Rum The Right Way for National Rum Day on August 16th

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Condado Vanderbilt | San Juan, Puerto Rico

As a luxury mainstay on the island, opening over 100 years ago, Condado Vanderbilt has recently debuted a new cocktail + mocktail menu at VC Lounge for guests to enjoy amidst the European-style Caribbean escape of Puerto Rico. Enjoy rum with a taste of the Vanderbilt Mojito, served in a rock glass with Barrilito rum, lime, brown sugar, and a mint garnish over crushed ice. Another option to enjoy poolside: the Luchetti Colada, with Barrilito rum, pineapple & coconut syrup, lemon juice, and China China Amer shaken and served in a highball glass. The leading luxury hotel offers experiences any others on the island, from the best dining destinations (including the renowned 1919, Puerto Rico’s only STK, Tacos & Tequila, VC Lounge, Ola) Restaurant) to fit every desire, the award-winning Vanderbilt spa that boasts the only Hammam on Puerto  Rico, exquisite rooms and suites, and more world-class experiences.


Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection | Santorini, Greece

For international travelers this summer, newly opened 363 Lounge at Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection (Imerovigli, Santorini) is serving up the island’s best rum cocktails this summer. Celebrate National Rum Day with the Spicy Baba, aged rich rum from the Caribbean mixed with ginger, sweet berries and sour lime – the critically acclaimed bar’s most famous cocktail since 2010. A lauded mainstay from Athens, Baba Au Rum—which has earned international acclaim on the World’s Best 50 Bars list and is known as the birthplace of Athens’ cocktail culture—also holds a residency at Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection this season with 363 Lounge. Founder Thanos Prunarus has debuted a new, avant-garde mixology menu featuring the best spirits from around the world, the collaboration with Baba Au Rum elevates Santorini’s island vibes. Guests can enjoy the unconventional cocktails from Baba Au Rum’s Athens menu as well as new and original libations crafted just for Grace Hotel that will be perfectly paired with a lite bites menu curated by Chef Lazarou. The bar is open to guests outside of the hotel and is Santorini’s most spirituous yet luxurious cocktail destination. Menu here.


Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection | Austin, Texas

Try the Polynesian Swizzle cocktail at Commodore Perry Estate for a refreshing cocktail to cool off in the Texas heat. It boasts a House Rum Blend, composed of Plantation Pineapple, Paranubes Oaxacan Rum, Plantation Overproof (2:2:1), along with Aperol, demerara, and a dash of tiki bitters. A Tepache Espuma mix to finish – Tepache, lime, and egg white – and a mint garnish make this the perfect summer treat. The property has recently debuted a new, immersive cocktail menu in The Mansion, inspired by the resort’s lush grounds, incorporating the tastes, smells, and sights in the property’s beloved rose garden. The Mansion’s Lead Mixologist, award-winning Sarah Rahl, a veteran of the industry who has held positions at Proper Hospitality and Four Seasons, states: “The theme is ‘Spring through Rose colored glasses at the Mansion’. My concept for the menu is that we can create a cocktail menu that runs the spectrum of one particular pantone: pinks, fuchsias, blush, and bright reds. All with vastly varying flavor profiles, including but not limited to body, texture, heat, herbaceousness, salinity, and fresh produce.” With this new female-led mixology program at The Estate, the property reaffirms its dedication to exceptional dining and celebrates the story of each cocktail’s unique inspiration and methods.


Mauna Kea Resort | Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii

Fredrico: The historic cocktail is synonymous with Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, as it was invented upon the sandy shores of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in the 1980s. For more than 30 years, the cocktail has been enjoyed by generations and symbolizes the relaxing tropical vibe at Mauna Kea Resort. 

Recipe: Blend 1.25 oz. Bacardi light rum, 1.25 Jack Daniels, 2-3 oz. of each of passion fruit, guava and orange juices with ice. Pour into a tropical cocktail glass and garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and orchid (if you have one!) to fully transport you to the white sandy shores of Hawaii.


