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Relax with Rum for National Rum & Relaxation Day

National Relaxation Day is August 15th & National Rum Day is August 16th. Could it be more perfect that National Relaxation Day and National Rum Day both fall in the same week? We’d go as far to say its fate that you celebrate these two important holidays this week. Here are a few suggestions as to the best ways to relax with rum this week.

Sip on a Mount Gay Mojito & Relax

One of our top choices for Caribbean rum and absolute must for this week’s celebration, comes from the island of Barbados. Established in 1703, Mount Gay Rum is made up of the finest Barbadian molasses, which comes from the exceptional sugar grown on the island. After a specific process of fermentation, distillation, maturation and blending, the end result is the smoothest of the smooth spirits – Mount Gay Rum.

National Rum Day - Mojito - CheapCaribbean.com

And how should you drink the infamous Mount Gay Rum? Let us suggest a perfectly sweetened, fresh & smooth classic mojito. Straight from the Mount Gay’s vault, follow this recipe for the ultimate mojito drink.

Ingredients:

  • 4 -6 mint leaves
  • 2 oz. Mount Gay Silver
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 oz. of soda water
  • 3 springs of fresh mint

Muddle mint in a mixing tin. Add ice, rum, lime juice, sugar & shake. Pour into a tall glass and top off with soda water. Garnish with mint sprig.

So we'd obviously recommend a pretty white beach for you to enjoy while sipping on this cocktail, even if you aren’t beach side, take in a piece of this island and enjoy National Rum Day the right way.

Live Like the Locals Do at Rum Point Beach

If you consider yourself a beach aficionado like some of us do, then you’ll want to venture out to Rum Point on Grand Cayman Island. And while we are BIG fans of Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands, Rum Point is a great beach for those who are looking to explore something off the beaten path, as well as give you the feeling you’ve been transported to a completely different island.

Rum Point, Grand Cayman Island - Photo Credit: kkimphotography

On your day trip out to Rum Point, you’ll want to stop into Wreck Bar & Grill for some delicious grub, and of course – rum! To satisfy your hunger, we recommend the fried grouper BLT or jerk burger. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can take on the Rum Point Challenge, which includes 16 oz. of ground beef stuffed with jalapenos, topped with bacon, cheddar, Swiss, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, fries & coleslaw.

And when it’s time to unwind with a few, we’ll be drinking a rum runner or blue iguana. You can make your own rum runner by combining Appleton rum (an island favorite), blackberry brandy, banana rum, orange juice & pineapple juice. So grab the bottle of rum and bottoms up!

Take on the VooDoo Juice, If You Dare

This rum recommendation comes straight from our favorite Caribbean castaway, Rum Shop Ryan. One of his favorite beach bars and ours as well, Iggies Beach Bar at the Bolongo Bay Resort in St. Thomas is known for it’s fun and party-like atmosphere – making it the perfect place to celebrate these fabulous holidays. Named “Best Beach Bar 2012” by Caribbean Travel & Life, Iggies offers live music 365 days a year, amongst numerous holiday and special event parties.

Iggies Beach Bar, Grand Cayman Island - National Rum Day - CheapCaribbean.com

It’s also known for it’s magical concoction called VooDoo Juice. Served up in a big bucket perfect for those who are extra thirsty, this Cruzan rum recipe is more likely to make you get up and dance rather than relax the day away. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can this recipe on for yourself:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Cruzan Pineapple Rum
  • 1 oz. Cruzan Banana Rum
  • 1 oz. Cruzan Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz. Cruzan Citrus Rum
  • 0.5 oz. Cruzan Dark Rum
  • 3 oz. cranberry juice
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice 

Fill bucket (or really large glass) with ice and pour in the Pineapple, Banana, Coconut and Citrus Cruzan rums. Then add the cranberry and pineapple juice and top with Cruzan Dark Rum. Raise your glass and cheers!

So there you have it. You know how the CheapCaribbean.com team would celebrate these two fabulous holidays. But the question is…how will you be celebrating? Share your plans in the comment section below.

