On the rum: Don Papa

Celebrate National Rum Day with a flight of fruity cocktails concocted by small-batch Filipino rum producer, Don Papa

Food and Drink 14 Aug 2020

The Don Detox, made with Don Papa rum

The Don Detox, made with Don Papa rum, lemon juice and apple

Flying to the Philippines may be prohibited for all non-nationals this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate National Rum Day this Sunday (16 August) with one of the Asian archipelago’s finest exports.

Independently crafted on the island of Negros, Don Papa rum is made from the distilled molasses of locally sugarcane, and then aged for seven years in former-Bourbon American oak barrels. The resulting rum is smooth and sweet, with notes of vanilla, honey and tropical fruits.

The flavoursome amber liquor is perfect for sipping neat, or served simply on the rocks. However, for a longer and more refreshing summertime tipple, why not try your hand at one (or all three) of these simple cocktails:



30ml Don Papa rum

15ml lemon juice

2 green apples, cored and juiced (or make life easy with ready pressed apple juice)


In a highball glass, add Don Papa and lemon juice, top with ice. Pour over green apple juice and gently stir to combine ingredients. Garnish with a green apple slice.

A Papa Pimm's Cup
A Papa Pimm’s Cup



30ml Don Papa rum

20ml Pimm’s

Squeeze of lemon

2 cucumber ribbons

2 strawberries

Handful of mint

2 lemon slices

125ml ginger ale


In a mixing glass or rocks glass gently muddle together the strawberries and mint with a squeeze of lemon, to release the flavours and break up the strawberries. Line a highball or large wine glass with cucumber ribbon spirals and add the muddled mixture, Don Papa and Pimm’s. Fill glass with ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a sliced strawberry, lemon wheel and mint sprig.

The refreshing Papa Pearfection
The refreshing Papa Pearfection



45ml Don Papa rum

25ml lemon juice

20ml elderflower syrup (1:1 elderflower cordial and simple sugar syrup)

45ml Asian pear, cored and juiced


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake hard for 10-15 seconds. Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a pear slice.

Don Papa rum is available from most leading UK supermarkets, Amazon and masterofmalt.com. Discover more about Don Papa rum cocktail recipes at donpaparum.com