10 Rum Cocktails Everyone Should Know

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.

And now…the top classic rum cocktails to try!

Dark rum vs light 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:

  • Dark rum is aged longer than white rum. 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, sweeter flavor than dark rum.
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Rum cocktails

Classic Daquiri


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

Description

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.


Scale

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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

Keywords: Rum cocktails, Daiquiri

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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