Rum mixed drink recipes

From classic summer cocktails to Christmas punches, these rum drink recipes are sure to please everyone.

Rum is produced in the Caribbean countries of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados, Venezuela, Trinidad, the French West Indies, and the British and US Virgin Islands. It is distilled from the fermented juice of the sugar cane plant, and molasses, a byproduct of sugar processing. The distillation process produces a clear liquid from which four types of rums are produced: Light or white, gold or amber, dark, and spiced.

Generally, the darker the rum, the longer it has been aged. Light rum, which is clear, is aged for one year. Gold and dark rums are aged for longer periods of time, typically three to five years or more. Gold and dark rums are aged in oak barrels, which give them their darker color. Spiced rums may be light, gold, or dark rums and are infused with a mixture of spices and herbs.

Light rum is most often used in mixed drinks and pairs well with coconut, pineapple juice, lime, mango, and other tropical juices. Dark rums are usually drunk straight up without mixers.

Mary Pickford Cocktail

Although most classic cocktails use other liquors, the Mary Pickford is made with rum.

2 ounces of light rum

1 ounce of pineapple juice

1/2 ounce of maraschino liqueur

1/2 teaspoon of grenadine syrup

Fill half of a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Pour rum, pineapple juice, maraschino liqueur, and grenadine into the shaker and mix well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish the drink with a maraschino cherry.


The daiquiri is a cocktail that is perfect for the hot summer months.

2 ounces of light rum

Juice of 1 lime

1 teaspoon of superfine sugar

Fill half of a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Pour rum and sugar into the shaker, then the juice of the lime. Mix well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.


On the island of Puerto Rico, an eggnog and rum punch called coquito is a favorite drink at Christmas time.

3 egg yolks

3 cups of coconut milk

1 cup of condensed milk

1 can of Coco Lopez

1 liter of light rum

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Add egg yolks to a large bowl. Slowly add the coconut milk and whisk together until smooth. Add the next two ingredients and mix well. Add the rum and vanilla extract and stir until well blended. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours. Pour into a punch bowl just before serving. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

Hot Buttered Rum

In colder climates, hot buttered rum is a classic winter drink, especially after a day on the slopes.

2 ounces dark rum

1 teaspoon of sugar

1 teaspoon of butter

4 cloves

Boiling water

Add rum, sugar, butter, and cloves to a large mug. Fill with boiling water and stir until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.


The Mojito is a classic rum drink popular in Cuban nightclubs.

2 ounces of light rum

Juice of 1/2 a lime

1 teaspoon of superfine sugar

Crushed ice

Mint leaves

Pour rum into a medium sized glass. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lime into the glass. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add crushed ice and garnish with mint leaves.

Cuba Libre

Similar to a rum and coke, the Cuba Libre is jazzed up with lime juice.

2 ounces light or dark rum

Juice of 1/2 a lime


Ice cubes

Add a few ice cubes to a tall glass. Pour 2 ounces of white or dark rum over the ice cubes. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lime into the glass. Fill with cola. Garnish with a slice of lime.

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