9 Classic Rum Cocktails Everyone Should Know How to Make

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When it comes to spirits, everybody loves rum. It’s deliciously sweet, lightly spiced, and generally pretty affordable. In fact, rum’s sweet and spicy balance makes it a perfect base for crafting cocktails. An array of fruits, juices, and liqueurs play beautifully off rum’s versatile profile. Many of our favorite cocktails begin with our beloved distilled sugarcane. Start with these nine classic rum-based cocktails  that everyone should know how to make.

Daiquiri

A Daiquiri does not have to be the sugar-ridden frozen slushy that you drank too many of during spring break. A real daiquiri is actually one of the the most simple cocktails out there. It’s 2 ounces of white rum, ¾ ounce simple syrup, and ¾ ounce lime. Shake and strain. It’s really that easy!

Tropical Escape

Rum, grapefruit juice, bitters, and edible flowers make this a gorgeous rum cocktail. Give this one a whirl at your next spring gathering. The cocktail itself is stunning, and your guests are sure to love it.

Piña Colada

Put the blender aside. A real Piña Colada most definitely doesn’t come out of a machine. Combine equal parts rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, then serve over crushed ice. Fun fact: The Piña Colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978.

Raspberry Rum Mule

Raspberry Moscow Mule

Replacing vodka with rum and adding a fresh raspberry twist to your classic Moscow Mule recipe is fun, fruit-forward, and definitely a hit among friends. Who ever said no to a drink served in a copper cup?

Dark ‘N’ Stormy

It doesn’t get much easier than this. 2 ounces dark rum and ginger beer as needed and you’re done! Trademarked by Gosling Brothers, this cocktail is perfect for summer sipping.

Spiked Blackberry Lemonade

Boozy Blackberry Lemonade

Seriously, who doesn’t love a good spiked lemonade? The sweetness of the blackberry and tanginess of the citrus balance each other out beautifully, all atop two shots of rum.

El Floridita

Ever wondered what it’d be like to drink like Ernest Hemingway at Floridita bar in Havana? Well, here’s your answer. We recommend consuming slightly less than our favorite American author, though.

Spicy Ancho Chile Daiquiri

The Ancho Daiquri

Like a little heat in your glass? Upgrade your Daiquiri with this insanely fresh liqueur made from early-harvest poblano chilies.

 Thyme-Infused Pumpkin Treat

Rum-based cocktails definitely aren’t just for summer sipping. Shake up this delicious pumpkin and thyme-infused cocktail for a seriously spicy fall treat. #PumpkinSpiceCocktail, anyone?

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