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National Rum Punch Day x Papa's Pilar

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Today is National Rum Punch Day, unbeknownst to some, but definitely a good excuse to drink one of the best classic Tiki cocktails around. Thanks to the good folks at Papa’s Pilar, we’re featuring a single-serve rum punch recipe below that will transport you to your favorite beachside resort from the comfort of your own home.

First things first, I’ve never heard of National Rum Punch Day, and considering it’s one of the first big-batch cocktails I learned to make, that shocks me. Further, rum punch falls directly in line with the Tiki cocktail category by way of using rum and fruit juices to bring all of that island flair together in the glass. Do note that rum isn’t the only base spirit used for Tiki cocktails but definitely a common one.

Papa’s Pilar, bottled by the Hemingway Rum Company in Key West, Fla., earns its namesake from famed writer Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway earned the nickname Papa by way of his vast international travels and it stuck. Hemingway also resided in the warm environs of Florida and Cuba, hence why it makes sense that the notable adventurer’s legacy is deeply attached to Papa’s Pilar. Pilar was the name of Hemingway’s boat, which served as his vehicle for his many travels.

With a handful of expressions, Papa’s Pilar offers a dark, blonde, and sherry cask-finished rum in its flagship lineup. The brand also offers an array of limited edition rums, including a bourbon barrel and rye barrel finished expression among them. The rums from Papa’s Pilar that make it to the public are sourced from across the Caribbean, Central, South, and North America.

For National Rum Punch Day, the blonde expression of Papa’s Pilar is the star but I imagine one could replace the younger juice with one of the brand’s aged offerings and it’d be just as exceptional. Now for the aptly-named Papa’s Punch recipe.

Papa’s Punch


2 oz Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum

2 oz orange juice

2 oz pineapple juice

0.5 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz strawberry syrup or puree


Serve over ice.

Garnish with a pineapple slice.

It wasn’t in the directions but I’d give this cocktail a more than liberal stir to combine all the flavors. Typically, rum punch is a big format drink perfect for parties (and there is a whole bottle recipe in the IG post below), so if you’re like me and love to use a whole bottle of rum for large gatherings, just use the ratio of rum to juice above and increase it according to your needs.

To learn more about Papa’s Pilar, please follow this link.

Photo: Papa’s Pilar/Getty