Today is my dad's birthday (Happy Birthday, papi!) but, more importantly (sorry, dad), it's also National Rum Day! I have to admit: As much as I love other Latin liquors, rum is definitely my favorite by far.

And how do you celebrate such a momentous holiday? Why, with 7 classic rum cocktails, of course! It would be hard for me to choose just one (though I am pretty partial to a Cuba Libre, and yes mainly because I'm Cuban myself), so let's just say you'll love any, or all, of these. Go for the refreshing mojito or a delicious smoked pineapple Mai Tai. Try a creamy piña colada or the favorite Hemingway daiquiri. You can even make the caipirinha with Brazilian rum cachaça, or the traditional Puerto Rican eggnog coquito (who cares if it's not Christmas?!). Any of them would make the perfect cocktail to celebrate National Rum Day.

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What's your favorite rum cocktail? Will you be making one of these today? Share with us in the comments below!

7 Cocktails to Celebrate National Rum Day!

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Mojito

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon powdered sugar, Juice from 1 lime (2 oz.), 4 mint leaves, 1 sprig of mint , Havana Club white Rum (2 oz.), 2 oz. club soda

Directions:
Place the mint leaves into a long mojito glass (often called a "collins" glass) and squeeze the juice from a cut lime over it. You'll want about two ounces of lime juice, so it may not require all of the juice from a single lime. Add the powdered sugar, then gently smash the mint into the lime juice and sugar with a muddler (a wooden device that you can find here, though you can also use the back of a fork or spoon if one isn't available). Add ice (preferably crushed) then add the rum and stir, and top off with the club soda (you can also stir the club soda in as per your taste). Garnish with a mint sprig.

Recipe courtesy of Taste Of Cuba.

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Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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