Rum Drinks – Rum is one of my favorite liquors to incorporate in cocktails. It pairs well with my favorite tropical flavors making for some incredibly refreshing drinks. These 10 fantastic rum drinks will transport you to a tropical paradise – if not in body, then at least in spirit. 😆
So many classic cocktails are all about rum! The daiquiri, mojito, sangria, you get the picture. Since it’s made from sugar cane, rum has just the right amount of sweetness to mix well with numerous flavors, from the fruity to the creamy and anything in between.
When you master pina coladas, rum punch, and sangria, you’ll have something fun and refreshing up your sleeve for your next summer dinner shindig. Your guests will be so impressed with your refreshing drinks you may even convince your significant other to set up that tiki bar you’ve wanted on your back patio. 😜
Rum is versatile. It mixes well with fruit juices, coconut water, ginger ale, and even tonic water. My favorite mixers usually involve fresh fruit and tropical flavors, but you can mix rum with whatever floats your boat.
The internet agrees on this one (mostly); the most popular rum drink is the daiquiri. The daiquiri has been around for ages, dating back to the 1800s, and it continues to be a favorite of anyone who enjoys a good rum cocktail.
Plenty of sodas pair well with rum. Club soda, Coca-Cola, and ginger ale are all classic options, but once again, your taste may vary, and getting creative can result in some surprising new favorites.
The Rum Drink Recipe Roundup
1. Rum Punch
Rum punch is sweet and vibrant. It’s as colorful as it is flavorful. There are tons of different ways to make rum punch, but my version includes pineapple, orange, and lime juice mixed with spiced and white rum, among a few other bits and bobs. Serve it at your next summer picnic along with some coconut shrimp to maximize the beach vibes. 🏝
2. Jungle Juice
If you need to whip up a drink for a large party, then jungle juice is the ticket. It’s cheap to make and tastes amazing. Rum, vodka, triple sec, and fruit juice are the key players here, and they do not disappoint. It also pairs well with appetizers, another reason to serve it at your next gathering. Serve it alongside some pulled pork eggrolls or a platter of ham and cheese sliders and watch all of the above disappear. 😋
3. Pina Colada
You don’t need a beach house to enjoy a pina colada! Fresh pineapples, cream of coconut, and rum will take you to the tropics from the comfort of your own home. So try this drink for your next date night, along with some shrimp kabobs for a classic combo or a cucumber salmon cream cheese appetizer, which is just as refreshing as the drink.
4. White Sangria
Smooth and fruity, this drink is guaranteed to become a family favorite at your next barbeque. Pair it with some salty appetizers like tostones or fried shrimp to balance out the drink’s sweetness. Oh, and don’t forget to get creative with this one! You mix and match the fruits, berries, and wine in this recipe to create a taste all of your own.
5. Mai Tai
Here’s a tiki-themed cocktail that I absolutely adore because it’s fun, tropical, and boozy! It’s great for a celebration, but I’ve also been known to spice up a casual dinner with this drink. Try it with sweet sticky spicy chicken to break up the routine and make a weeknight dinner extra special. 🍹
Coquito, AKA Puerto Rican Eggnog, is a thick and creamy drink traditionally served around the holidays. Coconut milk, condensed milk, rum, and a variety of warm spices make this drink so rich and cozy. Serve it up with a traditional Puerto Rican dish like mofongo or pernil if you want to feel extra authentic.
7. Strawberry Daiquiri
My frozen strawberry daiquiri is one of my family’s favorite cocktails. We love to indulge in this drink when we’re poolside, grilling out, or on vacation. It’s so bright and tropical and goes great with desserts like coconut cream pie or a chocolate molten lava cake.
8. Hurricane Drink
This drink is super popular in New Orleans and features an ingredient I adore, passion fruit. Whenever I wish for an early summer, this is my go-to cocktail. I love to pair it with a piping hot plate of fish and chips for the perfect salty/sweet combination. 🤩
9. Mimosa Drink
Champagne, orange juice, pineapple puree, and of course, rum, make this one of my favorite celebratory drinks. I make it extra tropical with the added pineapple, so I definitely recommend pairing it with equally tropical foods. Grilled Caribbean coconut shrimp is an ideal option. 😉
10. Tropical Sangria
Tropical sangria has all 👏 the 👏 fruits! 👏 Pineapple, papaya, guava, oh my! If you haven’t tried it, let me tell you, you need this tropical fusion in your life. It’s easy to make, bright and summery, and a real crowd-pleaser. Serve it with Jamaican meat pies and air-fryer plantains for an island treat you’ll swoon over.
Without a doubt, these tropical beauties are real gems in the cocktail world. You are officially ready to whip up any number of rum drinks that will have you and your guests headed straight to rum bar bliss. Of them all, my favorite, hands down, is the coquito. Which one is your fave?