Celebrate National Rum Day with fresh, umami-rich seafood and authentic Latin-American tapas at 26 Sushi & Tapas. Offering a culinary highlight reel of Nikkei–style cooking while maintaining a 100% kosher certified menu, the restaurant boasts several, tropical versions of the Mojito perfect for the season. Though purists can definitely indulge in the traditional iteration of the Mojito ($14) – White Rum, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup and a splash of Soda, guests are encouraged to add seasonal fruit infusions for just $2 extra. Options include: Strawberry, Blueberry, Coconut, Passionfruit, Mango and Watermelon. 26 Sushi & Tapas is located at 9487 Harding Avenue in Surfside. Telephone: (305) 200-2626; http://www.26sushitapas.com/.
Beaker & Gray
Wynwood’s favorite watering hole, Beaker & Gray, is the area’s go-to spot for creatively crafted cocktails onNational Rum Day or any day. Serving a fun lineup of libations, rum lovers can head to the bar for innovative concoctions created by Bar Director Ben Potts. For the “holiday,” Beaker & Gray has partnered with Papa’s Pilar and Miami Rum Club to create signature one-day-only cocktails. The specialty cocktails to make you feel like you’re on vacation include How Mama Met Papa ($11) with Papa’s Pilar Blonde, pear brandy, FOS, cinnamon, lime, grapefruit and soda; and @ The Discotheque ($11) made with Miami Club rum, Montenegro, cinnamon, ginger, pineapple, lemon and cherry bark vanilla bitters. Cocktail menu favorites featuring rum at Beaker & Gray includeFhloston Paradise ($12) made with Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum, Rhum JM Blanc, coconut and mint;Un Poquito Maduro ($14) with Bacardi Carta Blanca, Bacardi Cuatro, maduro, pineapple and Cafecito bitters;Woke-A-Cola ($14) with Santa Teresa 1796, Banks 7 Golden Age, Amaro di Angostura, house cola syrup and blackstrap bitters; and Mai Tai Fighter ($13) with Miami Club Rum, Smith & Cross, chai and acid-adjusted pineapple. A classic Daiquiri, priced at $7, is available during Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 4PM until 7PM and Monday through Thursday from 11PM until 2AM. Beaker & Gray is located at 2637 North Miami Avenuein Wynwood. Telephone: (305) 699-2637; http://beakerandgray.com/.
The happening Coconut Grove bar, The Commodore, invites guests to participate in National Rum Day. Don’t miss out on the exclusive offering of half off Ralph’s Choice with Santa Teresa Añejo, lime, pineapple shrub and espelette syrup; el Presidente with Don Q Rum, Orange Curaçao, dry vermouth and grenadine; Spicy Pineapple Mojito; and certain rum flights. The Commodore is open from 5PM – 11PM and is located at 3300 SW 27thAvenue at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami. www.thecommodorecg.com.
The Cuban-inspired lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, RUMBAR, encourages guests to take advantage of their National Rum Day specials. Exclusive deals include the $5 Rum Punch all day from 3PM – lateon Friday, August 16th. In addition, from 7PM – Close, rum lovers can enjoy Rum y Cafecito Fridays with half-off cigars, $10 rum and cafecito cocktails from the cocktail cart, cigar roller, a domino table and live music. RUMBAR is located at 455 Grand Bay Dr at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. Telephone: (305) 365-4500;ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/miami/key-biscayne/dining/rumbar-lobby-lounge
Rum Day at RWSB means starting the evening with a flight of stellar selections. The dinnertime lineup includes half ounce pours of Star Rum, Zaya 12-year and Zacapa 23-year for only $20 from 6:30PM-midnight. RWSB is located inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. Telephone: (305) 938-3112;www.rwsbmiami.com
Located inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami, Toro Toro offers two rum cocktails perfect for a hot summer day in Miami. Cool off with a Cold Fashioned ($18) made with Ron Zacapa 23, orange & chocolate bitters, Grand Marnier and cold brew, served over a Kahlua ice cube to ensure the cocktail’s flavor never gets watered down. Guests looking for an indoor beach vibe may order the Strawberry Fields ($15) made with Brugal 1888, Disaronno, almond milk, Coco Lopez, strawberry puree, pineapple, lime, creole bitters and torched anise. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental Miami. www.torotoromami.com .
Kick back at the rum haven, Burlock Coast on National Rum Day on Friday, August 16th. The rustic seafood eaterywhich is home to the biggest rum room in South Florida invites guests to relax beachside this Summer and enjoy their $5 Rum Punch special all day long! Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. For reservations: call (954) 302-6460 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.burlockcoast.com
ETARU (Hallandale and Las Olas)
National Rum Day is best celebrated by the beach or on the patio in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. This year, ETARU has the perfect libation to make you feel like you’re on vacation. The Coco-Tai ($12), which will be featured at both restaurant locations on Friday, August 16, is a twist on a classic Mai Tai. It is made with Bacardi Superior infused with all spice and red wine, Wray & Nephew white rum, coconut water, Nigori sake almond syrup and lime juice. To make it even more festive, the cocktail is served inside a fresh Thai coconut. ETARU also offers its signature Bonsai Storm ($12) made with Bacardi dark rum, pineapple, pickled ginger, lime ginger beer and Angostura bitters. The cocktail is sweet, refreshing and vibrant – the perfect mix for the occasion. During Happy Hour, guests may sip on the ETARU Tiki Tai ($6) made with Bacardi, ETARU spices cordial, lime, pineapple, almond and plum. ETARU is located at 111 South Surf Road in Hallandale Beach and at 500 East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. www.etarurestaurant.us
The acclaimed new-style Japanese restaurant Kuro, located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, features the perfect handcrafted rum cocktails to celebrate National Rum Day. Highlighting fresh Japanese ingredients in modern recipes with hints of classic flavors, the sweet NI ($15) – rum, yuzu, watermelon, Thai basil, fennel, togarashi – pairs harmoniously with the restaurant’s handcrafted artisanal cuisine. The Jyu Nana ($14) highlights a bitter profile and is made with rum, amaro, honey an whipped cream. Crafted to be approachable, the Jyu Nana can be enjoyed individually or, because of its notes of dark chocolate and honey, can be paired with one of the restaurant’s delectable dessert creations. Kuro’s cocktails are whimsical and provide guests with the option to select a drink that most appeals to their particular palate since the cocktails at Kuro are divided into categories based on the five flavor profiles: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. Kuro is located at One Seminole Way in Hollywood, Florida. Dinner served nightly. Telephone: (954) 585-5333
Housed in the lobby of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is L Bar – the resort’s intimate, centerpiece cocktail bar and lounge. Here, guests can enjoy National Rum Day with a varied selection of handcrafted cocktails made with seasonal produce and house-made syrups. Celebrate with the bar’s Classics or Not So Classiccocktails, priced at $13 each. Classic cocktails include the Queens Park Swizzle with Ron Zacapa Rum, mint leaves, bitters and fresh lime; Dark n’ Stormy with Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, fresh lime and ginger beer; andMai Tai with Appleton Estate Rum, Rhum Barbancourt, orange curacao, orgeat and fresh lime. Not So Classics include a refreshing Watermelon Sangria with watermelon, Sauvignon Blanc, Flor de Caña Rum and Cointreau;Hibiscus Punch with Flor de Caña Rum, fresh lemon, hibiscus syrup, pineapple and raspberries. L Bar is located at One Seminole Way in Hollywood. It’s open Sunday – Thursday, noon to midnight; Friday and Saturday noon to 3AM. For more information, visit www.seminolehardrock.com.