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Pumpkin-spiced eggnog at Heartwood Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

10 San Francisco Rum Cocktails to Lift Your Holiday Spirits

A taste of the Caribbean to warm the coldest season

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You don’t have to wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day. You don’t have to watch fireworks on July Fourth. And no matter how busy Santa is at the workshop, you don’t actually have to drink hot cocoa.

Yes, a reminder of the season is lovely, but with the weather outside being frightful, maybe a smooth Puerto Rican rum like BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho is a more appropriate holiday beverage. The flavors of warm baking spices, caramel, toffee, and vanilla that come through rum provide the break you need from holiday stress. These bars serve versions of rum cocktails that could even make Santa trade that fur-lined suit for trunks and a beach chair.

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Cavaña

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Grab a seat at this rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking Mission Bay for both its menu of Central and South American favorites and its inventive cocktails. The Banana Madera takes Santa Teresa 1796 rum, vermouth, oloroso sherry, and plantain oleo rum for a well-balanced drink that will keep you warm even 17 stories above the city. Pair it with the vanilla-forward quesillo for maximum effect.

The Banana Madera at Cavana Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Third Rail

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The latitude of 10 degrees north goes through Venezuela, the home of Santa Teresa 1796 rum. Head down to 10 degrees south, and you may be in Peru, the nation credited with inventing pisco. Combine the two, like this Dogpatch go-to has, and you get the Latitude No. 10, a cleverly named concoction that also adds nectarine, apricot, black tea, and lime to the two spirits. Pro tip: Anyone who consumes red meat needs to combine a cocktail here with the bar’s beef jerky – and vegans, the mushroom jerky is worth the order, too.

Latitude No. 10 at Third Rail Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Liliana

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Wood tables, wood panels on the wall, loose firewood – there’s a theme at play at this newcomer that gives it a warm and autumnal feeling. The Cozey Timez is, as it sounds, appropriate for the season of sweaters and cuddling on the couch watching holiday specials. The cocktail combines Santa Teresa 1796 rum with fig leaf, pear, cinnamon, orange liqueur, and pepper to warm the cockles of the heart. Whatever those are.

Cozey Timez at Liliana Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Heartwood

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In the Financial District, this love letter to the outdoors feels even more appropriate in the winter, like a holiday getaway to a cabin in the woods. Using the BACARDÍ Ocho Sherry Cask in its pumpkin-spiced eggnog gives Heartwood’s take on the seasonal classic an even-smoother taste, with a little dried fruit and more vanilla. Pair it with goat cheese and mushroom toast or a smashburger for a hearty combo meal appropriate for the cold weather.

Pumpkin-spiced eggnog at Heartwood Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

The Treasury

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Like presents hidden in your parents’ closet, some of the ingredients that make the coquito here are secrets (though unlike those wrapped secrets, none of the ingredients seem to be socks or pencil erasers). But anything that starts from the combination of BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho and coconut is going to have that transportive taste of this Puerto Rican holiday cocktail, and at this Financial District go-to, trusting the bartenders and their “secrets” is a good policy.

Coquito at the Treasury Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Kona's Street Market

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The looser, more playful sibling of Pacific Cocktail Haven opened during the dark days of early 2021, but it has made a name for itself (as its 2022 nomination for the best new cocktail bar in the West would indicate). In the Sipping Santa, BACARDÍ Ocho Sevillian Orange and amaro meet up with flavors as bright as a certain reindeer’s nose; citrus, ginger, and nutmeg create a multi-faceted cocktail that bears a resemblance to a rum-based Paper Plane.

Sipping Santa at Kona’s Street Market Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Pacific Cocktail Haven

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The award-winning Union Square haunt might have concocted the ultimate holiday quaff to fuel last-minute online present shopping sprees. The Turn Down for Nut combines Santa Teresa 1796 and BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho rums, black sesame, cold brew, and almond cream for a result reminiscent of a rum-based espresso martini. Drink responsibly, but shop irresponsibly.

Turn Down for Nut at Pacific Cocktail Haven Allison Webber Photography

The Beehive

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It’s fitting that one of the oldest, most traditional of December drinks finds a home at this mid-century throwback bar in the Mission District. The Beehive’s take on eggnog — the Reindeer Hooch — uses BACARDÍ Ocho Sherry Cask rum as a clever way to incorporate two of the drink’s traditional spirits. The tasting notes imparted by the sherry cask aging give the drink a little bit of citrus lightness to play against the mixed drink’s creamier elements.

Reindeer Hooch at the Beehive Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

The Presidio newcomer focuses on Mediterranean flavors on both its food and drinks menus. A spin on the Cuban classic, the Dalida Hotel Nacional caramelizes the drink’s pineapple and adds a Mediterranean kick with Lebanese seven spice tincture to complement the base of Santa Teresa 1796 rum. It’s a lovely prelude to or nightcap after a walk through the Presidio to admire the holiday lights.

