If you like Piña Coladas or any other rum-based cocktail, this is the roundup for you. You might associate the versatile spirit with tropical locales and Tiki drinks (and we have plenty of those in here), but it’s also fabulous when showcased in more spirit-forward sips, as well. From fruity favorites like the Hurricane and Banana Daiquiri to elegant drinks like a Rum Old Fashioned and even a rum-based Manhattan twist from star bartender Meaghan Dorman of Dear Irving, you’re sure to find a favorite among these 11 cocktails.
This twist on the classic is an ode to the topics. The combination of aged rum, crème de banane liqueur and fresh lime juice come together to create a drink that has classic shaken Daiquiri taste with a just-right hint of banana flavor.
The Mojito has roots that trace all the way back to 16th-century Cuba, and one sip is enough to prove why it has stayed around for so long. The mix of white rum, lime, fresh mint, simple syrup and club soda is so delicious that you won’t mind the little extra work it takes to get all the ingredients muddled just right.
Rum Old Fashioned
An Old Fashioned with rum? Don’t knock it ’til you try it. You just might find that the blend of dark rum, demerara syrup, allspice dram, orange bitters and Angostura bitters sometimes suits your mood even better than a tried-and-true Bourbon Old Fashioned. In any case, it’ll be the perfect way to switch up your spirit-forward cocktail repertoire.
One Last Midnight
Let rum’s true beauty shine in this spirit-forward take on a rum Manhattan from bartender Meaghan Dorman of New York City’s Dear Irving. Two kinds of vermouth—lush Cocchi Torino and bitter Punt y Mes—bring a dynamic richness, while a spritz of Islay scotch adds smoke, and a pinch of coffee salt brings a unique yet subtle savoriness. Enhance the drink’s elegance by serving it over one large ice cube.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
Hailing from Trinidad, Cuba, the Canchánchara is a hidden historical secret that you need to try. The mix of white rum, lime, honey and soda water is meant to be served in traditional clay mugs, but a regular glass mug will do if you can’t make the trip to purchase one from the potter in Cuba.
Perhaps the best-known Tiki drink, this classic is said to have been created by Trader Vic himself. It’s the perfect cocktail for showing off your bartending skills as well as your signature blend of rums, plus curaçao, lime juice and orgeat. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig for a proper flourish.
Dark ’n Stormy
This two-ingredient cocktail couldn’t be simpler to make or more delightful to drink. Just add ice and dark rum (Gosling’s Black Seal, to make it properly) to a highball glass and top with ginger beer, then garnish with a lime wedge.
This is the granddaddy of rum cocktails and the pride of Havana. Though it might have a mixed (er, blended?) reputation, this recipe is how the Daiquiri is supposed to be enjoyed. Light rum, fresh lime juice and demerara sugar syrup are all you need to make the bright-flavored drink in the classic way.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
This creamy classic—a blend of light rum, cream of coconut and pineapple and lime juices—dates back more than half a century to its invention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Our version eschews the blender in favor of a good shake with pebble ice.
If you love a standard Mojito, with its blend of rum, lime juice, mint and soda water, you’ll adore this fruity twist on the Cuban cooler that adds watermelon to the mix. It couldn’t be more refreshing for the hottest of summer days.
Invented in New Orleans in the 1940s, this boozy mix of light and dark rums, lime and orange juices, passion fruit puree, simple syrup and grenadine, shaken and served in its signature eponymous glass, is like a trip to the French Quarter without the plane ticket.