Keys. The boutique, waterfront oasis features 135 private bungalows dotted across the property’s 12 acres,1,000-feet of shoreline with countless beach cabanas and a full-service Zen Garden Spa featuring a Himalayan salt room + eucalyptus steam room. Though what truly sets Bungalows Key Largo apart is the taste-temping dining experiences and signature cocktails crafted by the resort’s house mixologists. In the spirit of National Rum Day, Bungalows shared the famed recipe of their specialty, signature cocktail the Coco Tiki Tai, offered at each F&B outlet and at check-in, both of which can easily be made and enjoyed at home (while dreaming of being on the beach or by the pool, in the Florida Keys).
Method: Combine splashes of coconut rum and amaretto, then give a leisurely stir twice. Add orange juice and pineapple juice and mix well or pour both simultaneously for a perfect blend. Grab a partner and cheers before sipping.
Paradise is calling with Trump International Hotel Waikiki’s rum-tastic cocktail Ilikea’s Mai Tai. Perfect for lounging by the pool, this tropical drink brings notes of caramelized pineapple and lime-orange all season long.
Method: Shake and pour into highball glass, layer with 1.2oz Bacardi Black and top with Pineapple Bacardi Gold Sorbet Garnish, Pineapple Wedge and Orchid. Steep 20 kaffir leaves in water, simmer on very low heat for ten minutes. After the water is fragrant, make simple syrup with equal parts kaffir water and sugar. Simmer syrup with peel from one orange for about 20 minutes, then cool.