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Treat Yourself to 11 Rum Cocktails You Can Make at Home

Deadbeat Daiquiri. Image: Sharon Pye

As we head into the final bend of summer, it’s important to inventory the season’s essentials: a sturdy pair of flip-flops, a trashy beach read, extra PTO days. Add to that list rum—and lots of it. This month, feed your warm-weather cocktail cravings with everything from a watermelon-fueled Mojito to a classic Piña Colada. Without further ado, we present you with the 11 rum cocktails to make right now.

  • 606 Swizzle

    Complements of Chicago’s Sable Kitchen & Bar, this tall, cool character is built around a tropical dream team of pineapple juice, banana liqueur and two types of rum. Add to that Indian and amontillado sherry, plus a topper of pilsner, and you have a cocktail that’s hard to classify but oh-so easy to drink.

  • Watermelon Mojito

    The ripest, juiciest watermelon in the world is still only a watermelon. But add a shot of good rum, along with fresh mint and some agave nectar, and you suddenly have a seasonal spin on the Mojito, as well as the perfect antidote to fall.

  • Classic Rum-Brandy Punch

    This recipe, inspired by the golden age of punch, comes from cocktail historian and Liquor.com advisory board member David Wondrich. It consists of good-quality cognac (or for a more rustic-flavored drink, Armagnac), dark rum, lemon juice and sugar. Strong, simple, tasty and, best of all, ready to serve.

  • Wind at Your Back

    Crisp early-season apple flavors provide a primer to fall in this Daiquiri-like cocktail. But the ingredient that will really put the sail in your step? Ginger liqueur. The recipe only calls for a quarter-ounce—enough to lend the drink an earthiness around the edges.

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  • Boston Rum Punch

    Most rum is made from molasses, which is about as fast as you want to move in the August heat. All hail the two-ingredient drink! This simple mix of Jamaican rum and homemade lemonade (if you’re really dragging, scoop up a quality store brand) is the lazy person’s excuse for never leaving the hammock.

  • Local Option

    Created by Chicago barman Alex Renshaw during a guest shift at Miami’s Broken Shaker, this rum cocktail balances the toasty caramel flavors of Bacardi eight-year-old rum with the bitter, herbal notes of Luxardo Amaro Abano in a drink that’s balanced, complex and delicious.

  • Bermuda Rum Swizzle

    Why make one drink when you can make a pitcher? This large-format crowd pleaser blends a duo of rums with the tropical one-two punch of orange and pineapple juices. The fun part? Swizzling it all up to a nice, frothy mix before straining in the glass.

  • Piña Colada

    The name alone is shorthand for carefree, summer drinking. The national cocktail of Puerto Rico, the Piña Colada can be made two different ways—blended or shaken and strained over crushed ice. Doesn’t matter what you choose. The bright, simple flavors (rum, coconut and pineapple) always deliver.

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  • Bacardi Cocktail

    Now in its 100th year, this classic sipper hits all the high notes of what a summer cocktail should be. It’s pretty in the glass, fresh on the palate and perfectly balanced with a mix of sweet, sour and clean, dry flavors. Here’s to another 100 years!

    Get the recipe.

  • Deadbeat Daiquiri

    If you’re not a Tiki disciple, you will be after a pull from this decked-out Frozen Daiquiri by iconic New Orleans bar Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29. The cocktail calls for a kitchen sink of ingredients: aged rum, cocoa and maraschino liqueurs, lime juice, chocolate bitters and lychee nuts. Want to really go nuts? Spring for the edible orchid garnish, and you’re all but guaranteed to send your guests home jealous.