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Getting into swing of National Rum Day with these recipes

Posted by Paul Kandarian  August 8, 2013 11:04 AM

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If you love rum, maybe you know this: Aug. 16 is National Rum Day. We’re not sure who created it, but it matters little, it seems like a good idea. Or to put it in the words of expert Rob Burr, who with his rum-loving family, created the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, “Rum is fun." In honor of the occasion, here are a few rum drinks from places far (think Caribbean, which usually comes to mind when thinking about rum), and near.

Moon Club Mojito, from the just-opened Moon Club at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. Guests at the resort sip this at the bar’s state-of-the-art aquarium featuring a marine habitat with moon jellyfish directly behind the bar. In a highball glass lightly muddle limes and simple syrup then add mint leaves (remember to slap the mint leaves before adding). Fill glass with crushed ice and rum. Stir well. Squeeze lime wedge and drop into drink and add a splash of soda. Garnish with 3 mint leaves and two straws and serve.

Frozen Bligh’s Blood Mojito, Beach Café & Bar, Cotton House, Mustique. Cotton House is the sole luxury resort on Mustique, reputed to have the largest mojito menu in the Grenadines, one of which is the Blood. 2 and ½  oz. Captain Bligh’s Rum (St. Lucian Rum)

4 oz. blood orange puree
2 slices of limes
8 large mint leaves
1 oz. Demerara raw brown sugar
Soda splash
Ice


Muddle the fresh lime, 6 mint leaves and Demerara sugar in a mojito glass. Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add rum and blood orange puree. Blend until frozen. Pour in the frozen mixture of ice, rum and puree over the top of the lime mint mixture.  Splash the top with soda and garnish quickly with remaining mint sprig. TheOceanHouseSouthside.jpg

The Ocean House Southside, Ocean House, Watch Hill, R.I. Known as the official cocktail of the Ocean House, a landmark in southern Rhode Island, this popular rum-laced libation is served at all the luxury resort’s beverage outlets. In summer, it’s the go-to drink to enjoy on the hotel’s spectacular veranda overlooking the croquet court and ocean.

Lemon wedge
3 mint leaves
4 oz. of simple syrup
1 ½ oz. of Mount Gay Eclipse Dark Rum
 ¼ oz. Myers Dark Rum
Garnish with a lemon wheel

Muddle lemon wedge, mint leaves, simple syrup, Mount Gay Rum, add ice and shake, pour into highball glass. Top with Fever Tree bitter lemon soda float, ¼ oz Myers Dark Rum, garnish with a lemon wheel. 

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The resort’s Sunset Grill is open air, overlooking the harbor, and serves up specialty cocktails like this one, and Caribbean and American fare. 

1 oz. of Bacardi Gold Rum
1 oz. of Passion fruit puree
1 oz. of pina colada mix
¼oz of passion fruit mix
½ cup of ice


Pour Bacardi Gold rum, pina colada mix, passion fruit mix, passion fruit puree and ice in a blender.  Blend until ice is completely crushed and ingredients are fully combined.  Once blended, add a splash of dark rum and Bacardi select float for presentation and color.

JDSpecial_HarmonyHillVilla_TryallClub_Jamaica.jpg JD Special, Harmony Hill villa, Tryall Club, Jamaica. This gorgeous resort, with its golf course’s great ocean views, is set on seven tropical acres. Harmony Hill villa bartender Jerome Dellon created this drink, a cool mix of plum juice, mango, melon and cucumber. And of course, rum. 
  
12 oz. Appleton VX Jamaica Rum
6 oz. June Plum juice
1 oz. lime juice
8 cubes of fresh mango
1 handful of ice cubes (6-8 cubes)
4 cubes of melon
4 thin slices cucumber (as garnish)

Combine all liquids and fruit in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend so it forms a frosty texture and is almost frozen. Serve in a hurricane glass and garnish with fresh cucumber and melon cube.

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