No Beach is Complete without an Umbrella in Your Drink

Sample Some of These Frosty Concoctions on the Caribbean’s Hottest Beaches

This summer is sure to be a scorcher, but we know the best way to cool down. Nothing quite brings your body temp down like sipping on a fruit-a-licious, chilly adult cocktail. We like to think one of the best parts about a Caribbean or Mexico vacation (other than the amazing views and frequent naps on the beach), is enjoying a tasty libation that provides the three f’s: frozen, fruit and fun.

And the hotter it is, the better they taste. That must be why three big beverage-based holidays adorn the July calendar: National Piña Colada Day, National Daiquiri Day and National Tequila Day.  Since these happen to be three of our favorite drinks, we’re celebrating by sharing some top-secret recipes from our favorite resorts.

Cool off with a Colada

Swim up bar at Riu Guanacaste Resort, Costa Rica

That creamy mixture of coconut cream, pineapple juice and rum known as the Pina Colada is a well-loved favorite for many, but we enjoy off-shoots, like the banana colada. And one of the best can be found is in the banana paradise of Costa Rica. Why not go to the source?

Where to drink it

The best place to enjoy a good banana colada is the swim-up bar. We like the one at the Riu Guanacaste. It’s like a complete lounge in the water, complete with signature swim-up bar and stools and a fancy sculpture to boot. It even has a nearby in-pool tables and seating if you don’t want to crowd the bartender. And at the Riu, the swim-up bartender is a busy guy.

How to make it

They blend 2 mashed bananas, 4 ounces of coconut cream, 6 ounces of rum, 4 ounces of banana liqueur and 3 cups of ice to create this silky smooth concoction. It’s a recipe that makes us go bananas!

Mango to Mix It Up on the Beach!

Seven Mile Beach at Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica

Add flavor to your drink while vacationing…Turn your traditional daiquiri into something special and fun!  When most people think about daiquiris, they think of the delicious tried and true, strawberry daiquiri. Sure, strawberries are delicious. In fact, some of our best friends drink strawberry daiquiris, but we like to embrace the exotic when we’re on vacation. That’s why we’re mad for mangos.

Where to drink it

We like our mango daiquiri to match the sky. That’s why our favorite time to drink one is at sunset after a long day. And for sunsets, we head to Couples Swept away on the famous seven mile beach in Negril, Jamaica. The sunsets are sheer poetry. For the same show at a new venue, head down the beach to Ricks Café and watch one there too!

How to make it

Make our favorite daiquiri requires finding the perfectly ripe, lusciously sweet mango. Once you’ve found that, the rest is easy. Toss three ounces of dark rum, three tablespoons of lime juice, one ounce of triple sec and two cups of ice together. Then chop the mango until you get 1 ½ cups and toss it all into a blender for a super-sweet tropical treat.

The Classic Mexican Party Cocktail

Oasis Resort, Cancun

The way we look at it, a Mexican vacation isn’t a Mexican vacation until you take your first sip of a margarita. But what makes margaritas great is their versatility. You can add your favorite fruit, change the tequila from silver to gold and then top it with your favorite liqueur. Each experience provides a different trip for your taste buds. Our favorite adds a little color to the mix.

Where to drink it

Mix it up in Cancun, Mexico at The Oasis. Visited by MTV, and is well-known for its parties and resort mixologists, this resort is a great place to stay, play, and mix up your favorite ‘rita on the beautiful beach or in the resort’s poppin’ night club.

How to make it:

To mix up our favorite variation, fill a cocktail shaker with one teaspoon of salt, four ounces of tequila, two ounces of triple sec, two ounces of lime juice, two ounces of blue Curacao and two teaspoons of sugar. Shake well and serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. The electric colored cocktail is sure to spark up some fun.

Whether you decide to try them out in the Caribbean or whip them up yourself in your household blender, you’re sure to put yourself into a vacation state of mind.