August 16th is National Rum Day. It seems like almost every day is another “national holiday”, while some seem more important than others - we at MIAbites think National Rum Day is definitely one worth celebrating.
Here are some fun facts about the delicious spirit:
Rum was manufactured, distilled, and made long before any other spirit.
More than 80 percent of the world’s rum sources originate in Puerto Rico. This is because of the sugar cane that is used in the product that comes from the area as well.
The first North American rum distillery was established in 1664 in what is now Staten Island.
George Washington was quite the mixologist — he was well known for his Mount Vernon eggnog, which he fortified with dark Jamaican rum.
In the 1800s, rum was highly revered as a go-to beauty product for its ability to clean hair and strengthen its roots.
Bacardi houses the world's largest rum distillery in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Jamaica's Wray & Nephew currently owns the most expensive rum in the world — there are four remaining bottles from the 1940s going for $40,000 a pop.
Now that you’re ready to get your rum on, here are some spots in Miami that are ready to celebrate with you:
Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar, 230 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134
If you're looking to mix this Caribbean liquor with some Mexican flare head over to Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar! Their El Padrino cocktail is definitely a drink you can't refuse, made with the finest Zacapa 23 rum, Tia Maria coffee liqueur, and allspice.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33140
Celebrate National Rum Day in style at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach with a variety of experiences to please all rum enthusiasts. The Miami Beach landmark invites guests to enjoy its varied rum offerings throughout the property. For a laidback atmosphere and Tiki-inspired libations, head to Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina for the Lime in the Coconut ($14) – Bacardi Rum, Velvet Falernum, coconut cream and lime; Zombie ($15) – Bacardi, Plantation Proof Rum, Gosling’s 151, cinnamon and lime; and Painkiller ($15) – Pusser’s Navy Rum, Yellow Chartreuse, pineapple, orange and coconut cream. Revelers can forgo the indoors and cool down with La Côte’s Bleau Passion ($18) – Bacardi Tangerine, St. Germain, cucumber water and passion fruit; La Côte Punch ($18) – Bacardi Oakheart rum, Mango and Strawberry Bacardi Rum Float; and the Cannonball Rum ($18) – Starr Rum, St. Germain, strawberries, lime and mint. For a modern twist on the classic steakhouse experience, pair the Perfect Hemingway ($15) – Diplomatico Exclusiva and Blanco, luxardo maraschino and grapefruit – with a succulent steak at StripSteak by Michael Mina. For a quick cocktail and people watching, head to Bleau Bar in the hotel’s lobby where the tables are the ideal spot to meet, mix and mingle.
Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
A Miami Beach landmark since 1998, Nikki Beach continues to delight guests with its South of France-style joie de vivre, lively DJs and dancers and iconic white daybeds and teepees. In celebration of National Rum Day, Nikki Beach is offering their world-renowned Mojitos for $7 all-day (half off of their regular $14 price). Keeping it classic with mint, sugar, lime, rum. And club soda.
Beaker & Gray, 2637 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33127
Whether shaken or stirred, Wynwood’s notable hotspot, Beaker & Gray is the area’s go-to spot for National Rum Day. Behind the bar, bar manager/owner Ben Potts will serve up a thirst-quenching selection of festive cocktails showcasing the exclusive, one-night only VELVET SLIPPER for $7 – Plantation 3 Star, Velvet Falernum, banana, coconut cream and pineapple. Keeping things classic, try the ZACAPA OLD FASHIONED ($14) – featuring Ron Zacapa 23 Rum, Demerara, and chocolate bitters; Stirred preferred, the BLACK ORCHID ($14) is a boozy combo-breaker and smokey, served with Diplomatico Reserva, amaro, lucano, vanilla smoke-infused Kronan, and scorched orange; or Shake things up with the RUM RUNNER ($14) – also boozy – offers a smuggled fruity flavor, including Bacardi 8, Santa Teresa Claro, blackberry-sage shrub, orange, pineapple, and maduro tincture. For the Happy Hour-goer’s, the DAIQUIRI with Santa Teresa Clara, lime, and sugar is being offered for only $5 all summer-long!
Nina’s House at The Confidante Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140
Is home to the Spicy Nina cocktail that is perfected fitted to celebrate National Rum Day. Made with pineapple, honey crisp apple, cilantro, jalapeño, and Cana Brava Rum it’s exactly what you’ll want to be sipping on during this summer holiday.