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New York Cocktails for National Rum Day

National Rum Day is August 16th.
Carlos Detres

This Saturday, August 16th, marks National Rum Day! Perfect for all cocktail lovers who appreciate a rum base for their drink, National Rum Day honors the spirit made from sugarcane byproducts. Nearly every bar in Manhattan serves rum, and with it their own recipes for delicious cocktails. Check below for some top places to celebrate National Rum Day this Saturday! Cheers!

Employees Only in the West Village has a rum cocktail on their summer menu that tastes of warm-weather deliciousness, featuring the flavors of pineapple and ginger. Perfect for New Yorkers who love a cocktail that is spicy and fruity!

Ginger Smash by Jason Kosmas & Dushan Zaric

1 1/2 oz. Cana Brava Rum

3/4 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice

1/2 oz. Apple liqueur

1/2 oz. Maraschino liqueur

2 thin slices of fresh ginger root

2 1-inch cubes of fresh pineapple

2 demitasse spoons of superfine sugar

Muddle the ginger, pineapple and superfine sugar in a mixing glass. Then add the spirit, liqueurs and juice. Add ice. Shake well. Pour all contents into an old fashioned (rocks) glass. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and serve.

Heading out in the East Village? Confessional restaurant and bar is offering their signature Rubby’s White Lies all day at $7 (half price). In order to get the special price, customers must confess a sin on their wall in chalk.

Rubby's White Lies by Nelson Lemus

1 oz Don Q Coconut Rum

1 oz Ford's Gin

1 oz. Fresh lime juice

1/2 oz. Infused syrup

1 oz. Coco Lopez Puree

3 Drops Orange Blossom Water

Club Soda

Pour all ingredients except the club soda into a mixing glass. Add large cold ice and shake vigorously. Strain all contents into a Collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with orange zest.

Cedar Local in the Financial District has a cocktail named A Real Daiquiri, which is a rum-forward take on the classic drink.

A Real Daiquiri by John McCarthy

2 oz Brugal Extra Dry Rum

¾ oz Simple syrup

1 oz Fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

For those who have a hankering for great Italian food, dell’anima in the West Village will create classic rum cocktails with Cana Brava!