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

All rum is not the same. In fact, dark rum should be considered an entirely different type of liquor from the light variety! Dark rum is aged, so it 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 are all the essential dark rum cocktails that highlight the unique flavor of this type of liquor! There are classics from the 1940’s, tropical drinks perfect for the beach, and even a centuries old drink for sipping on chilly evenings.

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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Dark rum cocktail

Mai Tai (& 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

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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