Posted on: August 14, 2023 Posted by: Utamu Belle Comments: 0

With National Rum Day just around the corner, there is no better time to try out these fun and easy cocktail recipes.

Toast to friends and family during the observance on August 16, with recipes crafted by some of the most recognized establishments across the United States.

They’ve given us the inside scoop on their sizzling ‘must-try’ rum cocktails, that are sure to set the tone of the tropics this Rum Day and the rest of summer.

‘The James’ – by The Madison Hotel – Washington, D.C.

Colonial in design with a contemporary twist, The Madison Hotel was inspired by fourth President James Madison’s estate in the Virginia foothills. Celebrating a monumental 60th anniversary, they are serving a toast to Mr. Madison by serving his favorite cocktail, “The James.” The smooth bite of rum is blended with a dash of bitters and elevated with champagne.


1.5 oz Appleton (or an alternative dark Jamaican rum)

Champagne of choice

Angostura bitters

Mint sprig


Pour rum into a champagne flute and add a dash of Angostura bitters. Stir lightly. Top with champagne of choice and garnish with a mint sprig.









Myers’s Mai Tai by George’s of Galilee — South County, Rhode Island 

Enjoy spectacular harbor views with one of George’s of Galilee’s signature cocktails, the Myers’s Mai Tai. Thriving with flavor, the Mai Tai is a local favorite that offers a blended refreshing and tart taste mixed well with rum and fresh fruit.


1.5oz Myers’s Platinum Rum

0.5oz Orange Curacao

0.5oz Giffard’s Orgeat Syrup

Pineapple and OJ

lime juice

Myers Dark Rum Floater


Add the Myers platinum rum as foundation and a splash of Orange Curacao and Orgeat Syrup. Leisurely pour the pineapple and OJ quickly after. Add a squeeze of lime juice and top it off with a floater of Myers dark rum. Garnish with an orange and maraschino cherry.

 Dark N’ Stormy by The Black Pearl — Newport, Rhode Island 

 The Black Pearl’s classic Dark N’ Stormy is an exceptional cocktail that offers simplicity, elegance, and complex flavor with just beer and liquor.


Goslings Ginger Beer

1.5 oz Goslings Dark Rum


Pour your ginger beer a smidge above the half-way mark of your glass, then pour your 1.5oz of Goslings dark rum on top.

Niagara Splash by Niagara Falls State Park – Niagara Falls, NY 

For a refreshing cocktail that’s reminiscent of its home at Niagara Falls State Park, the Niagara Splash combines the flavors of coconut, rum, coconut water, lime and Blue Curacao.


1.5 oz Coconut Rum

2 oz Coconut Water

1 oz Simple Syrup

1 oz Lime Juice

0.25 oz Blue Curacao

1 oz Club Soda (Top with)

GARNISH: Dehydrated Lime Wheel, Mint Sprig


Combine all ingredients (except Club Soda) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a Hurricane glass. Top with Club Soda and garnish with lime and mint.

Illumination by Space 220 – Orlando, FL 

Blast off into space with this delicious rum cocktail from out of this world! Served at Space 220 – a futuristic restaurant set in outer space located at Disney’s EPCOT – the Illumination cocktail is a fun fruity rum celebration. This over-the-top creation is made with Bacardi Superior Rum and Malibu Coconut Rum and combines four fruit flavors from Twisted Alchemy, including Passionfruit, Blood Orange, Pineapple and Lime Sour. But the ingredient that really sets this drink apart is the Passion Fruit Boba, which creates a wild burst-in-your-mouth experience.


1 oz Bacardi Superior Rum

1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum

1 oz Twisted Alchemy Passionfruit

1 oz Twisted Alchemy Blood Orange Juice

1 oz Twisted Alchemy Pineapple Juice

0.5 oz Twisted Alchemy Lime Sour

GARNISH: Mint, Passion Fruit Boba


Combine all liquid ingredients into a small shaker tin. Add ice and shake 20 times. Double strain into a Collins glass using a Hawthorne strainer. Garnish with mint and passion fruit boba.

Dark Horse by Marquesa Hotel – Key West, FL 

Nestled discreetly in historic Old Town Key West, the Marquesa Hotel welcomes guests with a serene retreat – featuring a complex of restored Victorian homes, three sparkling swimming pools, lush tropical gardens and the sophisticated Café Marquesa, where the Dark Horse can be sipped and savored. As an ode to summer, relax on a sun-splashed veranda with beverage in hand, while soaking up the last bit of the season.


1.5 oz Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum

0.5 oz Chery herring liqueur

0.5 oz Antica sweet vermouth

0.5 oz B&B

3 cherries (Garnish)


Combine ingredients, add ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with cherries on a cocktail pick.

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