Celebrate National Rum Day with Don Papa Rum

Frozen Pabloso, photo provided by Don Papa Rum
Frozen Pabloso, photo provided by Don Papa Rum /

National Rum Day is for rum lovers and it’s the best day of the summer.

Is your cocktail glass ready for National Rum Day on Sunday, August 16, 2020?  Don Papa is here to celebrate with us.

Don Papa rum is handcrafted on the ethereal island of Negros, Philippines. This lush green island is also known as Sugarlandia where Don Papa mills sugar cane to produce sweet, rich molasses beginning  the process of making their signature rum.  Aged up to seven years in American Oak barrels the rum is then blended and packaged in its distinctive corked bottle with The Don’s picture on the front. ( Don Papa is named after Papa Isio, a leader of the Philippine Revolution during the 1890s.) The first thing you’ll notice about this rum is the artistic packaging which earned a double gold medal for packaging design at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and product innovation of the year at the 2013 Paris Cocktail Spirits Show.

Don Papa Rum  is rich with flavors of vanilla, honey and candied fruits and has a long, smooth finish. Filipino sugar cane is sweeter than most other sugar canes, so you will find plenty of sweetness in this rum.  The first whiff of Don Papa and you’ll be carried away to the tropics, the land of coconuts and tropical fruits.

Along with  their flagship rum  aged up to 7 years; Don Papa  offers a 10 year old rum which is a darker bold rum with notes of cacao, dried fruits and a hint of oak; Rare Cask  with notes of cacao, oak,  hints of citrus and a long finish of wild mint and Sherry Cask with a nutty nose and a fruity taste and a long smooth finish; Masskarra infused with calamansi with distinctive citrus notes, honey with a touch of heat and spice; Sevillana bursting with fragrant orange and vanilla flavors, nutty aroma and silky mouthfeel. These special rums are available in the UK. The 7 year aged rum is available in the U.S.

Enjoy Don Papa Rum neat, on the rocks, or over one jumbo cube of ice that will chill the rum, but not dilute it as quickly as several small cubes of ice.

National Rum Day, Don Papa Rum
Frozen Pabloso, photo provided by Don Papa Rum /

Don Papa rum is fabulous in cocktails too:

The Don’s Signature Jane Fonda Frozen Cocktail

If you are in the mood for an icy cold frozen drink on a hot summer day…

Recipe: Don Papa Rum

  • 1.5 oz Don Papa Rum
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • .5 oz coconut juice
  • Ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth

Pour into a glass, and enjoy!

Papa Bird Cocktail

Recipe: Paste Magazine, August 11, 2017

Colorful layers in the cocktail glass! Perfect for sippin’ and celebrating!


  • 2 oz. Don Papa Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Campari
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice

Directions: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients. Add ice & shake; pour fresh ice over Campari in a white wine serving glass and slowly strain (& layer) the mix into the serving glass (do not let the layers combine). Drip 3-5 drops of blue curacao on the inner sides of glass & immediately stir to create a blue top layer.

Sunset By The Bay

Enjoy this lovely cocktail as the sun disappears on the horizon…

Recipe: Don Papa Rum


  • 1.5 Don Papa rum
  • 3 1/4 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/3 ounce grenadine

In a tall glass with ice, add Don Papa rum, then add orange juice, then add pineapple juice, then slowly add grenadine. Garnish with an orange wheel.

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