While you don’t need an excuse to sip a rum cocktail, National Rum Day on August 16 is the perfect occasion to indulge in this popular spirit. From refreshing mojitos to events celebrating all things rum, here are five ways to toast the holiday around New York City.
1. Share a rum drink with friends
Sip for two or more (in a pineapple!) at The LCL: Bar & Kitchen.
The chic space at The LCL: Bar & Kitchen makes it easy to lounge for hours. It’s also great for groups, especially if you order the Romero’s Revenge. This riff on the classic zombie cocktail features two types of rum mixed with fruit juice and is served in a frozen pineapple. It’s more than big enough to share with a party of two or more. 212 E. 42nd St., 212-405-4399
2. Make a rum drink at home
The handcrafted cocktails at Piora are always a hit. If you want to start the festivities early, the Copa Rico with Caliche rum is easy enough to make at home—or you could always just belly up to the bar. 430 Hudson St., 212-960-3801
2 ounces Caliche rum
1 ounce Nanbue Bijin plum sake
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Dash of orange bitters
Stir all ingredients and serve over ice.
3. Conduct your own rum tasting all day long
Choose from a variety of rum drinks at La Bodega 47 Social Club in Harlem.
It’s hard to pick your poison when the buzzy La Bodega 47 Social Club carries over 100 premium bottles of rum. From Caribbean-themed drinks to barrel-aged rums, the options are endless at this Harlem bar. The cocktails also pair perfectly with the fun Latin American menu. 161 Lenox Ave., 212-280-4700
4. Sip rum on a rooftop with a view
What’s better than taking in the sweeping 360-degree views from Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel? Enjoying them with a drink in hand. On National Rum Day, their Rum Service—a balanced drink of Montecristo rum, honey, fresh pear, and lime zest—will be served all day long. 145 E. 50th St., 212-888-1220
5. Get National Rum Day started early with a rum drink at brunch
The Bloody Jerry from Mother's Ruin is basically a meal in a glass.
If your weekend brunch involves a Bloody Mary, up your game on Saturday with a Bloody Jerry—made with Sailor Jerry rum and topped with everything from waffle fries to pickles. The over-the-top rendition of the weekend favorite is one you won’t feel embarrassed to order at Mother’s Ruin, a great watering hole that feels like your local bar, but still offers a serious cocktail program. 18 Spring St., 212-219-0942