The month of August calls for savoring the last bit of summer fun, and what better way than with a little rum. In honor of National Rum Month, these 6 rum-infused cocktails will take you on a journey from the bright blue waters of the Caribbean to the plush highlands of Guatemala.

Born in Barbados
Rum was the first alcoholic spirit produced in the New World, in Barbados to be exact. This little Caribbean island is home to Mount Gay Rum Distilleries, which produces the starring ingredient in Elegant Hotels’ signature Rum Punch, which isn’t lacking any punch.


Rum Punch

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Mount Gay Eclipse rum
1 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice
4 oz.water
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 dash ground nutmeg
1/2 oz. Velvet Falernum

Method:
Mix the rum, simple syrup, lime juice and water in a Collins glass over ice. Float Falernum and finish with one dash each of bitters and ground nutmeg. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a cherry.

Guatemala in a Glass
Made with native ingredients like hibiscus extract and Zacapa Rum 23 – a dark rum aged between 6 and 23 years in the Guatemalan mountaintops – the Rosa Palopo is Casa Palopo’s signature cocktail, which is best enjoyed when paired with the hotel’s panoramic views of Lake Atitlan.

Casa Palopo

Rosa Palopo

Ingredients:

2 oz. Zacapa Rum 23
5 oz. fresh watermelon puree
2 oz. hibiscus water (made with hibiscus extract)
1 tbs. sugar
Squeeze of fresh lime juice

Method:

Mix all ingredients in a shaker and pour over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

The Island of Rums
The San Juan Marriott in Puerto Rico is located near the Casa Bacardi Distillery, which produces the 4 different types of rum in the resort’s Rum Island cocktail. Although it’s not on the menu at the Red Coral Lounge, simply mention it to the bartender and he’ll know exactly what to do.

San Juan Marriott

Rum Island

Ingredients:

1/2 oz. Bacardi Coco
1/2 oz. Bacardi Dragonberry
1/2 oz. Bacardi Apple
1/2 oz. Bacardi Lemon
2 oz. sour
2 oz. cranberry juice

Method:

Mix all ingredients in a shaker and pour over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry.

Arriba Aruba
With an ounce of aloe juice — Aruba’s biggest export – and a mix of tropical juices, the Aruba Marriott Resort’s Aloe Rum Punch will transport you to the turquoise beaches of this happy Caribbean island.

Aruba Marriott Resort

Aloe Rum Punch

Ingredients:
3/4 oz. Bacardi Rum
2 oz. aloe juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. orange juice
1 dash grenadine

Method:

Mix all ingredients in a shaker and pour over ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Fresh off the Farm
Pre-made mixes are a no-no at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, home to a hydroponic farm where they grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, including the mint in this frozen mojito.

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

Fresh Frozen Mojito

Ingredients:

2 oz. white rum
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simply syrup
Fresh mint leaves
Crushed iced

Method:

Mix all ingredients in a blender and pour into a short glass.


An Old Bar Secret

Netto Bar

If you’re inspired to travel in the name of rum, Netto Bar’s Ròm Bèrdè, also known as “Green Rum,” is a must-try when in Curaçao. Located in the capital city of Willemstad, Netto Bar has been a popular hangout for locals and visitors. You can’t shake this one up at home — the ingredients of their infamous green rum have been a secret since it opened its doors 60 years ago. For more information, visit NettoBar.com.

 

By Luisana Suegart

Luisana Suegart is a communications professional, recipe developer and food writer based in Miami. She is founder of The Fit Cook blog, where she has published more than 200 healthy recipes, and a frequent contributor to Siempre Mujer, a Spanish-language national lifestyle publication.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. DBCoop says:

    Since the final days of summer, temperature-wise, don't end in Palm Springs until well into October, I still have plenty of time left to enjoy at least 5 of the 6 tempting rum-infused cocktails.

    As for Willemstad's "Green Rum," I was fortunate enough to sample it while on the island a few years ago. I'd say it's reason enough to return, but the sun and fun of the tropical Curacao vibe makes it all the more alluring.

  2. Travel Xpert says:

    I'm a World Traveler with 20 years experience, and this is my list of Top 10 Rum Cocktails to Try: 1) Rum & Coke, 2) Piña Colada, 3) Hurricane,
    4) Mojito, 5) Mai Tai, 6) Strawberry Daiquiri, 7) Bahama Mama,
    8) Rum Punch, 9) Zombie, 10) Long Beach Tea. Enjoy!!!

  3. For me, a mojito is one of the drinks where it's either awesome or someone messed up with the mint. This usually means its one that I'm hesitant to order at a new place. However, I'm glad to know that I can get a really solid mojito at the CuisinArt resort.

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