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How to Celebrate National Rum Day

Sunday, August 16th is National Rum Day! A favorite spirit of many, be sure to celebrate this special day with your favorite rum or blended cocktail.

Rum and summer go hand in hand. And with National Rum Day being mid-August, there is no better time to enjoy a refreshing rum drink. What’s your go-to rum drink? Do you prefer frozen, on the rocks or straight up rum cocktails? We recommend trying this delicious recipe for an easy to make “tropical vacation in a glass.”

Tropical Rum Punch Recipe

Ingredients for single-serve

  •  1.5-ounce orange juice
  •  1.5-ounce pineapple juice
  •  1.5-ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  •  2-3 ounces white rum (WC recommends: Plantation 3 Stars)
  • Approx. 1 tablespoon grenadine (for color)
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Pineapple for garnish

Ingredients for a pitcher

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Approx. 3 tablespoons grenadine (for color)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Pineapple for garnish


Measure ingredients either into a favorite cocktail glass or a large pitcher. Stir and add the desired amount of ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice on the rim, a fun paper straw, or a fun wood stir stick.

A Variety of Rums to Try

Clément X.O. Rum. Superior Aged Rum. With a beautiful dark mahogany color, Clément 6 year old Rhum Agricole has been distilled from fresh pressed sugarcane juice and aged a minimum of six years in a combination of virgin and re-charred oak barrels, yielding an exceptional aged Agricole Rhum, with a beautiful smokey aroma and long lingering finish. This rum is accentuated by the intense charred wood flavors balanced by the natural sweetness of the sugarcane distillate and displays some of the finest floral notes and pure character of the Clément cellar.

Privateer Rum Navy Yard. (Style) A Traditional New England Rum, dry, copper color, pronounced aromatics, oak aged, full body, with fleshy texture. (In a Daiquiri) Adds power, velvet texture, and deep bass notes of pastry, brown butter, custard, apricot marmalade, hazelnut, and dried figs. (Cane Type) 100% grade A molasses. (Aging) Minimum 2 years, 53 gallon 100% new American oak barrels.

Privateer Queen’s Share. (Style) A traditional Queen’s Share Rum, dry, oak and color unique to batch, effusive aromatics, opulent body, luscious texture. (In a Daiquiri) Adds depth, supple texture, and layered notes of golden raisin, honey, macadamia nut, and toasted coconut. (Cane Type) Evaporated cane juice crystals, real boiled brown sugar, and grade A molasses. (Aging) Minimum 2 years, each distillation is matched to a unique barrel befitting it’s character. Based on texture and character the spirit is matched to either a 53 gallon new American oak barrel, used rum, bourbon, or brandy barrel.

Plantation 3 Stars. A tribute to the historic rums produced in the Caribbean, with a suave blend of the region’s three primary terroirs: Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. While Barbados delivers richness and a balanced palate, Trinidad adds finesse and Jamaica provides an emphatic structure. A perfect rum for Daiquiris.

Plantation Original Dark. The rich and intense style of Jamaica and Barbados, with their notes of plum, banana and vanilla, is enhanced by meticulous blending and further maturation, in France. The result is a profound structure spiced with notes of cinnamon and clove, whose smoky quality adds texture. An ideal companion for cocktails.

Blue Chair Bay Spiced Rum. From the Barbary Coast to the exotic spice markets of the Far East to the white beaches of the Caribbean, Blue Chair Bay’s Spiced Rum takes you on a globe-trotting adventure. The warm, sun-kissed amber color hints at its tropical, heady aroma. Soft, sweet vanilla meets fiery cinnamon and other spices to evoke visions of palm trees and pirate flags. Mix with a cola and set sail!

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