Rum is an amazing beverage. It’s sweet, it comes from tropical places and one good rum cocktail can make you feel like you’re on vacation even if you’re at home. If you’re looking for a good “vacation” drink, even if it’s a vacation away from your job at the end of the day, here are the best places to find them.
Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen
31732 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
If you’re looking for rum, one thing you must know is that Eva’s has enough rums on the menu that you could try one every day for a year before you’ve exhausted the list. Two signature drinks here are the rum punch and the brown suga martini. The rum punch (pictured) is sweet and spiced with cinnamon, cloves and ginger, and garnished with a slice of fresh mango. The result is something that goes down almost too easily. The brown suga martini is really simple – just rum and lime juice in a glass rimmed with cinnamon. With just one sip, you’ll be amazed at how delicious simple can be.
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
This bar, located inside Disneyland, is one you won’t want to pass up if you’re looking for fun, delicious and tasty rum cocktails. And, when you order certain drinks like their Uh Oa! with light and dark rums, falernum, cinnamon, and orange, passion fruit, guava, pineapple, grapefruit, and lime juices, the fun just starts. The drink menu with rum cocktails is plentiful and varied, so there’s something for everyone. From the Krakatoa Punch with reserve and spiced rums, orgeat (Almond) syrup, Sam’s Gorilla Grog and hibiscus grenadine to the Shrunken Zombie Head with reserve and aged rums, tropical juices, falernum and cinnamon and the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum with rum, cream of coconut and pineapple and orange juices with cinnamon, there is no shortage of fun rum drinks here. Other rum cocktails include the Lost Safari with dark spiced rums, tropical juice and other tasty ingredients, as well as many rum mojitos. A full menu of rum cocktails can be found here.
Don the Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
When it comes to rum drinks, Don the Beachcomber is legendary. The namesake of this place – Don Beach – invented the classic Tiki cocktail, The Zombie. It was named that because of the effects it had on the first person to consume it. This cocktail is so strong that patrons are limited to only two of them. In addition to that classic, Don the Beachcomber has several other rum cocktails and an atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else in Orange County. If you’re going to drink rum cocktails, you might as well do it at a place famous for just that.
The Blind Rabbit
E Santa Ana St.
Anaheim, CA 92805
As a throwback to the days of the speakeasy, The Blind Rabbit even offers a special and secret entrance and exit for patrons looking to throw back a few drinks. rAnd, with an atmosphere that exhumes cool, and the drinks change with the seasons. In the summer you can find a exudes cool, you’ll have the perfect place to drink rum drinks ranging from tasty daiquiris like their 3-Hour Tour drink and many others. The 3-Hour Tour cocktail is a classic daiquiri, featuring rum, lime, coconut liquor, vanilla tincture and sugar. Aside from other delicious cocktails, the speakeasy offers a list of special rums including Hamilton Jamaican Gold and Black, Kirk and Sweeney Dominican 12, 18 and 23, Ron Zacapa and many more.
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2930 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
It’s not surprising that a place called Habana has a mojito available. However, that’s not the only rum cocktail you can enjoy at this place. The Buena Vista is made with limon rum, mint and lemon. A very simple, but delicious cocktail called La Tormenta is also on the menu. This drink comes with rum and ginger beer garnished with mint, and it goes down very easily – perhaps too easily. A flight of rum is also available if you’d like some rum to sip. It’s the perfect Orange County spot to take in rum cocktails.