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Try the top classic dark rum cocktails that highlight this unique type of rum! These drinks make the most of its deep caramel flavor.

Dark rum cocktails

All rum is not the same. In fact, dark rum should be considered an entirely different type of liquor from the white variety! Dark rum is aged and has a deep, caramel smoky sweet flavor. It’s entirely unlike the light, fruity flavor of white rum. So it’s not surprising that drink recipes call specifically for the alcohol based on color.

Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re cocktail experts with over 300 cocktail recipes under our belt and over 50 of them with rum. Here’s our list of the essential dark rum cocktails that highlight the unique flavor of this type of liquor! There’s 1940s drinks like the Mai Tai and Hurricane, modern classics like the Jungle Bird, tropical drinks perfect for the beach, and even a centuries-old hot buttered rum for sipping on chilly evenings.

Want more? Try 21 Classic Rum Cocktails, 20 White Rum Cocktails or 15 Summer Rum Cocktails.

And now…the top dark rum cocktails to try!

More rum drinks

There are lots more drinks to try outside of these dark rum cocktails, especially if you’ve got bottles of white or aged rum! Here are a few more lists of cocktail ideas:

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Mai Tai Recipe

12 Top Dark Rum Cocktails

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s how to make the original Mai Tai! Gather the ingredients for this tropical dark rum drink that’s as complex as it is fruity.


  • 1 ½ ounces* aged rum
  • ½ ounce Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce orgeat syrup
  • ½ ounce dark rum
  • For the garnish: Fresh mint, cocktail cherry, pineapple slice, lime wedge


  1. Place the aged rum, orange liqueur, lime juice, and orgeat syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until cold.
  2. Strain the drink into an ice-filled glass. Top with the dark rum. Garnish with fresh mint, a lime wedge, cocktail cherry and pineapple slice.


*To convert to tablespoons: 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Dark rum cocktails, dark rum drinks

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Lots of great ideas! I came here looking for more ways to enjoy Rum, my hands down favorite spirit, and I wasn’t disappointed. However I was surprised to see one of my all time favorite drinks missing: the Rum Runner.

    I originally discovered this drink on a trip to Disney World while waiting out a heavy thunder storm at one of the water parks. After returning home I looked up a bunch of recipes online and ultimately settled on this one:

    1 part Spiced Rum (such as Captain Morgan)
    1 Part Dark Rum (Myers Dark is my preferred choice)
    1 part Blackberry Brandy
    1 part Creme de Banana
    3 parts Orange Juice
    3 parts Pineapple Juice

    mix and serve over ice (I refer crushed ice, but cubed works fine)
    optional: float the dark rum on top instead of mixed in

    Personally, I’m not a fan of spiced rum so I often just use 2 parts Myers Dark, but it does loose a little nuance. After reading the recipes here I’ll probably try an aged rum instead of the spiced rum in the future.