Rum and Woke

Five ways to make your morning coffee extra spirited

It’s National Rum Day, and boy do we have a way to get you drinking from morning ‘til night. Well, not really. But we have compiled a list of Hudson Valley coffee roasters featuring brews flavored with our favorite golden booze (sorry, white-rum lovers). No hangovers here.

American Bounty

Count on the Culinary Institute of America to create the most indulgent of rum-based brews with local flair. The on-campus restaurant constructs their “rumbullion” coffee using Stanfordville’s Taconic Distillery aged rum in a classic roast, served with steamed milk and soulful cardamom-nutmeg syrup. Not a coffee drinker? Their rum-soaked orange hot chocolate with Cointreau and Brooklyn-based Owney’s Rum is also a winner.

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Coffee Labs Roasters

When Tarrytown’s Coffee Labs Roasters likewise met Taconic Distillery, we knew it was going to be a marriage made in coffee heaven. The partnership produced a sweet and nutty roast, with notes of caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla. Comically named the Drunken Dog, it was created by aging green, unroasted coffee in an emptied white-oak rum barrel to infuse the beans with boozy flavors. If you like what you sip, you can even find Taconic’s maple syrup products sold there.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees

Yes, we’re sending you to a mall for this pick. Located within the Poughkeepsie Galleria, Gloria Jean’s offers not one, but two rum-inspired finds. Here, Arabica beans are infused with rum, candied pecans, and pastries to create their New Orleans pecan torte-flavored coffee, while butter, rum, and warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are combined for their spiced butter rum-flavored variety.  

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Turn your everyday cup of Joe into a trip to the tropics with a cup of Jamaican rum spice coffee in Kingston. Calming caramel and vanilla flavors are combined with a hint of rum to really get your morning going.

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