Here are the best classic rum cocktails to make, with either white or dark rum! These popular fruity mixed drinks will please everyone.

Rum cocktails

We’re not going to lie. Rum cocktails are some of the most delightfully refreshing mixed drinks there are! Rum is often paired with sweet and tangy fruity flavors, making cocktails that are very easy to drink (sometimes too easy). This liquor made from sugar cane became popular in the US as early as the 1700’s, and we’ve been drinking it ever since. (Here’s more on rum history, if you want to geek out.)

Rum stars in some of the most classic cocktails, like the Classic Daiquiri and the Mojito. It’s perfect for spiking frozen drinks like a 1990’s-style frozen daiquiri, and even great in hot drinks like Buttered Rum. Whatever the occasion or season…there’s a rum drink for that.

Looking for dark rum? Go to Top 10 Dark Rum Cocktails.

And now…the top classic rum cocktails to try!

Two more unique rum cocktails

Looking for a few unique rum cocktails outside of the classic ideas? Here are a few creative spins on a rum drink:

Dark rum vs light rum vs aged rum: what’s the difference?

A few of the rum cocktails above use dark rum: something altogether different than the light rum you get for daiquiris and piña coladas! Here’s a breakdown of the differences:

  • Aged rum Also referred to as golden rum, amber rum, or añejo rum (meaning “aged”). Aging gives it a complex flavor, more like a Cognac. It has undertones of vanilla, coconut, almond, citrus, or caramel.
  • Dark rum is also aged; it has a dark color and a rich, developed flavor with caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla notes.
  • Light rum or white rum is clear and has a smoother, more straightforward flavor than dark rum.
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Lime cocktails

Classic Daquiri (& More Rum Cocktails!)

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


One of the most classic rum cocktails is  daiquiri! This classic recipe has the perfect balance of boozy, tart and sweet with rum, lime and sweetener.


  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) best quality light or white rum
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoonsimple syrup or maple syrup
  • Lime slice, for garnish


  1. Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. String into a cocktail glass. Serve garnished with a lime slice.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Rum cocktails, Daiquiri

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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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