Rum isn’t just for Tiki drinks. Though often reserved for tropical libations and sandy destinations, the spirit mixes well with stiff stirred drinks and fruity ones alike. Try these 11 cocktails to see just how versatile rum truly is.
Cucumber and coconut water come together to create the most refreshing rum cocktail of the summer. Add a dash of Frangelico, strain into a chilled coupe and enjoy with a cucumber garnish for an extra hit of fresh flavor and color.
2: COBRA’S FANG
This frozen Tiki cocktail will keep you cool on even the hottest days. Though the ingredient list may be a bit daunting—it’s nine ingredients long with mix-ins ranging from two types of rum to fruit juice to fasciola syrup—the end result is well worth it. Simply pour everything into a blender with ice, mix it up and serve in a Tiki mug with a mint leaf and a lime wheel.
Take your taste buds to the beach with this super summery drink. Lime juice, rich simple syrup and coconut water are a cool backdrop for white rum. Shake and strain into a glass, then squeeze a lime wedge over the top and drop it in the drink for an extra kick of citrus.
4: CHINESE 5 SPICED DARK ’N’ STORMY
A typical Dark ’n Stormy gets a lightly spiced upgrade with this recipe. The spiced rum is easy to make: Simply combine Chinese five-spice powder with rum, shake and let sit for at least an hour. Once the flavors have melded, pour it into a glass and top with ginger beer, a lime wedge, and a straw.
5: BOSTON RUM PUNCH
Mix up a batch of this punch anytime you’re hosting a crowd. The fruity combination will satisfy even the pickiest taste buds. The simple mix of Jamaican rum and lemonade is easy to multiply for a large group, and lemon and strawberry slices serve as beautiful, yet uncomplicated, garnishes.
6: WILSON’S SMASH
Caramelized pineapple syrup helps to bring this smash to a whole new level. When mixed with aged rum, lime juice, Angostura bitters, absinthe and mint, the syrup brings a toasty, deeply fruity flavor to an otherwise classically tropical drink.
7: KINGSTON COLADA
Coconut and pineapple are rum’s best friends in this light refresher. All you need is rum, coconut water, pineapple juice, Angostura bitters and a squeeze of lime. Though you can enjoy it any time of year, this is best served outside in the summer sun.
If the name wasn’t enough of a hint, this drink is basically a tropical vacation in a glass. Aged Dominican rum shines, with crème de banana and Castries peanut rum crème liqueur to balance it out with some smooth nuttiness. Cream of coconut makes it all creamy, and a splash of pineapple juice adds a little extra fruit flavor.
9: SPICED RUM MILK PUNCH
This creamy cocktail is the perfect nightcap, and it’s easy to pull together at the end of a long day too. Just shake spiced rum, simple syrup, pure vanilla extract and milk, strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass, and top with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon.
10: AUTUMN RUM OLD FASHIONED
This isn’t your typical Old Fashioned. Barbadian rum lightens the drink considerably from its traditional counterpart, while a homemade apple cider syrup adds autumnal flair. A few dashes of bitters and expressed oils from an orange peel round everything out into a bitter well-balanced cocktail in anticipation of fall.
11: MAGIC COTTON CANDY DAIQUIRI
Treat your guests to a cocktail and a show with this stunning concoction. A big fluff of cotton candy magically disappears when it’s topped with light rum and lime juice and finished with Champagne.