Rum is a spirit that has been around for centuries and has been a favorite among many. It's a versatile spirit that can be used in many different ways, but one of the best ways to enjoy it is in a cocktail.
Rum cocktails are popular all over the world, and for good reason. They're refreshing, flavorful, and perfect for any occasion.
As a bartender, I've had the pleasure of trying and creating many different rum cocktails over the years. I've seen how they've evolved and changed with the times, but one thing remains constant: their popularity.
Whether you're looking for something fruity, spicy, or just plain delicious, there's a rum cocktail out there for you.
One of the things I love most about rum cocktails is their versatility. You can use white rum, dark rum, spiced rum, or even flavored rum to create your perfect cocktail.
You can mix it with fruit juices, spices, or even beer to create a unique and flavorful drink that's perfect for any occasion.
In this blog post, I'm going to share with you some of the best rum cocktail recipes I've come across in my years as a bartender. These cocktails are easy to make, delicious, and perfect for any occasion.
So, whether you're hosting a party, having a quiet night at home, or just need a refreshing drink on a hot day, these rum cocktails are sure to satisfy.
1. Painkiller Rum Cocktail
The Painkiller Rum Cocktail is a tropical delight that will transport you to a sunny beach with just one sip. This well-balanced cocktail combines the warmth of spiced or dark rum with the creaminess of coconut cream, and the tanginess of orange and pineapple juice. Sprinkled with nutmeg, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors.
Originally invented in the 1970s at a swim-up bar in the British Virgin Islands, this cocktail has gained popularity worldwide. While the original recipe is mostly juice, this recipe allows you to customize the ratios to suit your personal taste. The Painkiller Rum Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves pina coladas or coconut rum punch.
2. Tropical Coconut Rum Cocktail
The "Tropical Coconut Rum Cocktail" is a must-try for all rum lovers. Served in a coconut shell, this cocktail is a perfect blend of coconut rum and mixers like cream of coconut, orange juice, pineapple juice, club soda, and passion fruit juice. One sip of this cocktail and you'll feel like you're on a tropical vacation, no matter where you are.
This cocktail is perfect for those who love fruity and refreshing drinks. The best part is that you can drink out of a coconut shell, making it a fun and unique experience. So, if you're looking for a delicious and refreshing rum cocktail, the "Tropical Coconut Rum Cocktail" is definitely worth trying.
3. Drunken Monkey Rum Cocktail
The Drunken Monkey Rum Cocktail is a fruity tiki drink that is sure to transport you to the Caribbean with just one sip. This potent cocktail was discovered on a vacation by the author and her partner, and they were immediately hooked. Made with spiced rum, orange bitters, and a variety of fruit juices, this cocktail is perfect for a night in with friends or a summer party.
While the recipe can be adjusted to taste, it is important to remember that this drink packs a punch and should be enjoyed responsibly. If you're looking for a tropical cocktail that will transport you to the islands, the Drunken Monkey Rum Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
4. Rum Swizzle Cocktail
The Rum Swizzle Cocktail is a tropical delight that is sure to transport you to the sunny beaches of Bermuda. Made with a blend of dark and white rum, orange and pineapple juice, grenadine, and bitters, this fruity and rummy cocktail is a must-try for any rum lover.
The swizzle stick, which originated in the Caribbean, is used to stir the drink and give it a unique texture. This cocktail is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day or for enjoying with friends at a party. If you're looking for a refreshing and delicious rum cocktail, the Rum Swizzle is definitely worth a try.
5. Rum and Coke
Rum and Coke is a classic cocktail that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion. It is a simple yet refreshing drink that combines the smooth, slightly sweet flavors of rum with the bold taste of Coke.
You can customize it by choosing from a variety of rums and mixing it with your preferred ratio of Coke. The classic ratio is 1 part rum to 2 parts Coke, but some prefer a 1 to 3 ratio for a sweeter taste. Overall, Rum and Coke is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves a simple yet delicious drink.
6. Classic Mojitos
The Classic Mojito is a refreshing and crowd-pleasing rum cocktail that is perfect for parties and outdoor gatherings. Made with fresh limes, mint leaves, sugar, and white Bacardi rum, this cocktail recipe is easy to make by the pitcher and can be customized with other flavors.
The muddled ingredients are refrigerated for a few hours to infuse the flavors together, and then club soda is added for the perfect bubbly finish. With its bright citrus aroma and delicious taste, the Classic Mojito is a must-try for anyone who loves rum cocktails.
7. Rum Sour
The Rum Sour is a refreshing and simple cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. Made with dark rum, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, and an egg white, this cocktail has a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. The addition of egg white creates a frothy texture that makes the drink even more enjoyable.
While the classic sour cocktail is made with whiskey, the Rum Sour uses dark rum and maple syrup, which gives it a unique and delicious flavor. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and tangy drink. If you are looking for a new cocktail to try, the Rum Sour is definitely worth a shot.
