Cruzan Rum: A Diamond in the Rum for National Rum Day

As we’ve stated before, summer is the season of Rum, and August is when we honor the distilled alcohol made from sugarcane or molasses. August is National Rum Month, and Wednesday, August 16th is National Rum Day. What better way to celebrate than to taste the authentic spirit of the island of St. Croix with Cruzan Rum cocktails.

We recently highlighted their newest rum, Tropical Fruit Rum, to ring in Rum month, and wanted to share some more for National Rum Day. You will find four delicious cocktail recipes from some very talented mixologists from Austin, Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta.

Cruzan Aloe Can You Go (Serves 4-6)
Recipe by Justin Lavenue, Austin, TX

5 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1 part Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 part Falernum
4 parts Aloe Juice
2 parts Coconut Cream
2 parts Lime Juice
1 part Grapefruit Juice
Build ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Fill with crushed ice and stir well. Garnish with cucumber slices, mint sprigs, and grated nutmeg. Serve with 4-6 straws and enjoy!

Cruzan Star (Single serving)
Recipe by Julia Momose, Chicago, IL

1 1/2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Ambre Vermouth
1/4 part Simple Syrup
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with fresh pineapple, and enjoy!

Cruzan Crush (serves 4-6)
Recipe By Teddy Collins, Miami

4 parts Cruzan Vanilla Rum
4 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
6 parts Pineapple Juice
3 parts Lemon Juice
3 parts Apricot Simple Syrup*
Fresh Mint and Thyme
Combine lemon juice, apricot simple syrup, and pineapple juice into a cocktail bucket or punch bowl. Lightly smack 10 mint leaves and drop into the bucket along with 2 stems of thyme and muddle softly. Add rums, crushed ice and stir. Garnish with fresh mint, thyme, and 4-6 straws. Enjoy!

*Apricot Simple Syrup Instructions: Over medium heat, combine equal parts sugar and apricot juice. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Set aside and cool.

Cruzan LocoCoco (Serves 4-6)
Recipe By Tiffanie Barriere, Atlanta

8 parts Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum
8 parts Coconut Water
2 parts Pineapple Juice
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail bucket or punch bowl and stir for 30 seconds with a swizzle stick. Fill the bucket with fresh ice, stir once more and garnish with fresh pineapple, four straws, and enjoy!

There you have it, four great Cruzan Rum cocktails to help you celebrate National Rum Day. Which one of these rum cocktails is your favorite recipe?

Happy National Rum Day with Cruzan Rum, Mount Gay Rum, & Bacardi

If ever there was a day to take it easy, it is today, National Rum Day. No other spirit truly captures the idea of relaxing island vibe and life like rum. No matter what craziness you have going on today, take a moment to enjoy a cocktail or to and “take it easy, mon”. In honor of this great day (well, technically it’s National Rum Month), we present some very delicious cocktails you won’t want to miss. We’re bringing you great rum cocktail recipes from Cruzan Rum, known for their decadent varieties of flavored rums, Mount Gay Rum, which is the oldest rum distillery in the world at300+ years old, and Bacardi Rum, who’s taking rum from the beach to more classic and sophisticated cocktails. Ready to dive into some delicious and refreshing National Rum Day cocktails?

Cruzan Black Diamond Swizzle (Recipe by Jane Danger, NYC)

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1 1/2 parts Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 /2 part Bitter Red Liqueur
3/4 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
2 Fresh Strawberries
Muddle two strawberries in the bottom of a Belgian beer glass with the red bitter liqueur and fill with cracked or crushed ice. Then, in a cocktail shaker combine fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Whip and shake with no ice. Pour lime juice and cane mixture over ice, and fill again as needed. Gently float Cruzan Black Strap Rum on top. Garnish with berries and lime.

Cruzan Tropical Storm (Recipe by Teddy Collins, Miami)

Tropical Storm (Teddy)
2 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Fresh Mango Juice
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
In a cocktail shaker, combine Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, fresh lemon juice, and fresh mango juice. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for 8 seconds. Immediately strain into an ice filled tiki mug. Top with 2 dashes of bitters and sprinkle a pinch of crushed black peppercorn, to taste. Garnish with a fresh mint spring and tiki umbrella skewered with a maraschino cherry and fresh mango slice. Finish with a straw and enjoy!