Fairmont Century Plaza | Century City, Los Angeles

New Formalist: Following the property’s billion dollar property-wide transformation, The Bar at Fairmont Century Plaza features music that has flowed through the veins of the Century Plaza since its inception. From Sonny & Cher’s weekly residence to Mariah Carey’s big debut, Elton John’s monumental performance and everyone in between, Century Plaza has been a home for all artists, emerging to established musicians.  The homage to musical history continues today with live music at The Bar, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 4 to 8pm. From jazz to neo-soul and much more, we invite you to have a drink a rum cocktail and enjoy a curated music selection. The specialty rum cocktail, New Formalist, features Yuzu plantation pineapple rum, sakura cherry blossom + calpico, and kakigori shaved ice.


Ponte Vedra Inn & Club | Ponte Vedra, Florida

Located on Florida’s Atlantic coast, Ponte Vedra is a premier year-round destination and the AAA Five-Diamond resort, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, shines as the crown jewel of the seaside locale. Guests can celebrate National Rum Day this year with a fan favorite rum-based cocktail, The Zombie, that will transport you to the tropical, white sand shores of Ponte Vedra upon first sip. Crafted with Zaya Rum, Bumbu Rum, Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice, Crème of Coconut, Cinnamon Syrup, and Angostura Bitters, The Zombie tastes like vacation in a glass. The rum cocktail is available at Ponte Vedra’s restaurant, The Tavern, a lively and sophisticated eatery and lounge boasting craft cocktails developed by professionals who champion the art of mixology. 


Perry Lane Hotel | Savannah, GA

Available on Perry Lane’s summer menu at the hotel’s swanky rooftop cocktail bar, Peregrin, guests and locals can enjoy new rum cocktails including the Pine Warbler and Friend of Dorothy. The a beautiful bright cocktail, the Pine Warbler, includes bourbon, pineapple rum, lemon, mango nectar, pineapple syrup and ginger ale (image here). Another refreshing summer rum drink, the Friend of Dorothy includes spiced rum, oregat, orange juice, lime, grenadine and helfrie bitters (image here).


Shore Lodge | McCall Idaho 

Mai Tai d’Percy: This rum-based drink features passion fruit, orange juice, and a hint of pineapple for the ultimate citrusy flavor profile.

Recipe: Fill shaker with ice, add Captain Morgan, triple sec, mango puree, juices and orgeat, shake well, pour over ice in a beer glass and top with .75 oz. myers dark rum and cherry liqueur, garnish with a pineapple wedge and Maraschino Cherry


  •     1oz. Captain Morgan
  •     .75 oz. Myers Dark Rum
  •     .5 oz. Amaretto d’ Amore
  •     .5 Mango Puree 
  •     1oz Pineapple and Orange Juice 
  •     .5 oz Orgeat 
  •     .5 Amaretto d’ Amore

The Bar: The essence that originally forged McCall’s fiery reputation continues to thrive today in a bar that handcrafts the finest spirits and provisions in the Pacific Northwest. Located within Shore Lodge, The Bar offers elevated bar food, spectacular views, signature drinks, and spacious seating to accommodate the whole crew.


Condado Ocean Club | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Located steps from the hotel at Plaza del Ancla, SANDBOX sits in a popular breezy spot that highlights the cool and modern personality of Condado. Inside Condado Ocean Club’s oceanfront bar, the vibe is relaxed-chic and is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail after a day at the beach or a walk around the neighborhood. Guests can sip on a What a Hunch Punch with their feet in the sand(box) and enjoy the sounds of the ocean waves and some of life’s greatest pleasures: good food, good company, and good music! What a Hunch Punch combines bacardí black, bacardí coconut, amaretto, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine – perfect for National Rum Day. 


La Concha Resort | San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Lobby Bar at La Concha Resort is a great place for guests to relax while enjoying a Rum with Me cocktail (Don Q7 Rum, Averna, fresh lime juice, black tea syrup, & orange bitters) while enjoying each other’s company. La Concha Resort has become one of Puerto Rico’s premier destinations for spectacular beaches, stunning views, and impeccable dining experiences. Guests will take in the tropical landscape, breathe the fresh salt air, and experience something truly delicious.