8. Rum Old Fashioned
The Rum Old Fashioned is a delightful twist on the classic old fashioned cocktail. Made with a smooth and rich dark rum, brown sugar, and a few dashes of bitters, this cocktail is packed with roasted, caramelized flavors that evolve with every sip.
The use of quality aged rum brings out captivating aromas of burnt sugar, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, tobacco, and toffee, making it a perfect spirit-forward cocktail for rum lovers. The addition of fragrant orange oils and spices enhances the roasty flavors, creating a complex and aromatic drink that is sure to impress. If you're a fan of rum cocktails, this Rum Old Fashioned is a must-try!
9. Dirty Mojito
The Dirty Mojito is a refreshing twist on the classic mojito cocktail, made with spiced rum instead of white rum for added depth and flavor. It's perfect for those who want to add a little bit of spice to their drink.
The combination of mint, lime, and spiced rum creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave you wanting more. It's a great cocktail to enjoy on the beach or by the pool during the warmer months.
10. Havana Cocktail
The Havana Cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make rum cocktail that's perfect for summertime sipping. Made with white rum, lime, simple syrup, and a splash of orange juice, this cocktail is a great go-to for those who want something light and refreshing.
The white rum used in this cocktail has a sweet, subtle flavor that works perfectly with the other ingredients. A flower garnish on top adds a wow factor and a lovely aromatic dimension to the drink. If you're looking for a simple and delicious rum cocktail to enjoy on a warm day, the Havana Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
11. Pineapple and Orange Coconut Rum Cocktail
The Pineapple and Orange Coconut Rum Cocktail is a tropical delight that combines the sweet and tangy flavors of pineapple and orange with the smooth and creamy taste of coconut rum. This three-ingredient cocktail is perfect for summertime sipping, whether you're lounging by the pool or dreaming of a beach vacation.
The simplicity of the recipe is what makes it so appealing, and the addition of fresh fruit slices on the rim of the glass adds a touch of elegance. If you're a fan of fruity, refreshing cocktails, this one is definitely worth trying.
12. Blackberry Pineapple Rum Cocktail
The Blackberry Pineapple Rum Cocktail is a perfect drink for those who love tropical flavors and summertime vibes. The combination of blackberry syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, and Mount Gay Rum Eclipse creates a refreshing and lively drink that is not too sweet.
The deep red-purplish hue of the cocktail comes from the blackberry syrup, which is a luxurious mixture of cooked blackberries, water, and sugar. This cocktail is perfect for summer parties and can be easily scaled up to serve a large crowd. Overall, the Blackberry Pineapple Rum Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and refreshing rum cocktail.
13. Dark 'N' Stormy Cocktail
Dark 'N' Stormy Cocktail is a refreshing and spicy drink made with spiced rum and ginger beer. It's super simple to make and served over ice with a slice of lime for garnish.
The separation layering of the drink is impressive, and it tastes even better than it looks. Kraken spiced rum is the best to use for its aromatic and rich flavor. If you're looking for a strong and flavorful rum cocktail, the Dark 'N' Stormy is definitely worth a try.
14. Coconut Rum Milk Punch
Looking for a tropical twist to your holiday party punch? Look no further than the Coconut Rum Milk Punch. This cocktail, made with the delicious Koloa Rum Company Kaua'i Coconut Rum, is a decadent blend of coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut sugar.
Served hot or cold, it's the perfect way to transport yourself to a tropical paradise, even in the dead of winter. The whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg and shredded coconut garnish make it a visually stunning addition to any party. Trust us, this is a cocktail that will have your guests talking long after the party is over.
15. Pomegranate Mojito
The Pomegranate Mojito is a refreshing and unique twist on the classic rum cocktail. Made with fresh mint, lime, and pomegranate juice or arils, this cocktail is perfect for a hot summer day. The addition of pomegranate gives it a fruity and slightly tart flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the rum.
The cocktail is easy to customize to your personal taste by adjusting the amount of lime and mint used. Overall, the Pomegranate Mojito is a must-try for anyone looking for a fun and flavorful rum cocktail.
16. Winter Sunshine Rum Cocktail
The Winter Sunshine Rum Cocktail is a refreshing twist on a classic Piña Colada. Made with Malibu Rum, coconut milk, and orange juice, this cocktail is perfect for those looking to escape the winter blues. The drink is creamy and smooth, with a tropical flavor that transports you to a warm, sunny beach.
The coconut flakes on the rim of the glass add a nice touch and complement the flavors of the drink. If you're a fan of rum cocktails, this one is definitely worth trying. It's easy to make and perfect for sharing with friends. So why not mix up a batch and bring a little sunshine to your winter days?
17. Blue Coconut Rum Cocktail
The Blue Coconut Rum Cocktail is a deliciously refreshing and strong cocktail that is perfect for summer. Made with Malibu, Vodka, Blue Curacao, coconut water and coconut cream, this cocktail has a distinct coconut flavor that adds a tropical twist to the drink.
