Emulate Vacation Vibes with These Rum Cocktails

Even if you can’t go on holiday, there is no reason to dial the festivities down. Everyone loves a good cocktail - you may have your favourites, but today we’re putting the spotlight on well-loved concoctions featuring rum! No matter where you’re at with your rum repertoire, our guide will equip you with tips and tricks. 

Rum Cocktails

A little bit about rum  

One of the more diverse and varied spirits, you can use rum in a myriad of ways. Rum is a great starter spirit to bake with - from rum raisin banana bread to belgian waffles with caramelised rum syrup. Besides booze-soaked desserts, you can also cook with it. Dark rum will add flavour to dishes, but when cooked, the alcohol will burn off. Light rum will still give you the taste of alcohol, a much more flavourful choice for dishes, in small uses. 

Although perfect for cocktails, rum can also be enjoyed straight. Here’s the lowdown on our favourites. 

1. Piña Colada

Piña Colada

Nothing screams vacation mode like a tropical Piña Colada, plus it’s incredibly easy to make! 

A deliciously creamy blend of Malibu rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream, this refreshing and sweet cocktail is a crowd-pleaser. You’ll need:

  • 50ml of Malibu rum
  • 75ml pineapple juice
  • 25ml coconut cream

Pour everything into a shaker with ice, shake well, pour and enjoy! It’s that easy. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or maraschino cherries. 

2. Cuba Libre  

Cuba Libre

Coke, rum, and lime. Three ingredients for one of the most popular drinks of all time - also a Cuban favourite.

We recommend the Bacardi Superior for its light and crisp flavour. It’ll complement the rich profile of the Coke. You’ll need:

  • 1 ounce rum
  • 3 ounces Coke
  • Several lime wedges

Pour the rum and coke in a glass with ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Perfect cocktail for dinner parties!

3. Daiquiri


Created around the same time as the Cuba Libre, the Daiquiri comes in all shapes and forms. A three-ingredient classic, the Daiquiri blends the sweetness of the rum with sugar and fresh lime. The best rum to use for this recipe include the Bacardi Superior, Ron Diplomatico Blanco, and Rhum Barbancourt. 

You’ll need: 

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce demerara sugar syrup
  • Lime twist for garnish

Shake the rum, lime juice, and demerara sugar syrup with ice until well-chilled. After straining it into a chilled coupe, garnish it with a lime twist and enjoy! 

4. Eggnog 


A headliner for holiday parties, the eggnog recipe is one that’s versatile and packs a punch. You’ll need: 

  • 12 eggs, separated
  • 3 cups of white sugar, divided
  • 16 ounces dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

To prepare, mix egg yolks, sugar, rum, and nutmeg to ‘cure’ overnight in your refrigerator. The next day, you can beat the egg whites and remaining sugar with an electric mixer until peaks form. Fold in the egg yolk mixture and in heavy cream. Pour into lidded jars, refrigerate and shake before serving. The Sailor Jerry Rum is perfect for this.  

5. Mai Tai 

Mai Tai

Everyone’s heard of this one! The inclusion of lime juice and orange liqueur is testament to its summery vibes. You’ll need: 

  • 45ml white rum
  • 25ml Cointreau liqueur
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml almond syrup
  • 50ml orange juice
  • 15ml dark rum
  • Pineapple slices

 Shake a combination of white rum, Cointreau, lime juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice until well-chilled. Strain into a glass with crushed ice and top off with dark rum. We like Captain Morgan Dark Rum for this. Garnish with a pineapple slice. 

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