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10 Great Rum Cocktails to Make at Home

Boston Rum Punch. Image: Tim Nusog

If rum isn’t a staple in your summertime drinking regimen, you’re doing something very wrong. What other spirit can instantly transport you to a beach vacation in the tropics? Whether you kneel at the altar of Tiki or are just an occasional Daiquiri dabbler, chances are there’s a rum drink perfect for you. Not sure where to start? These are 10 rum cocktails you can mix at home right now.

  • Maracuya Mistress

    Tim Nusog

    A take on the classic Ti’ Punch, the Maracuya Mistress is a sweet, citrusy combination of rhum agricole, passion fruit juice, homemade hibiscus syrup and lime juice. All you have to do is pour the ingredients in a glass and stir with a swizzle stick, making this cocktail not only easy to drink but fun to make, too.

  • Rum Cannonball

    Sharon Pye

    A homemade tea-infused liqueur serves as the secret ingredient in this frozen Daiquiri. Made with butterfly pea flower, green tea, honey and rum, the liqueur lends a sweet floral taste and pretty pastel color to rum, pineapple juice, falernum and fresh lime juice.

  • La Cola Nostra

    Tim Nusog

    From famed cocktail guru Don Lee comes a complex rum sipper that teases out the flavors of fall. A one-two punch of Averna amaro and rum agricole provide the backbone, while citrus, pimento dram and prosecco come together to form an elegant digestif that’s at once bitter, sweet and bubbly.

  • Rum Dum

    Just because you aren’t sitting on white sand in the Bahamas doesn’t mean you can’t drink like you are. This multilayered cocktail has a base of white rum, egg white, lemon juice and sugar, which becomes frothy and full-bodied when shaken together. And an amber rum float adds a layer of intrigue.

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  • Hot Red Rum

    Something warm to sip on by the bonfire? Warm things up with this heated tipple. Its combination of rum, red wine, amaro, lemon juice, bitters and two kinds of syrup is perfect for breezy summer nights. Don’t forget the orange peel and clove garnish for a finishing dash of sweetness and spice.

  • Jungle Bird

    Tim Nusog

    This classic Tiki drink turns 40 this year, so what better time is there to celebrate it. The tangle of dark rum, Campari, simple syrup, and pineapple and lime juices comes together beautifully, and refreshingly, in a cocktail that might just become your new summer staple.

  • Snap, Chat & Rum

    For anyone who thinks rum is relegated to overly sweet blender bombs, we found your drink. Pressed sugar snap peas and fennel bulb are the vibrant, vegetal base for this cocktail, which also uses rum, lime juice and simple syrup to make a drink that’s worthy of social media photos.

  • Caribeño

    Take your palate to the beach with this ultra summery cocktail. Lime juice, rich simple syrup and coconut water are a cool backdrop for Puerto Rican 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.

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  • Torrents of Summer

    Sharon Pye

    Upgrade your Daiquiri to this lightly spiced cocktail from Kingfish in New Orleans. Pair Bacardí Superior Carta Blanca rum with equal parts lime juice, ginger shrub and Luxardo maraschino liqueur, plus two dashes of Angostura bitters. Shake, strain, sip and feel the summer sun warm your face.

  • Boston Rum Punch

    Boston Rum Punch. Tim Nusog

    This simple rum cocktail is a Beantown classic. Perfect for summer, the Boston Rum Punch has but two ingredients, so you can easily tote it to the beach or pool. Simply mix two ounces of Jamaica rum with lemonade to taste, shake with finely cracked ice, and live the easy life.