A sweet treat enjoyed around the globe, August is “Rum Month.” From umbrella-topped fruity drinks to classic mojitos and mouth-watering rum-inspired recipes, the international flair for fare is being celebrated. We bring you the best places to celebrate Rum Month as well as the recipes to make them yourself.
Moon Club Mojito
“Moon Club Mojito” at Moon Club—Atlantis, Paradise Island
Located in the Bahamas, this Rum Month must-go is conjuring up a Moon Club Mojito in celebration of the sweet liquor. The Moon Club is the newest bar off the Bahamas’ largest casino and serves up killer cocktails. Home to moon jellyfish, guests can enjoy this drink while gazing in amazement at the state of the art aquarium.
Can’t make it to the Moon Club? Try this recipe at home:
Moon Club Mojito
2 oz Bacardi Black Razz Rum
1.5 oz simple syrup
3 lime wedges
10-12 mint leaves
Directions: In a highball glass, muddle the limes and add simple syrup. After slapping the mint leaves, add to mixture. Fill the glass with crushed ice and rum, stir well. Squeeze on lime wedge and drop in drink with splash of soda. Garnish with three mint leaves and serve. For the ultimate garnish, add a sugar topping with mint caviar to complete the look like they do at the Moon Club.
Frozen Bligh’s Blood Mojito
“Frozen Bligh’s Blood Mojito” at Beach Café and Bar—Cotton House, Mustique
Known for the largest mojito menu in the Grenadines, the Beach Café and Bar is at home in the only luxury resort on the island of Mustique. For their Rum Month cocktail, the Frozen Blight’s Blood Mojito will be sure to please with island breezes wafting through the bar.
Can’t make it to Beach Café and Bar? Try this recipe at home:
Frozen Bligh’s Blood Mojito Recipe:
2.5 oz Captain Bligh’s Rum (St. Lucian Rum)
4 oz Blood orange puree
2 slices of fresh island limes
8 large fresh mint leaves
1 oz teaspoon Demerara raw brown sugar
Directions: First muddle the fresh lime, 6 mint leaves and Demerara sugar in a mojito glass. Fill a blender with ice and add rum and blood orange puree. Blend until frozen and pour frozen mixture over lime and mint mixture; splash with soda and garnish with remaining mint.
“EBK Flirt” at Edgar Bar and Kitchen—The Mayflower Renaissance, Washington, D.C.
Opened in December 2012, the Edgar Bar and Kitchen at The Mayflower Renaissance in Washington D.C. has its own cleverly crafted cocktail for Rum Month. The EBK Flirt is concocted with Bacardi, St. Germaine Elderflower, fresh lemon juice and Pinot Noir.
Can’t make it to the Edgar Bar and Kitchen? Try this recipe at home:
EBK Flirt Recipe
1.5 oz Bacardi
1.5 oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liquor
½ oz lemon juice
1.2 oz simple syrup
Directions: Add Bacardi, St. Germaine Elderflower, lemon juice and simple syrup into cocktail shaker and shake 20 times. Strain into a high ball and add a float of Kim Crawford Pinot Noir, garnish with a lemon twist.
Calypso Rum Rub Pork Tenderloin
“Calypso Rum Rub Pork Tenderloin” at Harmony Hill Villa—The Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica
With all the drinking of rum, some food may be in order. Harmony Hill Villa has created a mouth-watering recipe that still honors Rum Month on its stunning seven acre plot in Jamaica. The villa’s Private Chef Lenox Peters prepares the Calypso Rum Rub Pork Tenderloin for guests at the villa which sits 350 feet above sea level with panoramic views of the Caribbean, lush rainforest, and sprawling golf course.
Can’t make it to Harmony Hill Villa? Try this recipe at home:
Calypso Rum Rub Pork Tenderloin Recipe:
2lbs. Pork Tenderloin 1/3 cup white wine
1 tbsp. D&G Overproof Rum 2 tbsp. butter
1tbsp. Crushed ginger
1tsp. Crushed garlic
1tbsp. Brown sugar
1/3 tsp. Salt
1/3 tsp. Pepper
1 tbsp. Olive oil
1 baking dish (9×11)
Directions: Clean and pat dry the pork tenderloin. Add ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix together, add oil and rum and mix thoroughly to create marinade. Cover tenderloin with marinade and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours (for even more flavor, marinate overnight). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a skillet until very hot and add pork to sear both sides for 2 minutes a side. Transfer the pork into a baking dish and bake for ten minutes. While baking, deglaze the skillet by adding white wine. Reduce by half and add butter slowly while whisking sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle over pork when done and removed from oven.
Sunset Passion Colada
“Sunset Passion Colada” at Sunset Grill—Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St Thomas
Perfectly perched in the US Virgin Islands, Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is home to the Sunset Grill. The open-air restaurant overlooks the harbor and is known for its signature Sunset Passion Colada- perfect for Rum Month festivities. Paired with the Caribbean and American fare, sipping one of these cocktails while watching the sunset is a perfect way to end the day.
Can’t make it to the Sunset Grill? Try this recipe at home:
Sunset Passion Colada Recipe:
1 oz Bacardi Gold Rum
Splash of dark rum
1 oz Passion fruit puree
1 oz Pina Colada mix
1/4oz Passion fruit mix
½ cup of ice
Directions: Pour Bacardi Gold rum, pina colada mix, passion fruit mix, passion fruit puree and ice into a blender and blend until the ice is completely crushed and well blended. Add a splash of dark rum and Bacardi select float for presentation and color, garnish with tropical fruit.
The Ocean House Southside
“The Ocean House Southside” at Ocean House, Rhode Island
For those traveling to the East Coast, the Ocean House in Rhode Island is also creating cocktails for Rum Month. The Ocean House Southside is the official cocktail of Watch Hill and a popular rum-laced drink at all the resort’s dining outlets. Whether enjoying an afternoon game of croquet, a peaceful afternoon on the verandah or overlooking the ocean beyond, the Ocean House Southside is a perfect cocktail to imbibe.
Can’t make it to Ocean House? Try this recipe at home:
Ocean House Southside Recipe
Wedge of lemon
3 mint leaves
4 oz simple syrup
1 ½ oz of Mount Gay Eclipse Dark Rum
Fever Tree bitter lemon soda
¼ oz Myers Dark Rum
Lemon wheel garnish
Directions: Muddle lemon wedge, mint leaves, simple syrup. Add Mount Gay Dark rum and ice to shaker and shake, pouring into a highball glass. Top with a Fever Tree bitter soda, add a float of Myers Dark Rum, and garnish with a lemon wheel.