Mount Gay Rum’s Barbadian Rum Punch

Rum Punch

1 Part Sour (lime juice)
2 Parts Sweet (simple syrup)
3 Parts Strong (rum, preferably Mount Gay Black Barrel)
4 Parts Week (water or unsweetened iced tea)

RUM Mule

Bacardi RUM Mule
1 part HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico
2 parts chilled ginger beer
2 lime wedges
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Fill highball glass with ice and squeeze in lime wedges. Pour in HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico rum and ginger beer. Complete by adding a dash of bitters and stir gently.

BACARDÍ 8 Old Fashioned

BACARDÍ 8 Old Fashioned
2 parts BACARDÍ® 8 Años rum
1 teaspoon sugar
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
0.5 part water
Orange peel for garnish
In an Old-Fashioned glass, pour in the sugar, water, and Angostura Bitters. Combine everything with a bar spoon (or muddler), add the BACARDÍ 8 Años. Fill the glass 3/4 of the way with large ice cubes and stir repeatedly, around 10 stirs. Top with a little fresh ice. Cut a piece of orange peel and squeeze over the cocktail before dropping it into the drink.

GRAN RESERVA Maestro Collins

Bacardi GRAN RESERVA Maestro Collins
2 parts BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp fine white sugar (caster sugar)
To fill: Soda or sparkling water
Pour the BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron, lemon juice, and caster sugar into a cocktail shaker with cubes of ice and then give it a good, hard shake. Fine strain the mixture into a serving glass and top it up with soda. Finish by garnishing it with a lemon peel.

East India Negroni

2 parts Banks 5-Island rum
1 part Campari
1 part Lustau East India sherry
Orange peel for garnish
Add all the ingredients but the garnish to a mixing glass, then add ice. Stir and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with the orange peel.

Will you be enjoying one of these cocktails on National Rum Day? We certainly will be. Enjoy the rum cocktails today and all month month long. Cheers to you all and Happy National Rum Day.

Life is More Fun with Rum: Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate #NationalRumDay

Once again it is time to celebrate the spirit that’s manufactured, distilled, and made long before any other, we’re talking about Rum of course. This Sunday, August 16th, a day we rum enthusiasts will surely celebrate, is National Rum Day. What better way to commemorate this revered day than with some delicious and refreshingly decadent rum based cocktail recipes. Since Rum has such a rich Caribbean history, it only makes sense to bring you some tropical cocktails from Cruzan Rum and National Geographic TV host of “CHUG” and spirits connoisseur, Zane Lamprey’s Monkey Rum. Today we share some delicious cocktail recipes to celebrate #NationalRumDay. Prepare yourself for something fresh and creamy with Cruzan Rum’s Blueberry Lemonade Rum, fruity and refreshing with Cruzan’s Estate Diamond Light Rum, and 9 Spiced Rum; and a few special concoctions that are sure to make you “go coconuts” with Monkey Rum’s Toasted Coconut Rum. Keep reading to see our must-try cocktail recipes.

Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Colada

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2 parts Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1 part Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a stemmed Hurricane glass and garnish with lemon zest.

Cruzan House Punch

Cruzan Rum House Punch

1 part Cruzan Estate Diamond® Light Rum
1/2 part Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
2 parts Fresh Pineapple Juice
1 part Fresh Mango Juice
1/2 part Fresh Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, mix well. Pour over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

Take a break from the basic pina colada and opt for the sweet combination of coconut, fresh lemon juice, and Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum. Let Cruzan’s Blueberry Lemonade Rum transport you to the islands, where nothing, including life, is rushed.  So this Sunday, sit back, relax with a delicious glass of Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Colada, and surrender to the “Don’t Hurry” lifestyle.

Monkey Rum Pineapple Coconut Martini


1 1/2 parts Monkey Toasted Coconut
2 parts pineapple juice
Lemon twist
Combine the Monkey Toasted Coconut and pineapple juice in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Watermelon Mojito

Mokapink gives you a good dose of culinart

2 parts Monkey Toasted Coconut
Watermelon Chunks
1/2 part lime juice
Pinch of sugar
Handful of mint leaves
Splash of ginger ale
Muddle watermelon chunks with the lime juice and pinch of sugar in a highball glass. Stir in a handful of mint leaves, then add Monkey Toasted Coconut and ice. Top with ginger ale.

