We are still recovering from celebrating National Rum Day on August 16 – and if you haven’t already been indulging in the tropical spirit all summer long, now’s your chance. From the classics with coconut to the innovatives on ice, check out these 6 fresh rum based cocktails to savor in LA all year long.
Blue Hawaii at CITIZEN
We’re feeling blue is actually a good thing. The drink menu at CITIZEN in Beverly Hills is inspired by the iconic cocktails of the 1960s and includes the Blue Hawaii. Made with a Citizen White Rum Blend, Blue Curacao, pineapple and lime shrub, you’ll be transported to the islands in one sip. We recommend enjoying the drink by one of the patio fire pits for some added luau vibes.
184 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 402-5885, citizenbeverlyhills.com, @citizen90210
The Zombie at Tiki-Ti
One of the most iconic rum drinks of all time is the Zombie. It was created just after prohibition in 1934 at LA’s very first tropical bar and restaurant, Don The Beachcomber. Now, Tiki-Ti in Hollywood, which opened in 1961, is keeping it alive. Fair warning, the Zombie is made with numerous rums and floated with Dark Coruba Rum so it’s known for being so strong it will literally turn you into a walking zombie. Complete the whole experience by sipping your deadly drink in a tiki-style mug. Remember, cash only here.
Fair warning, the Zombie is made with numerous rums and floated with Dark Coruba Rum so it’s known for being so strong it will literally turn you into a walking zombie.
Complete the whole experience by sipping your deadly drink in a tiki-style mug. Remember, cash only here.
4427 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323) 669-9381, tiki-ti.com
Lava Flow at Duke’s
Rum was made to be enjoyed by the ocean so head to Malibu and hit up Duke’s, a waterside hang out with breathtaking views and delicious drinks that come with tiny umbrellas. Their Lava Flow cocktail is a frozen concoction made with blended pineapple juice, cream of coconut, strawberries and light rum. You can add
Their Lava Flow cocktail is a frozen concoction made with blended pineapple juice, cream of coconut, strawberries and light rum. You can add Meyer’s dark rum float for a little extra punch as well.
21150 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 317-0777, Dukesmalibu.com, @dukesmalibu
Rum and Coconut Water at Caña Rum Bar
If you are rum connoisseur, this is the place for you. Caña Rum Bar debuted in 2010 as LA’s most intimate and evocative rum bar. As one of the largest houses of rum in the country, Caña features over 250 rums to savor and is home to the Caña Rum Society, offering comparative tastings and spirit education every Wednesday evenings, led by top experts in the field.
Celebrate the rum holiday with their classic Rum and Coconut Water drink made simply with Cruzan Black Strap and fresh coconut water then served inside a real coconut with a spoon.
714 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 745-7709, 213hospitality.com/canarumbar, @canarumbarla
Jane’s Other Addiction at The Venice Whaler
You can’t make a list of rum drinks and not include a mean mojito. Jane’s Other Addiction is a standout watermelon mint mojito from iconic beach bar The Venice Whaler, a local institution since 1944 that was once a hangout for The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Doors and others. The cocktail is made with Beenleigh rum from Australia, fresh watermelon, lime, mint and simple syrup.
10 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 9029 (310) 821-8737, Venicewhaler.com, @thevenicewhaler
Rum Monkey at Larry’s
Monkey around at Larry’s, the boardwalk-adjacent Venice Beach hangout known for its electric crowd and fresh fish tacos. Order the Rum Monkey, made with classic Sailor Jerry rum, crème de banana, lime, mint and simple syrup. You can’t get more pirate than sipping rum at this seaside spot.
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