The recipe suggests dipping the rim of the glass into melted white chocolate and coating it with coconut to add an extra touch of glamour to the cocktail. However, it is important to note that this cocktail is not for the faint-hearted as it is mighty strong. If you're looking for a cocktail that will pack a punch and transport you to a tropical paradise, the Blue Coconut Rum Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
18. Dark Rum Mojito
The Dark Rum Mojito is a unique twist on the classic Mojito cocktail. This refreshing drink uses simple ingredients and has everything you love about the traditional recipe, but with the added bonus of a deeper, richer flavor. The use of dark rum instead of white rum gives this cocktail a unique taste with hints of caramel.
The use of raw sugar enhances the caramel notes found in the dark liquor, creating an added flavor dimension to the finished drink. This cocktail is perfect for those who want to try something new while still enjoying the classic taste of a Mojito. If you're a fan of the traditional drink, then you're going to love this fun variation!
19. Strawberry Coconut Cream Rum Cocktail
The Strawberry Coconut Cream Rum Cocktail is a delightful pink drink cocktail that is perfect for a refreshing summer drink. Made with coconut rum, fresh strawberries, freeze-dried strawberries, and sparkling water, this cocktail is a light and creamy drink that is sure to please.
The foam from the sparkling water adds a nice touch to the cocktail, making it look fancy and sophisticated. This cocktail is inspired by the Starbucks pink drink and has a similar taste that is sure to be a hit with everyone who loves it. If you're looking for a new go-to strawberry rum cocktail, the Strawberry Coconut Cream Rum Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
20. Grapefruit & Rum Cocktail
The Grapefruit & Rum Cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make drink that is perfect for grapefruit season. This cocktail requires only a few simple ingredients, including white rum, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, and club soda.
The combination of sweet and tart flavors of grapefruit and lime, along with the subtle kick of rum, makes this cocktail a perfect drink for any occasion. You can also add a splash of bitters or a rosemary sprig to elevate the flavor. If you are a fan of citrus, this cocktail is a must-try. So, grab a glass and enjoy the deliciousness of Grapefruit & Rum Cocktail.
21. Hemingway Daiquiri
The Hemingway Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail named after writer Ernest Hemingway. It's a twist on the original Daiquiri with the addition of maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice.
The combination of tart grapefruit juice, lime, and subtly sweet maraschino cherry liqueur provides a refreshing and intriguing taste. It's best enjoyed cold and garnished with a grapefruit peel. Its unique combination of flavors and refreshing taste make it a must-try for any rum lover.
22. White Rum Elderflower Cocktail
The White Rum Elderflower Cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make drink that's perfect for summer days. Made with white rum and elderflower cordial, this cocktail packs a punch and is perfect for those who love strong drinks. The addition of fresh lemon and mint gives it a juicy and earthy flavor that's hard to resist.
This cocktail is great for those who want to try something new with white rum or are looking for a refreshing drink to enjoy in the sun. If you're a fan of elderflower or mint, then this is definitely a cocktail worth trying. So, go ahead and give it a shot!
23. Hakuna Matata Cocktail
The "Hakuna Matata Cocktail" is a Lion King-inspired drink that is perfect for any Disney movie night. This cocktail is a combination of spiced rum, coconut rum, banana liqueur, and pineapple juice, with a touch of grenadine for a beautiful ombre sunset effect. The drink is strong, but the spiced rum provides a nice balance to the sweetness of the coconut and banana liquors.
The cocktail is garnished with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry, which is a nod to Simba's anointment in the movie. The result is a delicious and visually stunning drink that will make you feel like you're watching the African sunset. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful rum cocktail, the "Hakuna Matata Cocktail" is definitely worth trying.
24. Rum Hot Toddy
The Rum Hot Toddy is a classic cocktail that's perfect for a chilly evening. Made with hot water, honey, and rum, it's a comforting drink that warms you up from head to toe.
Originally made with whiskey, the Rum Hot Toddy has become a popular alternative, especially in America where rum and brandy were more readily available. It's a cozy and restorative drink that's perfect for sipping by the fire.
25. 1888 Rum Sour
The 1888 Rum Sour is a premium cocktail that is sure to impress any rum lover. Made with 1888 Rum, a double-aged rum that is smooth and citrusy, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. The frothy egg white and aromatic bitters add a layer of complexity to the drink, making it a pleasure to sip.
This cocktail is not your average sour, as the quality of the ingredients used is essential to its success. The 1888 Rum Sour is a must-try for anyone looking for a sophisticated and delicious cocktail that is sure to impress.
26. Banana Rum Cocktail
The Banana Rum Cocktail is a unique and refreshing drink made with white rum, fresh pineapple juice, and a whole banana.
The fresh banana gives it a natural sweetness and thickness that cannot be replicated with banana-flavored rum or liqueur. This cocktail is perfect for a hot summer day by the pool or as a fun fruity drink at a party.