Orange is the New Black star Dascha Polanco celebrated National Rum Day on August 16 with the BACARDÍ Premium Rums, HAVANA CLUB Rum, Santa Teresa 1796 Rum, BANKS Rums and the FACUNDO Rum Collection.

Guests gathered at rum bar hotspot Las’ Lap in New York’s Lower East Side neighborhood to celebrate National Rum Day with premium rums from the Bacardi Limited portfolio. Guests sipped on limited-edition rum cocktails, nibbled passed bites and were encouraged to “Raise Your Rum” for the national holiday.

Orange is the New Black actress Dascha Polanco joined in on the fun as she mingled with guests, sipped on elevated libations from each of the premium rums, and stepped behind the bar with Las’ Lap Beverage Director and 2017 BACARDÍ US Legacy winner, Darnell Holguin. The star of the forthcoming In The Heights movie shook up a BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho cocktail because she thought the rum bottle “looked sexy.” In The Heights isn’t the only music Polanco has in the works. She spilled that fans can anticipate her new album coming soon.

Dascha Polanco

Dascha Polanco

Throughout the evening, guests and consumers were treated to an array of limited-edition cocktails available at accounts throughout New York City. Created by the city’s most beloved bartenders from participating venues—including The Lookup, Grand Republic Cocktail Club, Paper Daisy, Cecconi’s Dumbo and Las’ Lap—the premium rum portfolio was featured in five delicious summer cocktails, exclusive to each venue. Guests also received collectable rum-themed pins and scratch off prizes, redeemable exclusively at ReserveBar.com, to continue their National Rum Month festivities at home.

The Bacardi Limited cocktails are available throughout August. Grab your favorite bottle this National Rum Month while supplies last, and mix up one of these delicious drinks to properly celebrate at home.

The Brooklyn Admiral cocktail

The Brooklyn Admiral

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The Brooklyn Admiral

Available exclusively at Grand Republic Cocktail Club

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. HAVANA CLUB Añejo Blanco
  • .5 oz. HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico
  • 1 oz. Peach Brandy
  • .75 oz. Lime juice
  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Ginger Beer (to Top)
  • Mint Sprig (to Garnish)
  • Lemon Wedge (to Garnish)
  • Lime Wheel (to Garnish)
  • Grated Nutmeg (to Garnish)

Preparation: Combine all ingredients, save for the ginger beer and garnishes, in a shaker tin with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Add a splash of ginger beer and garnish with lemon, lime, mint and nutmeg.


Venezuelan Colada cocktail

Venezuelan Colada

Venezuelan Colada

Available exclusively at Paper Daisy

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Santa Teresa 1796
  • .5 oz. Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
  • .5 oz. Chinola
  • 1 oz. Coconut Milk Syrup
  • .75 oz. Pineapple juice
  • .5 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1 dash Absinthe
  • Mint Sprig (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker tin with ice. Whip shake and strain over pebbled ice in a tall glass. Garnish with mint.


Take Flight cocktail

Take Flight

Take Flight

Available exclusively at Las‘ Lap

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. FACUNDO NEO
  • .75 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • .75 oz. Lime Juice
  • .5 oz. Martini Bitters
  • .25 oz. Demerara Syrup
  • .5 oz. FACUNDO EXIMO (to Float)
  • Dehydrated Pineapple Slice (to Garnish)
  • Mint Sprig (to Garnish)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice, except for FACUNDO EXIMO and garnishes, and strain into a double rocks glass with fresh ice. Float FACUNDO EXIMO on top of the drink and garnish with dehydrated pineapple and a mint sprig.