National Rum Day is August 16 – Cruzan Rum Cocktails

Cruzan Rum
Cruzan Rum

August 16th is designated as National Rum Day. Rum has long been a popular alcohol for mixing party cocktails.

The historic Cruzan Rum Distillery is located in the heart of St. Croix on the U.S. Virgin Islands. For many decades, Cruzan Rum has been internationally recognized as one of the world’s great rums.

To celebrate National Rum Day, Jesse Card is a Cruzan mixologist from the island of St. Croix. Jesse has recipes of three delicious rum cocktails using great tasting Cruzan Rum.

The Cruzan rum tribe embodies the phrase “Don’t Hurry.” So try these great tasting rum cocktails and enjoy life.


1 part Cruzan® Vanilla Rum
2 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1 tsp Sugar
3 Lime Wedges

Combine 2 of the lime wedges, sugar & Cruzan Vanilla Rum in a tumbler and lightly muddle for ten seconds. Add Cruzan Aged Light Rum and a scoop of ice and shake hard for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled Hurricane glass and garnish with the final lime wedge.


1 1/2 parts Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum
3/4 part Dry Vermouth
1/4 part Curacao
1/2 tsp Grenadine
Orange Twist

Method: Combine all ingredients over ice in a tumbler and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled Martini coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.


2 parts Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum
1/2 part Rich Simple Syrup
3 dashes of Bitters
Coconut Water Ice Cubes (see additional recipe below)

Method: Cut a wide swath of orange peel and lightly press it in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add rum, syrup and bitters. Now drop in a few Coconut Water Ice Cubes and stir gently.
Coconut Water Ice Cubes Recipe: Pour a can of Coconut Water (strain the pulp out first, if needed) in an ice cube tray – the bigger the cube try the better – and freeze for several hours.



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