You need to know it. You’ve decided ignorance is no longer an excuse and that any modern man worth his salt should know his agricole from his spiced, his Dark n Stormy from his Hemmingway Daiquiri. We don’t blame you. Trends are cylindrical, and the Tiki culture pioneered by Southern Californian Don the Beachcomber in the 1930s has made a triumphant return, with bartenders and consumers alike sipping as many rum drinks as they can get their greedy mits around. Now it’s your turn.
Building on the success of the Hong Kong Rum Fest, now in its fourth year, self-confessed rumophile Max Traverse, the smiling mug behind Honi Honi and Mahalo, has created the Rum Run, running May 1-21. During this time aficionados and rum newbies alike will be able to sip on one of three signature rum cocktails (HK$100 a pop) at any of 26 designated bars – everyone from Boujis, Frites and Ham & Sherry, through to My House, On Dining and The Continental – across the city. Each bar has crafted their ultimate rum tipples (they’re all entered in the Rum Fest comp so you’ll be drinking well) and each tall, colourful concoction, encrusted with pineapple wedges and umbrellas, will get you a stamp in your Rum Run Passport. Fill your passport like a drug mule and you’ll go into the draw to win a host of rum-themed prizes. The first 20 to fill their passports will win invitations to an exclusive master class with global rum ambassador Ian Burrell at this year’s Rum Fest. Hosted by Mahalo in Wan Chai, this event promises to exhibit a staggering (literally) 151 rums. Of these 20 initial winners, one will also win HK$2,000 (which is just an Uber to the airport shy of what you paid for your cocktails). There’s a host of other rum-related prizes up for grabs and if you really catch rum fever get along to the May 28 Rum Fest, where you can pick up tips from World Flair champ Nicolas Saint-Jean, and rub shoulders with top mixologists like Georgi Radev, Dre Massi, and Davide Boncimino, while you practice your pirate lingo.
Hong Kong Rum Run
May 1-27, 2016
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