- Celebrate - National Rum Day

16 August is National Rum Day, so what better way to celebrate than with a rum cocktail? Rum is one of the most versatile spirits out there, so why not try something new?

If you're looking for ideas, here are some of our favourite, classic rum cocktails:

Mojito

Cuba's national cocktail. Almost any white rum will make a tasty drink, but for authenticity we recommend one from Cuba.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Havana Club 3yo
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • soda water to top up

Method

  • 1. Gently bruise the mint in the base of the glass.
  • 2. Add the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup.
  • 3. Half fill glass with ice and stir vigorously.
  • 4. Add more ice and stir again. Top up with soda.
  • 5. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime slice.
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Old Fashioned

Usually a whisky cocktail, but it works really well with a quality golden rum – it's all about the spirit, with sugar and bitters emphasising its flavours.

Ingredients

  • 60ml Diplomatico Reserva
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 3ml sugar syrup
  • 5ml Velvet Falernum (optional)

Method

  • 1. Stir the rum with three ice cubes until chilled.
  • 2. Add sugar, Angostura, optional falernum and two more ice cubes.
  • 3. Stir until very cold, add more ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Planter's Punch

A Caribbean classic – a brilliantly fruity long drink that's both refreshing and packed with summery flavour. Go for a rich dark rum to make sure the spirit shines.

Ingredients

  • 45ml Bacardi Carta Negra
  • 35ml orange juice
  • 35ml pineapple juice
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • 10ml grenadine
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

Method

  • 1. Pour all the ingredients apart from the bitters into a shaker with lots of ice.
  • 2. Shake well and pour into a tall glass of ice.
  • 3. Add the Angostura and garnish with a cocktail cherry and slice of orange.
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