Vodka, tequila, and gin, move aside — it’s rum’s time to shine. Whether you prefer white, gold, dark, or a blend of each, rum cocktails not only give serious island vibes, they are also a incredibly satisfying. Maybe your vice is a classic mojito, or perhaps you’d rather sip on a decedent goji berry rum cocktail. Either way, there is a rum drink for everyone in the OC to enjoy on National Rum Day, August 16th.
For Habana, National Rum Day is no joke. The Cuban and Pan-Latin cuisine restaurant will be giving out coins for each rum dessert or rum drink purchased on National Rum Day between the hours of 2 PM - 5 PM and 10 PM - close. The coins can be redeemed for a five cent mojito on your next visit. The holiday’s featured rum dessert is seriously delicious. Habana will be serving up a Cuban rum cake, so you can eat your rum as well as drink it. They also kill it on the drinks front. You can opt for a classic mojito, or spice it up with Sangria Blanca, a refreshing drink made with white wine, passion fruit rum, apple liqueur, marinated fresh fruits, and finished with a champagne float. For the rum savvy, try the Rhum Flight, which includes three premium sipping rums ranging from light to full bodied.
Tiki cocktails are staple to this Union Tustin Market spot. Using rum from around the world to make their tropical Tiki drinks, you can’t go wrong with a slider and cocktail from Hatch on National Rum Day. Take a trip to the tropics from 2 PM - 9 PM, and sip on their three special rum cocktails, each only $6. Choose from The Black Cherry, made with Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum, cinnamon simple syrup, and fresh squeezed lime, The Kraken Mule, made with ginger beer, and lime, or The Kraken Punch, made with pineapple juice and LA crafted small batch grenadine. Hatch will also be offering $2 tastings of Cutwater Spirit's Three Sheets Rum, an exclusively special rum, as well as raffling off Kraken Tiki Mugs.
The Recess Room serves up some of the most unique spots in the OC. Not only is their food epic (bone marrow mac and cheese, anyone?) but their creatively constructed drinks are downright delicious. The must-have rum refreshment at this fountain valley spot is their Goji Bear cocktail made with goji berries, Platinum 3-Star Rum, aperol, house goji berry syrup, fresh lemon juice, egg whites, and lastly, garnished with three goji berries. Some other winning rum cocktails at The Recess Room are the Rum DMC made with bitters, honey, lemon, champagne,and honey syrup and Love You Rum Time, made with rum, passion fruit falernum, absinthe, and bitters and served inside a whole pineapple.
The Blind Rabbit not only offers up excellent libations and bites — it also offers patrons the chance to live out their dream of sipping on a drink in a 1920’s speakeasy. This themed restaurant and bar is built for savvy bar goers and the hidden entry way draws in many adventure loving drinkers. The speakeasy serves up over five decadent tiki drinks, including The Four Swallows (rum, benedictine, grand marnier, maraschino liqueur orange bitters), The Dark & Stormy (aged rum, gold rum, lime ginger beer), and Sucking The Monkey (coconut & spiced rum, young coconut water lime, pineapple orange flower water). For National Rum Day, however, The Five Spices of Death, the Official Tiki Drink of the Blind Rabbit, cannot be missed. Made with aged rum, smith & cross, absinthe black strap rum, pineapple grapefruit, Chinese 5 spice lime, and barrel aged bitters, it’s perfect.
This kitschy beachside restaurant serves up some delicious tiki drinks. Their signature tiki cocktail, the Rum Barrel is made with SIXTEEN ingredients and served in their own “rum barrel” mug. The delicious blend of silver, amber, and Demerara rums work together to create this sweet-tart balanced drink, perfect for celebrating National Rum Day. For mai tai lovers, Don will treat you right. Their 1930’s classic mai tai recipe has been known to bring its own little island breeze to all those who drink it.