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Celebrate National Rum Day is August 16: Mix It Up with One of These Wicked Drinks

National Rum Day is on August 16, so head to the liquor store as soon as you can to stock up on ingredients to use to celebrate. Rum was created all the way back in the early 1600s, and up until 1970, the British Royal Navy gave sailors a daily ration of rum. Plus, they always kept it stocked on their ships along with water and beer. Since it’s never a good idea to drink and operate a boat, you should probably stay home for the holiday and try drinking some of these delicious rum drinks, or get a designated captain for the ship.

Pina Colada

If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, you need to mix together this drink for National Rum Day. All you need is some pineapple juice, pineapple slices, coconut cream, white rum, dark rum, and a bit of ice. This is one of the most well-known drinks that contains rum, so even if you’ve never tried it before, you know it’s going to taste delicious. It’s no wonder why rum sales are over $2 billion in the U.S. every year!

Classic Hurricane

This drink made its debut at the World Fair in 1939. It’s made from light rum, dark rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime, simple syrup, and grenadine. If you didn’t have the money to take a vacation this summer, then you can at least splurge on the ingredients in this recipe in order to feel like you’re on a tropical island drinking fruity drinks. After all, 80 percent of the world’s rum comes from the beautiful Caribbean.

Blue Hawaii

Not only is this drink delicious, but it looks fabulous. It has a blue tint and was created back in 1957 by a bartender in Hawaii, which is how the name originated. If you’d like to taste it yourself, all you need is light rum, vodka, pineapple juice, Blue Curacao liquor, and sweet and sour mix. It might surprise you Americans consume 30 million gallons of rum a year, in comparison to early colonists who consumed 12 million gallons a year. But then again, based off of liquor consumption numbers, it may not surprise you at all.

Dark And Stormy

If you’re not willing to buy a dozen bottles of liquor to create one cocktail, then you should stick to making this drink. In order to create the Dark and Stormy all you need is rum, ginger beer, and lime juice. It’s rare to find a delicious cocktail that doesn’t take a handful of ingredients to create, so you should be thankful the Dark and Stormy exists. Of course, while you’re sipping on something dark, you might as well tell your friends a dark story about a general named Admiral Nelson. After he died in battle, he had his body preserved in a bucket of rum before he was buried. That’s why rum is occasionally called Nelson’s Blood.

Mai Tai

Mai Tais were created back in the 1930s by Victor Bergeron Jr. This delicious drink requires rum, lime juice, simple syrup, orgeat, and ice. However, before you begin, you should learn how to create simple syrup, so you don’t have to buy it at the store. In the long run, it’ll help you save money and create a better tasting cocktail. Of course, it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on ingredients, because you’ll never buy something as pricy as Wray And Nephew, the most expensive bottles of rum in existence, selling for $40,000 per bottle.

Long Island Ice Tea

If you want to get wasted for the holiday by drinking something strong, then you can mix together a Long Island Ice Tea. Even though it looks like typical ice tea, it has a completely different taste. It was created in 1972 during a cocktail creation contest when a man decided to mix together vodka, gin, white rum, white tequila, triple sec, sour mix, and coke. It’s certainly not a beverage meant for lightweights. You shouldn’t worry about waking up looking like a mess, because in the 1800s, rum was considered a type of beauty product that could clean hair and strengthen roots.

Now you have the recipes to create a delightful celebration for National Rum Day. Crank up the blender, break out the mini-umbrellas, and invite the friends you know will enjoy the holiday to the fullest extent of their ability.


What’s your favorite cocktail that contains rum?




Holly Riordan
Holly Riordan
Holly is an aspiring sci-fi writer who currently writes lifestyle articles for All Women Stalk and News Cult. She's a fan of comedy movies, ridiculous puns, and is the owner of a pup named Ferris (last name Bueller).