Classic Rum Cocktails

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

The Real Mojito

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Impossibly Fun, High-Octane Rum Drinks
These are the required cocktails of Polynesian, tiki, or island parties. But watch out! They’re so easy to drink, they can sneak up on you in a hurry and pummel you with the force of 10,000 teeny-tiny umbrellas.

Bahama Mama

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Wintry Weather Rum Recipes
For when it’s too cold for a beach party.

Colonial Hot Buttered Rum

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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 Sandwich (Medianoche)

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

Bananas Foster II

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

Golden Rum Cake

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Cocktails Quick Links

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.

Our Top 5 Jimmy Buffet Rum-Drinkin’ Songs

  • “Ho-ho-ho and a Bottle of Rum”
  • “Son of a Son of a Sailor”
  • “Changes in Latitudes”
  • “Banana Republics”
  • “Volcano”