If I decide to have an adult beverage, it's going to be a Captain Morgan and Diet Coke (while achieving the perfect Captain Morgan pose).  So I plan on celebrating Nation Rum Day today.  If you would like top join me, here are a few three ingredient recipes to make with your rum from the Thrillist website.

Piña colada

Hands down the fastest way to achieve tropical vacation mode, the creamy blend of pineapple, coconut, and rum makes everything better. Insanely easy to make, this should be a year-round staple. It's perfect for celebrating the warm weather of spring and summer, and for pretending it's warm during the chill of fall and winter.

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 ounces Coco Lopez cream of coconut
  • 2 ounces rum

Combine all ingredients in a blender on high until frosty and creamy. That's it.


Like any sour, when done correctly, a daiquiri is sublime. Not the fructose-filled, blended variety you see at resorts, either. The kind Hemingway enjoyed. The boozy, simple kind. It's incredibly hard to mess up, which makes it a simple go-to cocktail to impress your guests at home, and a good benchmark to size up new bars. If you order a daiquiri and it's anything but amazingly refreshing, switch to beer or a new bar.

  • 2 ounces rum
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a coup glass, serve straight up

Dark 'n Stormy

Ginger beer and lime make just about anything taste good, and seem especially well suited to sweet-and-spicy dark rum. This adult soda beverage pairs well with BBQs, sunny afternoons, and Instagram.

  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Lime wedge

Combine ginger beer and rum in a tall glass over ice, garnish with a lime wedge.


Spiked Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Credit: Dan Q. Dao, spirits writer and bartender
Sure, your daily chain iced coffee does the job, but have you ever tried dripping your own java (and more importantly, adding rum?) Traditional Vietnamese iced coffee is made by a small metal drip filter slowly releasing ground coffee into a cup with sweetened condensed milk, then chilling it on ice. Kick things up a notch and add spiced rum -- Dao suggests Chairman’s Reserve for hints of molasses and nutty flavors.

  • 2 ounces spiced rum
  • 5 ounces chilled coffee
  • 1 ounce sweetened condensed milk

Combine ingredients in a shaker tin with several cubes of ice. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds, or until shaker tin is frosted over. Strain and serve in a highball glass with fresh ice cubes. Optional: garnish with a coffee bean.


Cuba Libre

This attempt to make a rum & Coke fancy by adding a lime and Latin-y name is a little silly, but very delicious. That's not to say you should order it by name at a bar if it's not on the menu, because chances are you'll sound like a pretentious ass. Just ask for a rum & Coke with lime, and if they roll their eyes and say, "So a Cuba Libre," then chances are they are a pretentious ass. Either way, the drink is delicious.

  • 4 ounces Coca-Cola
  • 2 ounces rum
  • Lime wedge

Pour the rum and Coke in a glass over ice, garnish with a lime wedge. Hold the self-deprecating comments and be confident in drinking what makes you happy.

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