By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Mojitos, Cuba Libres and daiquiris will certainly reign this weekend in Miami Beach, as many amazing venues will celebrate National Rum Day today, Friday, August 16th with specialty rum drinks.
The largest celebration will likely be the third annual National Rum Day Fest will take place at the poolside garden of The Confidante Miami Beach at 4041 Collins Avenue from 5PM to 9PM. Tickets are $35 – $45 for regular admission, and VIP admission is available for $55.
Another one of the hottest places to enjoy this adult summer holiday is Havana 1957 at any of its three locations, 405 Espanola Way, 1410 Ocean Drive or 819 Lincoln Road. The Cuban cuisine icon is often referred to as “La Catedral del Mojito,” or “The Cathedral of Cuban Mojitos,” for they offer at least thirteen varieties of the drink.
Juan Luis Rosales, executive chef at Havana 1957, shared some insight “This year we decided to go all out with Rum Day. We want to make sure our guests immerse themselves in a rum tasting experience with our various offerings and rum flights.” For instance, try the Mangojito or Guava Mojito, for $13.95, or enjoy a rum tasting sampler for $25.
The Mondrian Hotel South Beach at 1100 West Avenue, also joined the fun with their “Friday Coconut Cartel Happy Hour.” Enjoy the gorgeous sunset views at this beautiful hotel, from 4PM until 7PM, accompanied by $9 cocktails and bites. This weekend try drinks mixed with Coconut Cartel rum, like the Modern Twist, a tingling combination of rum, grapefruit juice, Peche de Vigne, pineapple juice and ginger beer.
Other fun places to enjoy Rum Day at the beach include OLA, recently relocated at the Gates Hotel in South Beach at 2360 Collins Avenue. The local will serve their famous Watermelon Mojito and Havana Gimlet for $14 on this National Rum Day.
The infamous Villa Azur at 309 23rd St, known for its lively European flare, will also join Rum Day. Their nightly party, fueled by exotic mixologists and DJs, will offer drinks such as the Secret Garden, a mix of Santa Teresa rum, fresh carrot juice, mint, lime juice and sugarcane syrup for $17.