Celebrate your favorite warming spirit August 16 on National Rum Day. Invoking images of sandy beaches and warm weather, rum is a staple libation here in Miami. From mojitos to daiquiris to cuba libres, Miami’s rum scene is strong. Here are our favorite places to keep rum-based cocktails alive.
As the self-proclaimed ‘Cathedral of Cuban Mojitos’, Havana 1957 on Española Way is the place to go for classic, fruity, and special mojito varietals exclusive to Miami Beach. Havana 1957 also has an impressive Cuba Libre menu, including the Selección de Maestros, made with a blend of rums aged 12 years or older. The rum fun doesn’t stop there. Try the rum-filled Piña Colada, Cuban Bloody Mary, or Ron Collins (the Cuban take on the Tom Collins).
Pro tip: If you’re in the mood for a sipping rum, make sure to take your time while you drink. Examine the aroma, twirl the rum to coat the sides of the glass, and enjoy the warm, sweet spirit.
Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center
It’s all things Cuba at Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center. The eclectic place brings together Cuban culture, history, live music, art, dancing, and a full bar. After browsing Cubaocho’s collection of pre-revolutionary artworks from Cuban masters, visit the Little Havana bar for one of the largest rum collections we’ve ever seen. Don’t let the ‘museum’ label fool you, the bar is open as late as 3 a.m. on select nights.
Ball & Chain Miami
Ball & Chain sets the mood for enjoying a glass of rum. The iconic Little Havana nightclub from the 1930s has nightly live music, Cuban-inspired bites, and a cocktail bar with a killer 2-for-1 happy hour deal. Visitors rave about the Mojito, but you must try the Calle Ocho Old Fashioned, with Bacardi 8 aged rum, demerara sugar, tobacco infused bitters, and tobacco leaf.
Pro tip: Dark rum is a great substitution for whiskey in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned. Try mixing rum into your favorite cocktails or subbing for other liquors entirely.
National Rum Day Festival
The 3rd Annual National Rum Day Festival returns to Miami Beach for a night of all things rum. Hang out in a poolside garden with fellow rum fans as you sample rum from around the world and chat with top mixologists and brand educators. Rum-based cocktails, live music, cigars, and food will be available. National Rum Day Fest 2019 is on August 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. at The Confidante Miami Beach, only two miles north of Washington Park Hotel. Click here for tickets.
The rum doesn’t stop there. Here are a few of our favorite rum cocktails and where to get them:
My Sweet Liberty. Try the Our Piña Colada, with Sweet Liberty 3 Rum Blend, pineapple chunks, house made coconut cream, Jamaican coffee beans, and a Pedro Ximenez sherry float.
Larios on the Beach. Lario’s take on the classic Mai Tai is superb. The South Beach Mai Tai is a mix of Bacardi Superior rum, Triple Sec, orange and pineapple juice, grenadine, amaretto, and topped with Bacardi Ocho.
Nikki Beach. Share the Rum Punch with friends. The rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and a splash of grenadine will make you feel like you’re on vacation with every sip.
Mango’s Tropical Café. Try the Classic Lemonade Mojito with fresh squeezed lemonade, fresh mint, sugar, Bacardi Limon rum, and a splash of soda.
Bella Cuba. Any one of their fresh fruit mojitos will do. Choose from blueberry, mango, pineapple, guava, and passionfruit.
Segafredo L. Originale. Get a blast of citrus when you order Dan’s Jungle Bird. The cocktail is a mix of Jamaican rum, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, and bitter martini Riserva.
Grab a rum, sit back, and celebrate the world’s oldest spirit in Miami. Check out our special offers to begin planning your SoBe summer escape with Washington Park Hotel, where smart design and cool people mix as easily as rum runners. Take advantage of our summer savings when you book our Advance Purchase package for 30% off your nightly rate, free daily classes at Glow Hot Yoga, and more.