Celebrate National Rum Day This Weekend With These Perfect Selections

In case you were not aware, this Sunday is National Rum Day. But there’s no reason you can’t get started celebrating tonight. Before you run out to get your rum on, we’d like to give you a few suggestions, selections and cocktail recipes for your enjoyment. Feel free to celebrate by trying one of these today or feel free to really celebrate by trying all of them.

Flor de Caña

The family-owned Flor de Caña is an award-winning Nicaraguan rum. Flor de Caña is aged naturally in American white oak bourbon barrels sealed with banana leaves – giving the rum a whisky finish with tropical flavor notes. Each bottle of Flor de Caña contains a unique blend of aged rums. Flor de Caña offers a diverse selection of core range rums, including Flor de Caña 4 White; Flor de Caña 4 Gold; Flor de Caña 5; Flor de Caña 7; Centenario 12; Centenario 18 and Centenario 25. Flor de Caña rums may be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a variety of balanced cocktails.

We had the opportunity to try the Flor de Caña Centenario 18 ($49.99) and the Centenario 25 ($144.99), which we enjoyed immensely. We served them neat and the 18 had notes of heavy oak, pineapple, coconut, and banana, while the 25 was very smooth at first with a pleasant bite after. There were hints of honey, coconuts, bananas, and more. We really enjoyed sipping them neat, but Flor de Caña is great in cocktails like a Manhattan or Mojito (see below), as well.

Cruzan Rum

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more festive, track down a bottle of Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum ($18.99) and prepare this delicious Caribbean Dream.

Cruzan Caribbean Dream
1 1/2 part Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Cream
Maraschino Cherries

Method: Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a shot glass. Garnish with freshly grated Cinnamon and a speared Maraschino Cherry.