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Classic Rum Cocktails To Put Yourself On Island Time

Of all the liquors, rum is arguably the most cocktail-friendly.

If gin is the serious booze of serious people drinking serious cocktails like martinis, then rum is its unpretentious, laid-back kid brother, just out for a really good time. Life's a beach! So stick an umbrella in it, and let's have some fun!

Five Favorite Rum Cocktails

Pour yourself one of these rum-based cocktails and put yourself on island time.

Mai Tai

Mai Tai | Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen

Impossibly Fun, High-Octane Rum Drinks

These are the required cocktails of Polynesian, tiki, or island parties.

Sunset Rum Punch

Sunset Rum Punch | Photo by Matt

Wintry Weather Rum Recipes

For when it's too cold for a beach party.

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum | Photo by The Gruntled Gourmand

Check out our Rum Recipe Collection.

Booze Foods

Don't drink alone--add some food to the fun. We've picked several top-rated recipes to go with your favorite rum cocktails.

Classic Cuban Midnight Sandwich

Classic Cuban Midnight Sandwich | Photo by DIZ

Cooking with Rum

Here are a few island recipes with rum as the secret ingredient.

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster | Photo by Meredith

Rum and Cake

Rum cakes let you have your rum and eat it too. Here's a sampling of our favorites.

Rum Cake

Rum Cake | Photo by Meredith

Don't Forget the Ice! It's usually overlooked. But the best tasting cocktails use fresh ice made from pure, filtered water. "Fresh" means the cubes haven't been sitting around for weeks in the freezer soaking up the stale, flavor essences of long-lingering foods. Bring the water to a quick boil for best results. Make it the morning of the day you plan to mix your cocktails, and you’ll enjoy the freshest, most delicious cocktails.

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