With area rum fans awaiting the West Palm Beach opening of the Black Coral Rum Distillery at The District (where Steam Horse Brewing Company opens tomorrow), we can still party with National Rum Day on Aug. 16.
As usual, we have multiple restaurants and bars in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties where the rum cocktail creations are both beautiful and delicious. Pick a place from this list, grab a stool or table and raise a glass to the national day.
Palm Beach County
Burger Bar: A burger place isn’t normally where one would find rum, but it is in Burger Bar’s case. Try the intriguingly named Haitian Divorce (pictured, $10) with Flor de Cana rum, honey syrup and chocolate bitters. 4650 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 561/630-4545; burgerbar.com
Hilton West Palm Beach: After a complimentary rum cocktail in the lobby, you can try a Grapefruit Floradita (pictured above, $14) with Island Company rum, lime, grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur, or a number of other specials, along with steel drum music by the Victor Ross band. 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/231-6100; hiltonwestpalmbeach.com
The Beauty and the Beeeef: Try the Head Hunter (pictured) with Captain Morgan spiced rum, Malibu coconut rum, banana liqueur, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice and cherry bitters. Or one of the other special rum cocktails on the menu. 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington; thebeautyandthebeeeef.com/restaurants/florida/
Bonefish Grill: Try the Coral Reef Punch (pictured), made with Bacardi Maestro Rum, Malibu Coconut Rum, passionfruit and house-made vanilla bean simple syrup, orange and pineapple juices, with bitters. Starting Aug. 14, with every donation at Bonefish Grill of $1, the restaurant will donate $5, up to $100,000. Charity and good rum punch. Love it. All locations, bonefishgrill.com
3030 Ocean and Sea Level: The Tipsy Turtle (pictured) will make a blue sky more blue, and $1 from each sale of this drink will be donated to sea turtle conservation. Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954/765-3030; harborbeachmarriott.com
Burlock Coast: This rum lover’s paradise holds more than 150 varieties of rum, with a separate Rum Room (pictured). So it figures that the drink specials on Aug. 16 will include $5 rum punch with Santa Teresa rum, $1 oysters and $5 tapas from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are lots of special rum cocktails, so you can try a number of rums. The Ritz-Carlton, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/302-6460; burlockcoast.com
Lona Cocina y Tequileria: Even though tequila is in the name here, you can overlook the ocean (pictured) and sip a Las Olas Mojito with Don Q rum, lime, mint and soda, or one of the other special rum concoctions. Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/245-3069; lonarestaurant.com
Beaker & Gray: Here the Bumble Date drink (pictured, $14) is made with Santa Teresa 1796, Strega Liqueur, honey and medjool date, for a combo of sweet and natural flavors. More rum specials on the menu. 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305/699-2637; beakerandgray.com
Living Room at W South Beach: This relaxed, upscale lounge will feature the Tropic Punch, with Guatemalan aged rum, orange and pineapple, agave, egg white and nutmeg. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/938-3000; wsouthbeach.com
Novecento: Try an Argentinean drink with the Sweet Surrender (pictured, $13) with rum, biscotti and dulce de leche for your dessert on National Rum Day. What a great way to end this holiday! All locations, novecento.com