Rum: On the River, in Restaurants, and Frozen Solid

Three ways to celebrate National Rum Day

Apparently the Delaware River is akin to the clear, blue Caribbean Sea—or so says Rum Bar. On Thursday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m., the tropical watering hole will host Rum on the River, a cane spirits festival at OCTO Waterfront Grille on the Delaware. The debauchery will include tastings of 25 different rum brands (straight or in cocktails), a Mojito Olympics (Fastest Muddle! Infusion Experiments!), and live Samba music. Discounted tickets ($40 regular admission, $65 VIP) are available in advance at the event’s website.

For a less tipsy cane liquor celebration, Rum Bar is preceding the River fest with a Caribbean-inspired dinner and rum pairing on Wednesday, August 18. The Rum Fusion dinner will have two seatings—the 6:00 p.m. seating features 4 courses and 5 cocktails for $50; the 8:30 p.m. seating highlights 5 courses and 6 cocktails for $75. Fare like rum-chili-glazed pork tenderloin will be served at both. Call 215-751-0404 for reservations.

Cuba Libre is getting in on the rum madness on Monday, August 16 with a National Rum Day giveaway. The first 100 people to pop into the from 5:o0 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. will receive a free Rumsicle—yes, that’s a fruit-and-liquor popsicle.

Rum Bar, 2005 Walnut Street, 215-751-0404

Cuba Libre, 10 South 2nd Street, 215-627-0666