August, in addition to being National Sandwich Month, is National Rum Month. The resurgence of the tiki drink movement has been a large part in the recent elevation of rum in the eyes of many sophisticated drinks. No longer is rum just the drink for pirates and spring breakers! New Orleans, being the cocktail experts we are, has become quite the epicenter for rum and its numerous incarnations. So where can you head in town to celebrate National Rum Month right? We’ve got the low down; here are five ways you can’t go wrong with rum in New Orleans.
Five Places and Ways to Drink Rum in New Orleans
1. At the Source — What better way to learn about rum than from a rum distillery? Old New Orleans Rum, the city’s oldest distillery, makes four different products: Crystal Rum, Amber Rum, a spiced rum and the immensely popular Gingeroo rum cocktail. Old New Orleans runs multiple tours a day which will give you an intimate look at the entire rum making process. As part of the tour you’ll get a special Old New Orleans Rum cocktail and be walked through a tasting of each of their products. With complimentary transportation to the distillery from the French Quarter, getting on an Old New Orleans Rum tour is as easy as it gets.
2. Like a Boss — Cocktail geek? Then Cane and Table is the no-brainer rum stop for you. Brought to you by the minds behind Cure, Cane and Table serves up rum and “ProtoTiki Cocktails.” Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? Pile on the fact that Cane and Table’s opening has received abundant praise, been rightfully added to every “best bar” list and racked up huge list of loyal customers and you’ve got a must-see attraction. If you’re heading that way, there’s one rum drink that rises above all the rest: The Boss Colada. Aged rum, pineapple, lime juice, Baska Snapps and Peychaud’s bitters make this refreshing tropical drink the boss of all others.
3. In Traditional NOLA Style — It is pretty hard to think of a New Orleans drink more well known around that world than a Hurricane from Pat O’Brien’s. Pat O’Brien’s is unquestionably a celebratory stop for locals and tourists alike and the classic Hurricane, a fruity red concoction garnished with an orange slice and a cherry, is the reason why. The Hurricane got its name from the signature glass it comes in, which resembles a hurricane lamp. When you get a hankering for a Hurricane, there’s nothing else in the world that will fix it other than an evening at Pat O’Brien’s.
4. In the Raw — Rum, as a spirit category, is a prolific one. There are hundreds of rum brands across the world and it seems like the folks at the Rum House can give you an opportunity to try almost every single one of them. The Rum House lets you savor the rums on their own through a number of rum flights or in traditional rum drinks like Rum Punch, Painkillers and Mojitos. This Magazine Street rum oasis also happens to serve up some fine Caribbean influenced foods.
5. At the Tiki Speakeasy — America had an amazing love affair with tiki drinks which started mid-20th century and held strong for decades. Sometime in the 1980s, New Orleans’ last tiki bar was called it quits and life in the Big Easy was a little less tropical. That is until Tiki Tolteca emerged on the scene. Hidden above Felipe’s Taqueria in the French Quarter and accessed through a back stairwell, Tiki Tolteca is your tiki speakeasy. Tiki Tolteca offers up numerous classic tiki drinks, including several takes on the Zombie and Mai Tais, plus original tiki creations.
Lagniappe! Tomorrow, August 16th, Sailor Jerry is hosting a number of celebrations around town in honor of National Rum Day (which should be any day this month). Head out to Horn’s, Tracey’s, 13, Checkpoint Charlie’s or the R Bar for the a truly crazy Bloody Jerry, a Bloody Mary made with Sailor Jerry and topped with over-the-top garnishes.