Shake up a rum cocktail and beat the summer heat, rum cocktails can be enjoyed during hot days as well as cool gusty nights. Rum cocktails are linked to tropical cocktails because of their sweetness; this is so because rum derives a distinct flavor from sugarcane. Rum is the most commonly used liquor in preparing cocktails and is also popular as cocktail friendly liquor. Rum can blend well with any cocktail ingredient and so is the most popular liquor choice for cocktails.
Flavored rum has gained wide popularity over the years. Dark, light or gold rum - the taste lingers! The first rum cocktail in America was made from rum, sugar, water, and lemon juice; it was named ‘rum sling’. Tempting and multicolored cocktails can be prepared with rum as the base. Look up exciting rum cocktail recipes.
Rum cocktails gain their flavor from the type of rum that has been used to prepare the cocktail.
This variety of rum is often used to prepare cocktails. Light, sweet and clean flavored, this is subtle liquor. Light rum is light-bodied and is also known as white rum or silver rum. This rum is clear and does not have a flavor of its own.
This rum is mixed with light rum to prepare cocktails. This rum has a sweet and rich flavor and is heavy-bodied rum. This rum is aged in charred whiskey barrels; lending the rum the rich flavor and dark color.
Gold rum is used instead of light rums in few cocktails; this rum is medium-bodied. Gold rum is dark, smooth and rich and is also known as amber rum.
Over proof rum:
Also known as high-proof rum, this rum is used as the float or dash in a cocktail. This rum has to be consumed only after diluting it as it contains 75% pure alcohol.
Popular rum cocktails
Pina colada rum cocktail:
A mix of pineapple, coconut and rum, this is a tropical rum cocktail.
Dark rum 1 part
White rum 2 parts
Coconut cream 2 parts
Pineapple juice 3 parts
Cracked ice cubes
Pineapple wedge for garnish
In a blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth. Transfer the cocktail into a tall frosted glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge, serve.
This drink gets its name from an island in West Indies that grows cinnamon that is used in the cocktail.
Gold rum 3 parts
Orange juice 1 part
Sweet vermut 1 part
Place ice cubes in the cocktail shaker and pour the rum over it. Add the vermouth and the orange juice. Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cinnamon and serve.
This cocktail was very famous during the 19th century. Planter’s punch originated from an Indian drink, punch i.e. panch in Indian vernacular meant five, five ingredients were used to make that Indian drink.
White rum 2 parts
Dark rum 2 parts
Lime juice 1 part
Lemon juice 1 part
Grenadine a dash
Simple syrup 1 tsp
Lemon wedge for garnishing
Sparkling mineral water for topping
Cracked ice cubes
In a cocktail shaker put five ice cubes; add all the ingredients except the mineral water. Shake briskly, allow frost to form. Put ice cubes in a tall Collins glass and strain the cocktail on top of it. Use the mineral water to top up the cocktail. Garnish with fruit wedge.
This fruit juice and rum drink was created during the Second World War at Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans. It gained its popularity in 1939 during the New York World fair. The drink was named hurricane after it was served in a hurricane lamp-shaped glass.
Grenadine 1 tbsp
Simple syrup 1 tbsp
Orange juice 1 oz
Passion fruit juice 2 oz
Dark rum 2 oz
Light rum 2 oz
Cherry and orange wedge for garnishing
Lime juice from half a lime
In a cocktail shaker, add ice and pour lime juice over it. Add the remaining ingredients to the cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain the cocktail into a hurricane glass. Garnish with cherry and orange wedge.
A strong cocktail prepared from a combination of fruit juice, liquor and rum. It serves as a perfect party drink. The fruit juice in this cocktail masks the strong rum flavor.
Dark rum 1 oz
Light rum ½ oz
High-proof dark rum ½ oz
Grenadine 2 dashes
Lemon juice 11/4 oz
Orange juice ¾ oz
Cherry brandy ½ oz
In a cocktail shaker, add ice and empty all the ingredients into it. Shake well. Strain into a high ball glass along with ice.
Daiquiri is rum based. Besides rum, all that you need to make daiquiri is lime or lemon juice and simple syrup. In case, you do not have simple syrup, add two parts granulated sugar to one part water. Let the mixture boil. Stir and dissolve the sugar. Allow the syrup to cool and store in a bottle.
Sour orange daiquiri
- Keep ready cocktail shaker, cocktail glasses
- Get fresh fruit juice of one sour orange, 3 big dashes of sugar syrup, 6 oz. Aged rum, one and half oz. Grand Marnier or good Curacao and few orange slices.
- Put ice first and then the ingredients in the same order. Shake well.
- Pour into cocktail glasses.
- Garnish with an orange slice.
- Keep ready a cocktail shaker (with strainer), martini glass
- 2 0z. White rum, ½ oz. Fresh limejuice, ¼ oz. Simple syrup and 6 fresh strawberries.
- Hull the strawberries.
Daiquiri rum cocktail:
Daiquiri was the favorite drink of Hemingway; daiquiri is a combination of lime juice and rum.
White rum 2 oz
Grapefruit juice 1 oz
Juice from half a lime
Maraschino liqueur ¼ oz
In a cocktail shaker, squeeze the lime juice. To this add the balance ingredients along with crushed ice. Serve in frosted cocktail glass.
Shake up white rum (1 oz), cola (8 oz), and little lime juice and its ready to serve.
Rum cocktail glasses
Serve rum cocktail the right way to enhance the flavor of the cocktail. Serving in the wrong glass might spoil the look of the cocktail. Follow this guide to serve the most popular rum cocktails.
Highball glass that is not very slender and is more decorative.
Hurricane glass with a huge capacity; it is mainly used to serve tropical cocktails where lots of ice is used. The capacity of this glass is 240 – 300ml.
Cocktail glass with a long stem that protects the drink from the heat in the hands. The V-shape of this glass permits excellent adornment of the drink. Small glasses have a capacity of 50 to 70 ml and large glasses have a capacity of 120 to 150 ml.
Tall frosted cocktail glass
Hemingway special rum cocktail:
Tall frosted cocktail glass
Collins glass with a capacity of 230 to 280ml.
Old-fashioned glass is used to serve cocktails on the rocks.