Celebrating National Rum Day with Cruzan Rum

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…..Did you know that this Thursday, August 16th is National Rum Day? Well if you didn’t, then you can thank us later. If you’re a frequent visitor to 101, then you should know by now we don’t take drinking holidays lightly, and that’s why we’ll be celebrating all week. After all, we’re based in Florida, where the rum flows like water, so can you blame us? We’ll kick off the week with some awesome “National Rum Day Cocktails, courtesy of St. Croix Island based, Cruzan Rum (a favorite of ours).


  • 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

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)
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.

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.


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Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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