From the essential daiquiris to mai tais to mojitos, we’ve got everything you need to know about cocktails with rum.
Before we jump into cocktail recipes, let’s get cover the basics about rum. Rum is a liquor distilled from sugarcane products, usually molasses. In the 17th century in the Caribbean, someone discovered that molasses, the left over by-product of processing sugarcane, could be fermented into alcohol. While highly refined processes create today’s modern rums, the basic flavor profile of rum of sweet, richly toasted sugar has remained the same.
Know your rums
There are quite a few different types of rums, each with a unique flavor profile, so let’s get to know them.
Also known as white or silver rum, you’ll see this rum most commonly. An extra filtrations step removes any impurities from these rums before bottling for a light, clean flavor.
Gold or amber rum
These rums are slightly richer, as a result of added congeners, or caramel during production, and are usually very smooth.
These are typically aged in charred, wooden barrels, which results in the darker color of the rum. Sometimes, distillers use extra dark molasses to produce these dark rums, which results in a rich syrupy body.
Flavored rums have grown in popularity. The method of flavoring rums with unique spices adds an extra kick of flavor and complexity. You’ll find hints of spice from pepper to cinnamon to anise and more.
This style of rum is loved by spirit connoisseurs across the world although it is still gaining popularity in the U.S. So what is it exactly? Only rum produced from the fresh-pressed juice of sugar cane qualifies as rhum agricole. Without the added by-product of molasses, the flavor profile of rhum agricole is often earthy, herbal, and with sweeter, fruitier flavors. A splash of this adds delicious complexity to any of your rum cocktails. If you’re interested in trying it for yourself, you can get a bottle delivered!
Classic Rum Cocktail Recipes
Now that you know your rums, we’re ready to get into some of our favorite rum cocktail recipes. Both rum aficionados and beginners alike can enjoy these recipes. Add these must-haves to your home bar repertoire.
Although there are many variations of the daiquiri out there, the classic recipe is simple and only uses three ingredients: 2 oz rum, 3/4 oz simple syrup, and 3/4 oz lime juice. Just combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake until chilled, and strain into a martini or coupe glass. Get the recipe.
A refreshing classic that’s also incredibly easy to make. You can easily make this as a single serving or as a pitcher for larger groups, so it is a staple for hot summer days. Get the recipe.
Dark and Stormy
This recipe originates from the Royal Naval Officer’s Club in London. Supposedly, a sailor named it after commenting that the color of dark rum and ginger beer was the color of a cloud only a fool or dead man would sail under. Get the recipe.
Winter Cocktails with Rum
Now that we’ve got a few essentials down, here are some deliciously cozy winter cocktails with rum to keep you warm on chilly days.
Hot Buttered Rum
A deliciously warming treat for the holidays. This perfect blend of spices, brown sugar, and rum. Although butter might seem like an unusual ingredient for a cocktail, a pat of butter adds just the right amount of richness to this drink. Once you’ve tried it, we’re sure that you’ll love it. Get the recipe.
A delicious twist on the classic sidecar with the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. This is the perfect drink to savor when you’re in the mood for enjoying something that’s not too sweet. Get the recipe.
Apple Cider Mojito
An irresistible blend of the seasons best flavors. Opt for light rum for a clean, lighter addition to your cocktail. Plus, the addition of mint cuts the sweetness of the apple cider for a perfectly balanced refreshing sip. Get the recipe.
Summer Cocktails with Rum
Although winter rum cocktails are delicious, rum really shines on hot summer days. Here are three of our go-to summer cocktails.
Long Island Iced Tea
This notorious drink may get a bad rap, but the actual recipe when made with the right quantities of each spirit, is delicious – although it does pack a punch! This drink actually contains no tea, but is usually ice-tea colored, hence the name. Get the recipe.
Sparkling Rum Punch
A bubbly take on a classic rum punch. A splash of club soda cuts the sweetness of this Caribbean inspired cocktail, and makes it a light, refreshing drink to sip on hot summer days. Get the recipe.
Tropical Cocktails with Rum
If you’re really getting into the spirit of summer and rum, we’ve got the perfect tropical cocktails for you. Transport yourself to white, sandy beaches and warm, tropical breezes with these delicious sips. These cocktails are heavy on fruit, which usually overpowers the taste of alcohol. In short, they can be dangerously delicious. What we love about tropical cocktails is that you can easily customize them with different exotic fruits and tweak them to your own preference. So enough about them, here are a few of our favorite classic tropical cocktail recipes.
Fun fact – the Mai Tai was so popular that it supposed helped deplete world rum supplies in the 1940s and ‘50s. Although you’ve probably enjoyed sweeter variations of the Mai Tai, a properly made Mai Tai is not overly sweet. Therefore, it allows the flavor of the rum to take center stage. Get the recipe here.
The next time you’re sipping a piña colada on the beach, here’s a fun fact to think about – this iconic drink is said to have been created in the 19th century by Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, to boost his crew’s morale. Plus, in 1978, Puerto Rico named this deliciously refreshing cocktail as its official national drink! Here’s a tip to add an extra burst of flavor to your cocktail: freeze your own fresh pineapple cubes to instead of using pre-frozen pineapple chunks. Get the recipe.
This iconic cocktail originates from New Orleans, and is a delicious blend of rum, passion fruit, and orange juices. Typically, this drink comes served in the lamp-shaped glasses that continue to be known as hurricane glasses. Get the recipe.
Now that you’ve got a list of rum cocktails to sip your way through, why not order a bottle for yourself and shake up some delicious drinks.
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