We owe our love for classic rum cocktails, like rum runners and strawberry daiquiris to sugarcane. The first rum production dates back to the 17th century and the Caribbean sugarcane plantations. Plantation workers discovered molasses, which was a byproduct of the sugar refining process, and then fermented it into sugarcane and after distillation, the end resort was rum. In efforts to celebrate this delicious spirit, August has been named National Rum Month. This means you've got an obligation this month to indulge a little bit. But how should you celebrate?
See Rum Come to Life
Today, there are many variations in types of rum and those distinctions all depend on where the rum is produced. For example, Puerto Rico is home to most light rums and houses Casa Bacardi, the home and factory of this popular rum. If you’re planning a trip to Puerto Rico anytime soon, you should plan to spend the afternoon learning about this colorful, rich brand, as well as our beloved rum.
At the Casa Bacardi, you can take an interactive tour through the Bacardi history, watch the rum making process first hand, and of course taste all the wonderful rums that make up the Bacardi Spirit. If your mouth is watering and you’re looking to get to Puerto Rico stat, check out this great deal to Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza. Depending on departing city, rates start at three nights for $379. This hotel is not only a tropical paradise, but it’s close to the Casa Bacardi and lends a hand to the Bacardi spirit.
Become a Rum Connoisseur
Don’t worry if you’re celebrating National Rum Month at home. There are plenty of tasty rum drink recipes you can spend your time perfecting. Here are a few classic cocktails you’ll want to make this month:
Fresh Mint Mojito
You will need:
- 2 parts your favorite light rum (we suggest Bacardi or Tommy Bahama White Sand)
- Approximately 12 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup or sugar
- ½ lime in wedges
- Club soda
- Crushed ice
First, muddle 12 mint leaves and ½ lime. Cover with 2 tablespoons simple syrup or sugar and top with ice. Add 2 parts light rum and top with club soda. Stir well & garnish with a sprig of mint or a lime. Finally, sit back and enjoy! For an island twist on this traditional rum drink, throw in a few blueberries and blackberries with your mint. Now you’ve got a Black + Blue Mojito.
You will need:
- 2 parts light rum
- 2 parts dark rum
- 2 parts passion fruit juice
- 1 part orange juice
- Juice of half of a lime
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
- 1 tablespoon grenadine
- Orange slice and cherry for garnish
Start by squeezing the juice from half the lime into a shaker over ice. Pour all of your ingredients, except for the garnish, into the shaker and shake vigorously. Using a strainer, strain and pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice and enjoy!
Celebrate National Rum Day on Thursday, August 16th
You may have all of August to celebrate this wonderful spirit, but August 16th is an even more important day because it’s “National Rum Day.” It also marks the day the first Piña Colada was made back in 1954 in Puerto Rico. One of our favorite Puerto Rico resorts, the Caribe Hilton San Juan, has the bragging rights for concocting the first Piña Colada nearly 60 years ago. Hotel management asked bartender, Ramón "Monchito" Marrero to come up with a new signature drink and after three months of experimenting and mixing, the first Piña Colada was born.
If that’s not reason enough to stay at the legendary Caribe Hilton San Juan, you can get a great deal to this iconic hotel. Right now, for prices starting at $389 for three nights, you can stay at Caribe Hilton San Juan.
In the meantime, practice making this signature drink with this authentic recipe from Caribe Hilton.
Signature Piña Colada
You will need:
- 2 parts white rum
- 1 part coconut cream
- 1 part heavy cream
- 6 parts fresh pineapple juice
- ½ cup crushed ice
Start by adding rum, coconut cream, heavy cream, pineapple juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth which is about 15-30 seconds. Serve in a 12-ounce glass and garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a cherry.
Rum is an iconic part of Caribbean history and culture. Whether you’ll be celebrating with an island cocktail on the beach or practicing your mixology skills at home, be sure to spread the Caribbean spirit and carry on the legacy of this island spirit.