Celebrate Rum Day in style with a few hot spots for cocktails…
Jamaican Chill Out: Rudies
What to drink: Go for signature tipple “Katch A Fire” – taking its name from one of Bob Marley’s albums, this rum punch has serious fuel using only the finest rums from Jamaica – finished off with a shot of flaming Wray & Nephew Overproof rum.
Where: Rudies | 50 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB
Read our Top Tips for Summer BBQs with Rudie’s here.
£5 Happy Hour: Rum Kitchen
What to Drink: With over 200 types of rum to choose from, a hefty-book of cocktails and a £5 Happy Hour from 4-7pm there’s more than enough to keep you going. Choose the Plantain Colada (a pina-colada with a Caribbean twist) which was a seriously impressive mountain of sweet mango and plantain puree, topped with boozy liquor and piled high with coconut and ice.
Where: Rum Kitchen | 435 – 437 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN
2-4-1 on Brazilian Creations: Las Iguanas
Celebrate Rum Day with a Latin twist and head to Las Iguanas for South American Cuisine.
What to drink: Sip on summer with the “Brazilian Bikini-tini” from Las Iguanas, which combines fresh passion fruit with pineapple and lime juices, amaretto, and Las Iguanas own Magnifica cachaça. Get into the spirit of Rio this summer!
Don’t miss: Las Iguanas are celebrating 25 years of bringing Latin American cuisine to the UK with an all-day everyday happy hour offering 2-4-1 on cocktails and coolers (£7.50). Plus, there’s the limited edition ‘Carioca’ menu which celebrates Brazilian cuisine.
Where: Las Iguanas | see website for locations
Tiki Vibes: The Beachcomber
What to Drink: What not to drink we should say! There’s plenty to choose from on this menu, and we LOVE the menu key describing the strength, sweetness and sourness of each cocktail. But if you need a bit of a pointer then go for the Agwadisiac, with trois rivieres rhum, agwa coca leaf liquor, blue curaçao and orgeat for tropical hints.
Sharing? The Mad Hatter Ti Party is a must-try concoction punch served in a metallic hat. Then there’s The Mochalada, with don Q rum, kahlua, coffee bitters, cocoa, coconut, pineapple and cream. No it’s not dessert, it’s a cocktail, but it’s the perfect ending to an evening at The Beachcomber.
The Beachcomber | The Beachcomber, 86 Queensway, London W2 3RR
The Hungry Caterpillar and Manzanilla: Victory Mansion
What to drink: The Hungry Manzanilla is made from Plantation 3 White Rum, Sage and Mint Agave, Manzanilla, lime and soda. And the name? It refers to the children’s book The Hungry Caterpillar, don’t miss the little caterpillar nibbling on the mint leaves as you drink this refreshing creation.
Where: Victory Mansion | 18 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 7PL
Japanese punch: Kurobuta
What to drink: Head down to Scott Hallsworth’s Kurobuta for a Hurricane…
This punchy cocktail uses a trio of rums (Bacardi, Blanco, Negra & Oakheart) as well as fresh pineapple, zesty lime, orange and passion fruit… and comes served on fire!
Make it a feast: Taste a selection of Japanese Izakaya dishes every Tuesday for just £28 with Kurobuta’s new FEED ME menu “Tight Ass Tuesdays”.
Kurobuta | www.kurobuta-london.com
Chelsea 312 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UH | Marble Arch 17-20 Kendal Street London, W2 2AW | Harvey Nichols fifth floor Knightsbridge Dining, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ
Read our interview with Scott Hallsworth here…
Lost in Translation: Murakami
What to drink: Lost in Translation consists of El Dorado 3 year old Karen Spiced Rum, Quiquiriqui mescal, pineapple, elderflower, cardomon & fresh lime.
Make it a feast: Murakami fits the Izakaya style of Japanese “pub” dining in which an array of dishes are served with Japanese beers, lagers, wine and whiskey. Not to mention that cocktail menu… The menu features dishes including starters and rolls from the Sushi Bar; hot plates; and dishes from the Robata Grill, and all make great sharing if you’re dining with a friend.
Where: Murakami | 63-66 St Martin’s Lane, London