National Rum Day

Happy National Rum Day! I love a holiday, and I love that national food and drink days give us something to celebrate every day. Life is too short to not celebrate, isn’t it?

We are celebrating National Rum Day with our friends at Brugal, who very kindly sent me samples of their Ron Blanco Especial and Ron Añejo to whip up some delicious cocktails.

Our first cocktail is called Boat Drink because that is where we enjoyed it over the weekend and the perfect place for a fruit rum cocktail to be served.

I started with about 1/3 of this bottle of Brugal Ron Blanco Especial.

Brugal rum

I poured it into my trusty plastic cocktail pitcher along with 17 ounces of Vita Coco coconut water with pineapple, half a can of Dole pineapple juice and a generous splash of Angostura bitters.

cocktail ingredients

Before heading down to the boat, I poured myself a sample cocktail in one of my nana’s dessert dishes. Don’t tell my nana I am using her dessert dishes for cocktails, but I love how Drink serves their cocktails in fun containers and thought these were perfect.

boat drink

boat drink

The second rum cocktail we made using this delicious rum was a kicked up Dark and Stormy.

Brugal Anejo

The cocktail contained the Ron Añejo, a shot and a half per glass.

I mixed that with a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger. You can never have too much ginger spice!

grated ginger

To each glass, I added half a bottle of Reed’s ginger beer. While I like this ginger beer, I wish it was spicier. I may try making my own sometime soon.

ginger beer

This kicked up Brual Dark and Stormy is topped off with a generous amount of lime juice, half of a very juicy lime in each glass, and lots of ice.

We have more rum left to mix up cocktails, AND Brugal sent us some cocktail recipes from Eastern Standard and The Wequasset Resort on Cape Cod. Long live National Rum Day and the summer!

What are your favorite rum cocktails?

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  1. Alaina’s avatar

    This is clearly my favorite day, as I love rum so much! :-)

    I had a rum martini at Venetian Moon this past January that tasted like fruit loops. It was delicious.

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  2. Michelle’s avatar

    I’m a huge fan of rum punch!

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  3. Daisy’s avatar

    Fantastic! I have never tried Brugals that i know of!

    Dark n Stormys are easily my favorite rum cocktail! but who doesn’t love a good pina colada or a hurricane.

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  4. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    How could I have possibly missed national rum day! I love your addition of fresh ginger to the D&S. We’ve been drinking a lot of Goslings and Ginger Beer this summer… in fact, I am actually really liking it with Hansen’s diet Ginger Ale. It has a nice bite that most ginger ales don’t.

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  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    The boat drinks sounds good! I love mojitos and also caipirinhas.

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  6. Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant’s avatar

    Mmm love rum! My favorite rum drink is probably a classic daquiri – light and citrusy.

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  7. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    I love this holiday! ;) I love mixing rum in mojitos and dark and stormys!

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  8. Eric King’s avatar

    YAY!! Its Rum Day , on a Tuesday, makes it feel like a Friday, YAY!!

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  9. A’s avatar

    I did not know it is national rum day! I will have to celebrate now :)!

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  10. Emily @ Life on Food’s avatar

    I love foodie holidays too. I didn’t know about this one though but I like the idea of celebrating it. Never thought to use coconut water in cocktails but it is definitely a great idea.

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  11. Julie’s avatar

    I love Rum Punch and I love the way you served drinks in those beautiful dishes!! Gotta love an heirloom! =)

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  12. Megan’s avatar

    Both cocktails sound really good. I’ve recently gotten into coconut water, and I can see how it would make a fun drink! My favorite rum drink would definitely be a mojito.

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  13. Smartypanties’s avatar

    Sorry I missed national rum day! The coconut water seems like a great addition to your drink!!

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  14. Edible Potential’s avatar

    LOVE it!!! Appreciate how you show what actual products you used…thanks!

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  15. Michelle’s avatar

    I totally drank enough rum last weekend that I celebrated enough for today! ha! That might be a little sad actually. Perhaps I can just use that as my excuse :)

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