Get that monkey off your back and into a delicious cocktail. For those who want to kick their cocktails into high gear this National Rum Day, try one of the two cocktails made with this adventurous rum, from a career connoisseur. Drink aficionado Zane Lamprey knows a good cocktail when he sees one, so it’s no surprise that he found immediate success with his Toasted Coconut and Spiced Rums. 100% distilled from Caribbean Molasses, these two rums will leave your palate with a nice finish and smoothness.

Got some great cocktail recipes to celebrate #NationalRumDay? Please share them with us.

Get Some R & R w/ Cruzan Rum | Toast to National Relaxation Day & National Rum Day

Are we surprised that National Relaxation Day and National Rum Day are a day apart? Not at all, we think the universe set it up this way for a very good reason – one doesn’t work without the other. Today we celebrate the two R’s – RUM and RELAXATION. So attention, all you rum-enthusiasts, we’re talking to you and sharing delicious cocktail recipes from Cruzan Rum to enjoy both days. Life can be stressful but you must remember to take time to slow down, breathe deeply and kick back and relax with a delicious Cru-Zen rum cocktail on tomorrow, August 15th, National Relaxation Day. This zen cocktail will have you in a calming mentality so the focus can remain on you and enjoying the day.Cru-Zen Cocktail

1 1/2 parts Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part White Vermouth
1/2 part Chamomile Syrup*
1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
Dash of Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake without ice to combine. Add ice, shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with two drops of Bitters.

*Chamomile Syrup: 
Steep two Chamomile Tea Bags in 8oz. hot water for 5 minutes to make double strength tea.
Add 8oz. sugar to tea and stir until sugar is dissolved. This syrup will be good for one month.

After you’re done relaxing, it’s time to kick up the festivities just a little bit. On National Rum Day, Saturday, August 16th, honor this celebratory day with a bit of coconut creme and peachy rum goodness. Seeing as August is also National Peach Month, the Cruzan Peach Perfect Day cocktail is an ideal drink to toast this national observance day.

Cruzan Peach Perfect Day

1 part Cruzan Peach Rum
1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Coconut Creme
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a Lime Wedge.

Got any rum cocktails you’d love to share? Feel free to recommend your favorites drinks with us.

Celebrate National Rum Day w/ Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum

I can hear the passion calling, can you? In two days, we get to celebrate the smooth, sensual flavor of the oldest distilled spirit in the world – Rum!! Yes, my dears, August 16th is National Rum Day – be sure to enjoy a rum cocktail accordingly. I mean what better way to celebrate National Rum Day than with a delicious rum cocktail, right? With rum, the cocktail options are endless, as this season-less spirit provides many timeless, modern and exotically delightful concoctions. Of course to enjoy this day you will need a great cocktail recipe to help you celebrate. I advise you to try a rum that’s more on the sweet and exotic side like St. Croix’s own Cruzan Passion Fruit Rum.

Light and summery, Cruzan® Passion Fruit combines fine Cruzan Rum with the taste of fresh passion fruit to create a rum with extraordinary flavor, bright fruity aroma and a sweet citrusy finish. A perfect blend to enjoy the exotic fruit and the last few carefree days of summer. At Cruzan, they believe in the Don’t Hurry lifestyle, where they take their time aging their finely crafted rums to deliver the perfect sipping experience for life’s wonderful moments that need to be savored. It doesn’t matter where you enjoy Cruzan Rum, but it does matter that you enjoy their Don’t Hurry lifestyle……at least once in a while. You can live in the now this National Rum Day with the delicious Cruzan® Pineapple Passion cocktail, an ultimate tropical escape.

Cruzan® Pineapple Passion

2 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum
2 parts Pineapple Juice
1 part Lime Juice
1/2 part Honey Syrup
2 Pineapple Chunks
Fresh grated Cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice and blend for 20 seconds. Pour into a cored pineapple and garnish with fresh mint. Note: Slice the top of the pineapple off a half-inch from the top. Core the inside of the pineapple. Don’t have a pineapple corer handy? Core your pineapple with an ice cream scoop! Make sure you don’t scoop all the way to the skin or your pineapple will leak. 

Warning: Enjoyment of this delicious cocktail may result in you putting your favorite song on repeat, taking the dog out for an extra long walk, being nice to people at the DMV, and sharing your favorite rum cocktail recipes…so be cautious and enjoy National Rum Day.