Given SA’s status as a big sugar-cane producer, the South African resurgence of rum and accompanying cocktails has been a long time coming – and now it’s here. Red Heart has been satisfying rum lovers for over a century, but we’re shifting our eye to small batch distillers such as KwaZulu-Natal’s Tapanga Rum and the Western Cape’s Blackstrap Rum by Inverocche. To celebrate the rum revolution at home, find the recipe for this refreshing Rum Manhattan. For those who enjoy sipping in the city, we've found our five favourite rum cocktails in Cape Town.
5 not-to-miss rum cocktails in Cape Town
Cuba Libre from Cape to Cuba
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Enjoy a picturesque view while savouring a tasty Cuba Libre at Cape to Cuba in Kalk Bay. Simple yet delicious (it's made with dark rum, cola and fresh lemon), this rum cocktail embraces classic Cuban flavours reminiscent of a Caribbean beach.
Table Mountain Sunset from Harald's Bar & Terrace
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Table Mountain plus sunsets equal the epitome of perfect Cape Town living. Harald's Bar & Terrace, on the 11th floor of the Park Inn Foreshore hotel, delivers spectacular views of the iconic natural feature – the inspiration behind the signature rum cocktail: Table Mountain Sunset. Consisting of rum, cranberry juice, orange juice, blood orange extracts and lime, the drink emulates the fiery colours of the city at dusk.
Playa Los Flamentos at Café Caprice
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Camps Bay is one of the best spots to enjoy drinks, for sundowners or otherwise. Café Caprice offers a range of signature rum cocktails, our favourite being the Playa los Flamentos. Made with Havana Añejo 7 Años, ginger and elderflower, it's refreshing and subtle. It's the perfect accompaniment to the busy Camps Bay boulevard.
Head in the Clouds at Asoka
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Kloof Street's Asoka is known for its cocktails. The restaurant invites guests to come for dinner and stay for drinks, and the rum cocktail menu is more than enough temptation to do just that. We recommend a Head in the Clouds, made from Ron Zacapa Rum, Tanqueray Gin, cloudy apple juice, green cardamom syrup, fresh raspberries and lime. It's a fruity, mystical taste sensation.
Anything at Seabreeze's dedicated rum bar
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It makes sense that one of Cape Town's favourite seafood restaurants would have a dedicated rum bar. Seabreeze in Bree Street boasts a host of fresh fish dishes and to go with them, the ultimate maritime drinks. Choose from eight rum cocktails and 11 rums that hail from around the globe.