5 Traditionally Not-Rum Cocktails to Celebrate National Rum Day

Vodka, tequila, and gin-lovers alike will enjoy these rum alternatives to their usual go-to drinks


Get ready to [rum]bleeeeeeee with these inventive, yet classic, cocktails.

Rum isn’t just for vacations anymore. These five recipes prove that rum ― aged, neat, or on the rocks ― can be just as exciting as any whiskey or bourbon (or whatever you usually drink). David Cid, Bacardi’s global brand master of rum and cane spirits, shows us the best rum variations on classic recipes, including an Old Fashioned and mule, that are guaranteed to turn you into a rum fan.

Celebrate National Rum Day on Aug. 16 with the rum of your choice, such as Bacardi, one of the largest spirits companies in the world. Bacardi rum is always a good choice to grab on your way to the party. Chances are you have a bottle as we speak!

Bacardi 8 Old Fashioned


1/2 part water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
2 parts Bacardi 8 Años rum
Orange peel, to garnish

Prep: In an Old Fashioned glass, pour in the sugar, water, and Angostura bitters. Combine everything with a bar spoon (or muddler), and add the Bacardi 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

2 parts Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons fine white sugar (caster sugar)
Soda or sparkling water
Lemon peel, to garnish

Prep: Pour the Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron, lemon juice, and caster sugar into a cocktail shaker with cubes of ice and give it a good, hard shake. Fine strain the mixture into a serving glass and top off with soda. Garnish with a lemon peel.

East India Negroni

2 parts Banks 5-Island rum
1 part Campari
1 part Lustau East India sherry
Orange peel, to garnish

Prep: Add all the ingredients except the garnish to a mixing glass, then add ice.  Stir and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel.

Rum Mule




2 lime wedges
1 part Havana Club Añejo Clásico
2 parts chilled ginger beer
2 dashes aromatic bitters

Prep: 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.

Facundo Paraiso

2 parts Facundo Paraiso

Prep: Serve neat.

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