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Bottles of Rhum produced in Madeira on display during the 2nd edition of Madeira's Rhum Festival sign seen in Funchal city center. On Monday, April 21, 2018, in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Today (August 16) is National Rum Day!

Scientists at Candela Mamjuana, the first premium spiced rum specialty drink from the Dominican Republic, asked 700 Americans over the age of 21 their opinions around everyone’s favorite Caribben concotion.

These are some of the results:

  • 25% said drinking rum makes them feel like they are on vacation
  • 32% said they like their rum drinks tropical and nearly 25% say rum is their vacation drink of choice
  • 64% said they like rum, with 66% preferring light rum over dark

The top 5 rum drinks are:

  1. Rum and Coke – 30%
  2. Pina Colada – 19%
  3. Long Island Iced Tea – 15%
  4. Daiquiri – 11%
  5. Shots – 7%

Thirsty yet? Here’s how to make some of the most popular rum cocktails.

Rum and Coke

(a.k.a. Cuba Libre)

4 oz. cola

1/3 oz. fresh lime juice

1 2/3 oz. white rum

Add all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Pina Colada

1/2 cup crushed ice

6 oz. pineapple juice

2 oz. rum

1 oz. sweetened coconut rum

1 oz. heavy cream

1 pineapple wedge

1 maraschino cherry

In a blender, combine ice, pineapple juice, rum, coconut cream and heavy cream. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry.

Optional: Watch this video while you’re preparing the drink

Long Island Iced Tea

1/2 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. gin

1/2 oz. rum

1/2 triple sec

1/2 oz. tequila

1 oz. gomme syrup

1 oz. lemon juice

splash of cola

Add all ingredients into highball glass filled with ice. Stir gently. Garnish with lemon spiral. Serve with straw. 


2 oz. light rum

3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

3/4 oz. Demerara sugar syrup

Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lime twist.


6 mint leaves

3/4 oz. simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar)

3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

1 1/2 oz. white rum

1 1/2 oz. club soda

In a shaker, lightly muddle the mint. Add the simple syrup, lime juice and rum, and fill with ice. Shake well and pour (unstrained) into a highball glass. Top with the club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.


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