18 Cocktails for National Rum Day!

Screwdrivers, mojitos, rum runners and more tantalizing cocktails made with rum! 
-PJ Gach

 Captain's Agua Fresca lede image national rum dayTalk about timing! National Rum Day is tomorrow, Saturday, August 16, 2014! You could spend the day or the weekend celebrating the yumminess that is rum. Step away from the tired-but-true rum and coke and try on the Devil’s Seam, Tiki Screwdriver,Old Fashion Reserva ExclusivaKingston NegroniWatermelon PassionCaliente Daiquiri,a low-cal mojito, and check out the new rum from Chef Alex Garcia.

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18 amazing rum cocktail recipes will work for brunch, lunch or dinner.  And if you have a shower (bridal, baby, etc.,) in your future, the Hurricane Passion Punch from the FoodNetwork.com is an easy crowd pleaser.

Old Jamaican 
By Willy Shine

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Ingredients: |
1 1/2 oz. Appleton® Estate V/X Jamaica Rum 
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice 
1/2 oz. demerara syrup (2-1 sugar to water) 
Dash of orange bitters 
6 to 8 mint leaves 
Champagne 
Mint sprig 
Directions:
Shake & double strain ingredients over fresh ice into a highball glass and add champagne, garnish with a mint sprig & serve.

 Old Fashion Reserva Exclusiva

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Ingredients: 
2 ½ ounces of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva 
1raw sugar cube 
3 dashes Angostura Bitters  
Orange slices 
Splash of club soda 
Directions: 
Place the sugar cube in a large  tumbler, or Old Fashioned glass, and drench in the bitters allowing the sugar to dissolve a  bit. Add the orange slice and muddle all  of the ingredients together. Fill glass with ice and top with the rum, stir and a splash of club soda. Garnish with an orange slice.

Dew Rum Runner

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Ingredients:  
1 oz. Shellback Silver Rum 
1/2 oz. Malibu 
1/2 oz. Midori  
1/2 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice 
4 oz. Mountain Dew 
Cherry for Garnish 
Orange for Garnish 
Directions:  
Combine ice, rum, liqueurs and pineapple juice in shaker and shake well. Strain ingredients over fresh ice into large glass. Top with Mountain Dew and garnish with orange and cherry.

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 Hurricane Passion Punch
Courtesy of the FoodNetwork.com 

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Ingredients: 
Two 33.4-ounce boxes passion fruit juice (about 8 cups) 
One 46-ounce can pineapple juice 
3 cups light rum 
2 cups fresh orange juice 
2 cups dark rum 
1 cup grenadine 
1/2 teaspoon almond extract 
Orange wedges, for garnish 
Maraschino cherries, for garnish 
Directions: 
Mix the passion fruit juice, pineapple juice, light rum, orange juice, dark rum, grenadine and almond extract together in a gallon-size container. Chill until ready to serve. Pour the punch into a large punch bowl for serving. Serve in glasses filled with ice. Garnish with an orange wedge and a maraschino cherry.

Phusion Spicy Gimlet 
Created by Privateer’s mixologist, Kevin Martin (former bar manager of Boston’s award-winning Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks)

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Ingredients: 
2 oz. Privateer Silver Reserve Rum 
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 
1 oz. Simple Syrup 
1 slice Jalapeño 
6 cilantro leaves 
Small pinch of salt 
Directions: 
Combine ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and shake until properly chilled and diluted.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a smacked cilantro leaf. 
Heat can be adjusted by adding more or less jalapeño.

Big Kablue-na

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Ingredients: 
1 ½ oz.  Bacardi Rock Coconut Rum 
½ oz. Blue Curacao 
½ oz. Lime Juice 
2 ½ oz. Hard Rock Pina Colada Mix 
Garnish: Pineapple wedge, lime wedge speared, mint sprig 
Directions: 
Shake all ingredients without ice. Pour into ice filled glass.

Dancing Pear

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Ingredients:
2 oz. Copacabana 1940
0.5 Canton ginger liqueur
0.5 St. Germain elderflower
3 lime wedges
2 dashes few brothers bitters
Tablespoon of pear purée 
Directions: 
Muddle limes and shake everything. Pour over ice in mini pilsner. I would garnish with pear fan but orange slice works. 

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White, Pineapple, Splash of Soda

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Ingredients: 
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan White® Rum 
5 oz. pineapple juice 
1 oz. soda 
Directions: 
Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in the Captian Morgan White® Rum. Top with the pineapple juice and splash of soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Sassy Sangrito

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Ingredients: 
2 parts Skinnygirl® Sangria 
1 part light white rum 
Apple slices, diced 
Orange slices, peeled and diced 
6 fresh mint leaves 
Directions: 
 Mix sangria and rum over ice. Add in diced fruit. Stir, garnish with mint leaves and enjoy!

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