“In amidst the blowin’ winds of summer, and impendin’ storms o’ the sea, we bring ye tales of Dark and Stormy cocktails that will grow hair on yer chest, and make quiver yer sea legs till morn’.”
Ok, so we’re really bad at speaking Pirate, but we wanted to share a cocktail or two with you, and let you know what’s happening where in the World of Rum for National Rum Day (August 16).
Washington, D.C. –
If you’re in the D.C. area, Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar is offering 50% off all rum and rum cocktails in the bar area, 4:30-6:30 on August 16, 2011.
The restaurant rum list includes seven Cuba Libre branded rums, aged up to 21 years. Highlightsinclude the Cuba Libre 21 Year “Special Reserve” Rum, a unique spirit with scotch and brandy characteristics, and notes of molasses with oak aromas ($17/glass on August 16), as well as the Cuba Libre Dark Rum, featuring a smooth, full-bodied taste that satisfies the traditional rum drinker ($4/glass on August 16).
These special prices are only available during the National Rum Day event, which is a perfect time to sample one or several of these selections.
Portland, OR –
After a 15 year absence, Trader Vic’s returns to Portland, bringing ‘tiki back’. Tiki drinks were all the rage with Tales of the Cocktail’s bartenders and mixologists last year, and no one does it better than Trader Vic. Previously located at the historic Benson Hotel, and known world-wide for their Scorpion Bowls and Beachcomber Zombies, returns as Portland’s rum lover’s paradise. The restaurant and bar will feature an 80-item cocktail menu, with mai tai’s and two nightly happy hours.
You can check out Trader Vic Portland’s Cocktail Menu here.
Trader Vic’s is now located at 1203 NW Glisan St Portland, OR 97209
Orlando, FL –
One of our favorite happy hours in Orlando resides at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, located in the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Every Day from 5-8PM at Tchoup Chop’s Outdoor Tiki Bar features the following drinks and appetizers sure to impress any cocktail aficionado.
$5 Island Coolers
- Rum Punch – Tchoup Chop’s twist on the Rum Runner
- Ty Ku Margarita – Our Asian twist on the classic Margarita
- Hawaii 5-Oh – The Polynesian Iced Tea
- Dark & Stormy – A Classic Sailors Drink
- Green Tea Limeade – Refreshing limeade meets Green Tea
$5 Tiki Treats
- Kiawe Smoked Baby Back Ribs
- Tchoup Chop Crunchy Shrimp
- Spicy Tuna Roll
- Crispy Kalua Chicken Egg Rolls
- Steamed Pork & Asian Vegetable Dumplings
- California Roll
Want a few ‘Boat Drinks’ to try at home? Here are two of our favorites:
The Kraken Rum: Dark & Stormy
- 2 oz Kraken rum
- 8 oz ginger beer
- Lime juice to taste
Pour rum over ice, add ginger ale, and stir. Add lime juice to taste, or can be omitted. Garnish w/ a lime wheel.
Grapefruit Chili Mojito
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz white rum
- 1/2 oz orange liqueur
- small bunch fresh mint
- 3 fresh grapefruit wedges
- 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
- 1/2 oz chili pepper syrup
- Splash sparkling rose brut
To make Chili Pepper Syrup, dissolve 16 oz. granulated sugar in 8 oz. hot water. Add one whole Serrano pepper, let chill in refrigerator overnight. Muddle grapefruit wedges, grapefruit juice, sugar, and spicy syrup in a highball glass. Slap mint between your hands and add to glass. Add rum, orange liqueur and ice. Top it with sparkling rosé. Garnish with mint sprig.
In honor of Trader Vic’s, we’ll be posting some mai tai cocktail recipes soon, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, drink responsibly, and have a great National Rum Day this year!