Celebrate National Rum Day
If you need an excuse to take off early from work and drink rum … now you have it. August 16 is Nacional Día del Ron, which translates to "Let’s make up a holiday that gives us an excuse to drink rum".
And what better way to celebrate that made-up holiday than with your favorite rum-infused beverage?
In doing some basic research on this holiday, it appears that it was created by the rum industry (surprise!) to boost sales. There doesn’t seem to be any other reason. But do we really need a reason to celebrate?
How We’re Celebrating National Rum Day
Our normal "happy hour" drink at the PRDayTrips hacienda in Rio Grande is Diet Coke and gold rum. But today is no ordinary day!
So, we asked the folks on our Facebook page what drink we should make to celebrate National Rum Day. We asked them to choose between Daiquiri, something called "The Rainforest", or (for people watching their calories) something called "Skinny Summer Breeze".
There was no clear consensus, though we did have some suggestions for drinks that were not on the list of choices. So we made an executive decision and mixed up samples of both "The Rainforest" and "Skinny Summer Breeze", using the recipes from a Rums of Puerto Rico recipe book that we happen to have.
We chose this one because we liked the name. In the end, it tastes like coconut rum and pineapple juice, but with a higher octane.
- 1¼ ounce Coconut Puerto Rican Rum
- ¾ ounce clear Puerto Rican Rum
- 3 ounces Pineapple Juice
- ½ ounce Blue Curacao
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple and cherry.
Skinny Summer Breeze
This one has a light, coconut taste. It would be good at a picnic, or refreshing on a hot day.
- 2 ounces Coconut Puerto Rican Rum
- 2 ounces Club Soda
- splash of Pineapple Juice
- splash of Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients into a short glass filled with ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice.
Other Rum-based Treats
If "The Rainforest" and "Skinny Summer Breeze" are not to your liking, here are some other recipes we’ve published over the years that have rum as an essential ingredient …
Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink & drive.