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10 Cocktails to Enjoy in Palm Beach County for National Rum Day

Ho, Ho, Ho and a bottle of rum!

Plus fresh mint, strawberries, house-made apple rosemary syrup, sour mix, grenadine, fresh pineapple, cream of coconut and a host of other intoxicating ingredients. Not all in one drink, but all included in concoctions listed here.

Celebrate National Rum Day on Aug. 16 by quaffing your rum thirst at home (alert: recipes listed below!) or raising a cold glass with buds at a bar or over dinner. These drinks are so gorgeous that just the photos will cool you off!

A list of Broward and Miami-Dade drinks will run on Aug. 16.

City Cellar

Dragonberry Strawberry Mojito at City Cellar

Serving a duet: The Tropical Martini ($13) has Flor de Cana rum, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, pineapple juice, and a splash of grenadine. The Dragonberry Strawberry Mojito ($10) has strawberry purée, fresh mint, Bacardi Dragonberry rum, and a twist of lime poured over ice and crowned with club soda. Rosemary Square, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach;

Tropical Martini

  • 2 ounces Flor de Cana Rum
  • 1 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 
  • ½ ounce pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice 
  • ½ ounce orange Juice
  • 1 orange wedge (garnish)
  • 1 maraschino cherry (garnish)

Directions: In a shaker glass, add rum, maraschino liqueur, and fruit juices. Shake briskly then pour mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh orange wedge and maraschino cherry.

Dragonberry Strawberry Mojito

  • 2½ ounces Bacardi Dragonberry Rum
  • 1 ounce Real Strawberry Purée
  • 8 fresh mint leaves 
  • 3 lime wedges
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • 1 strawberry (garnish)  

Directions: In a shaker glass, muddle mint leaves and lime wedges. Add rum, strawberry purée, and simple syrup. Shake briskly then pour mixture over ice into a pint glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

The Parched Pig

Apple a Day at The Parched Pig

Offering the Classic House Mojito ($12) or more complex sips like the Apple A Day ($14) with Grander Rum, Antica Carpano, Cynar and house-made apple rosemary syrup topped with torched dehydrated apple and rosemary sprigs. 4580 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens;

Bonefish Grill

Fresh Pineapple Martini at Bonefish Grill

The Fresh Pineapple Martini ($9.90) features Malibu Rum, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, fresh pineapple, lemon and vanilla bean simple syrup. All locations,

Deck 84

Key Lime Martini at Deck 84 (Photo by Gyorgy Papp Photography)

Try two drinks that have been popular since this venue opened, the Key Lime Martini ($12) with Papa’s Pilar Rum, Keke Key Lime Liqueur, House-made sour mix, Monin Vanilla Syrup; and the Deck Punch ($13) with Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, dark rum floater. 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach;

Death or Glory

Mai Tai at Death or Glory

This beauty is made from a house rum blend, dry Curaçao, orgeat, lime juice and garnished with an orange rose. 116 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach;

The Cooper

The Painkiller ($11) is a twist on the piña colada and a rich, fruity toast to tiki bars that includes Plantation 5 year rum, Coco Lopez, pineapple and orange juices, and shaved nutmeg. Or try The Cooper Winter ($11) with Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, demerara, and lime. 4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens;

Boston’s on the Beach

The Green Monstah at Boston’s on the Beach (Photo by Gyorgy Papp Photography)

Hit a home run with a drink named for the famous left field wall at Fenway Park, The Green Monstah ($11). This is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, Midori Melon Liqueur, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice. 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach;

Tin Roof

Pineapple Coconut Mojito and Blood Orange Mojito at Tin Roof

A pair of mojitos is beckoning here, the Pineapple Coconut Mojito ($11) with Blue Chair Coconut Rum, pineapple, mint, toasted coconut and soda; and the Blood Orange Mojito ($11) with Blue Chair Coconut Spiced Rum, mint, lime, blood orange and Sprite. Eight E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach;

Louie Bossi’s

Italian Mojito at Louie Bossi’s

The Italian Mojito heads up the menu here, with Oak & Cane Local Rum, lemon/lime juice, Aperol, Prosecco, and more lime and mint. 100 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton;

Italian Mojito

  • 2 ounces Oak & Cane Local Rum
  • 1 ounce lemon/lime juice
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 2 ounces Prosecco
  • 3 lime wedges
  • 3 bunches of mint

Shake all ingredients except for prosecco. Pour into mason jar. Top with prosecco.

Farmer’s Table

There is a Garden to Glass rum drink featured: the Watermelon Blackberry Mojito ($11), made with Bacardi Rum, organic watermelon, organic lemon juice, smashed with blackberries, lime and mint. 1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton;

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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