Dalida Hotel Nacional at Dalida Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

This Mission neighborhood haunt is located at the second-oldest continuously operating saloon address in the city. It’s fitting, then, that the holidays here mean dipping back into the classics with a take on the hot buttered rum, with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho adding the kick to the traditional batter. Elixir also makes a great source for holiday gifts for cocktail fans, whether you opt for a set of engraved glasses or a ticket to an upcoming tasting or class.

Hot buttered rum at Elixir Rachel Rinehart
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Cavaña

Grab a seat at this rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking Mission Bay for both its menu of Central and South American favorites and its inventive cocktails. The Banana Madera takes Santa Teresa 1796 rum, vermouth, oloroso sherry, and plantain oleo rum for a well-balanced drink that will keep you warm even 17 stories above the city. Pair it with the vanilla-forward quesillo for maximum effect.

The Banana Madera at Cavana Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Third Rail

The latitude of 10 degrees north goes through Venezuela, the home of Santa Teresa 1796 rum. Head down to 10 degrees south, and you may be in Peru, the nation credited with inventing pisco. Combine the two, like this Dogpatch go-to has, and you get the Latitude No. 10, a cleverly named concoction that also adds nectarine, apricot, black tea, and lime to the two spirits. Pro tip: Anyone who consumes red meat needs to combine a cocktail here with the bar’s beef jerky – and vegans, the mushroom jerky is worth the order, too.

Latitude No. 10 at Third Rail Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Liliana

Wood tables, wood panels on the wall, loose firewood – there’s a theme at play at this newcomer that gives it a warm and autumnal feeling. The Cozey Timez is, as it sounds, appropriate for the season of sweaters and cuddling on the couch watching holiday specials. The cocktail combines Santa Teresa 1796 rum with fig leaf, pear, cinnamon, orange liqueur, and pepper to warm the cockles of the heart. Whatever those are.

Cozey Timez at Liliana Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Heartwood

In the Financial District, this love letter to the outdoors feels even more appropriate in the winter, like a holiday getaway to a cabin in the woods. Using the BACARDÍ Ocho Sherry Cask in its pumpkin-spiced eggnog gives Heartwood’s take on the seasonal classic an even-smoother taste, with a little dried fruit and more vanilla. Pair it with goat cheese and mushroom toast or a smashburger for a hearty combo meal appropriate for the cold weather.

Pumpkin-spiced eggnog at Heartwood Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

The Treasury

Like presents hidden in your parents’ closet, some of the ingredients that make the coquito here are secrets (though unlike those wrapped secrets, none of the ingredients seem to be socks or pencil erasers). But anything that starts from the combination of BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho and coconut is going to have that transportive taste of this Puerto Rican holiday cocktail, and at this Financial District go-to, trusting the bartenders and their “secrets” is a good policy.

Coquito at the Treasury Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Kona's Street Market

The looser, more playful sibling of Pacific Cocktail Haven opened during the dark days of early 2021, but it has made a name for itself (as its 2022 nomination for the best new cocktail bar in the West would indicate). In the Sipping Santa, BACARDÍ Ocho Sevillian Orange and amaro meet up with flavors as bright as a certain reindeer’s nose; citrus, ginger, and nutmeg create a multi-faceted cocktail that bears a resemblance to a rum-based Paper Plane.

Sipping Santa at Kona’s Street Market Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Pacific Cocktail Haven

The award-winning Union Square haunt might have concocted the ultimate holiday quaff to fuel last-minute online present shopping sprees. The Turn Down for Nut combines Santa Teresa 1796 and BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho rums, black sesame, cold brew, and almond cream for a result reminiscent of a rum-based espresso martini. Drink responsibly, but shop irresponsibly.

Turn Down for Nut at Pacific Cocktail Haven Allison Webber Photography

The Beehive

It’s fitting that one of the oldest, most traditional of December drinks finds a home at this mid-century throwback bar in the Mission District. The Beehive’s take on eggnog — the Reindeer Hooch — uses BACARDÍ Ocho Sherry Cask rum as a clever way to incorporate two of the drink’s traditional spirits. The tasting notes imparted by the sherry cask aging give the drink a little bit of citrus lightness to play against the mixed drink’s creamier elements.

Reindeer Hooch at the Beehive Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Dalida

The Presidio newcomer focuses on Mediterranean flavors on both its food and drinks menus. A spin on the Cuban classic, the Dalida Hotel Nacional caramelizes the drink’s pineapple and adds a Mediterranean kick with Lebanese seven spice tincture to complement the base of Santa Teresa 1796 rum. It’s a lovely prelude to or nightcap after a walk through the Presidio to admire the holiday lights.

Dalida Hotel Nacional at Dalida Miguel Salehi, Equal Parts Media

Elixir

This Mission neighborhood haunt is located at the second-oldest continuously operating saloon address in the city. It’s fitting, then, that the holidays here mean dipping back into the classics with a take on the hot buttered rum, with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho adding the kick to the traditional batter. Elixir also makes a great source for holiday gifts for cocktail fans, whether you opt for a set of engraved glasses or a ticket to an upcoming tasting or class.

Hot buttered rum at Elixir Rachel Rinehart

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