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20 Classic Rum Cocktails

Of all the different cocktail bases out there, rum cocktails are probably some of my favorites.

They’re ideal for people who like a strong buzz but don’t love the taste of alcohol. 

Pina Colada cocktail with fresh pineapple
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Rum blends well with most ingredients, creating a mixed drink that almost tastes alcohol-free (in most cases). 

There are a few excellent rum drinks for those who like the strong stuff to take center stage.

But for the most part, rum blends into the background, letting the other ingredients take center stage. 

So for this list, I’ve pulled together 20 rum cocktails of all kinds – sweet, rich, alcohol-heavy, alcohol-light, tart, tangy, and everything in between.

I hope you’ll find something you like! 

1. Dark and Stormy

Let’s start with one of the classics – and one of the cocktails that lets you taste your alcohol while you’re drinking it. 

The dark and stormy takes 2 minutes to make and uses only four ingredients.

You’ll mix ginger beer and dark rum to create the rich, spiced alcohol flavor.

Add some ice to cool it down, and a lime slice for extra zest and color, and you’re all set. 

2. Rum Swizzle

This sweet, fruity drink is absolutely delicious.

Its taste will remind you somewhat of a Mai Ta, only for this one, you’ll use significantly more dark rum than you would in a Mai Tai.

That gives it a deeper, richer, slightly smoky flavor that’ll put you in mind of grilled fruit kebabs. It’s easy to make and takes only 5 minutes. 

All you’ll need is dark rum, white rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, and Angostura bitters.

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It has a bright, fun color and is relatively strong, so sip it slowly and with caution.

3. Rum Runner

This refreshing summer drink has a lot going on in its glass: spiced rum, white rum, creme de banana liqueur, blackberry liqueur, orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine! 

That’s a whole bunch of flavor to pack into one small glass, but it’s so good.

It has a distinctly tropical taste, but the spiced rum adds an intricate complexity underneath that.

If you’re looking for something that gives you beach vibes but isn’t overly sweet, the rum runner is the drink for you. 

4. Classic Daiquiri

When it comes to rum cocktails, you can’t overlook one of the most famous – the daiquiri.

There are many variations on how to make it, but I believe in keeping it simple. 

This recipe does just that, allowing you to create this popular drink with only three ingredients: rum, lime juice, and simple syrup. 

It’s slightly sweet, somewhat tart, and perfectly balanced in terms of flavor. 

If you want an extra special summer treat, put the ingredients into a blender instead of a cocktail shaker and add lots of ice.

Blend it until you have a delightful frozen treat with the same great taste.

5. Classic Pina Colada

Speaking of classic rum cocktails… 

You just knew the pina colada was going to make the list, as well!

You’ll need frozen pineapple, ice, aged rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and lime juice.

Blend everything until it’s chunky and slushy, and stick a cherry and a cutesy umbrella on top.

Then you can sit back, relax, and pretend you’re Rupert Holmes. 

6. Caribbean Rum Punch

Caribbean rum punch is the absolute best drink you can make if you want to get buzzed but never taste the alcohol. 

Even though this punch has ¼ cup of dark rum and ¼ cup of rum, you’ll barely taste it beneath the orange juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine. 

Having a cup of this is like having a cup of punch from every childhood birthday party you ever attended, only with a kick. 

7. Painkiller

The painkiller is a darker, richer, and creamier version of the pina colada.

You’ll make it with dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, and a dash of nutmeg.

It has a smoky and spiced tropical taste that’ll not only kill your pain but will also transport you to a whole other place in space and time – somewhere lovely, warm, and with lots of sand.

8. Hot Buttered Rum

This warm winter cocktail takes a little longer to make than most others on the list, but it still shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. 

Still, it tastes so good that even if it took 30, you’d still want to make it. It’s spicy and buttery and unbelievably decadent. 

It’s almost like drinking apple cider mixed with a creamy butterscotch candy. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it also smells phenomenal.

9. Hurricane

The pink and peachy hurricane is a New Orleans favorite, and with this recipe, you can make it in your kitchen in just 10 minutes. 

Thanks to the passion fruit juice, orange juice, and lime, it’s fruity and wonderfully tart.

The grenadine gives it its lovely color, and the mix of dark and white rum is unbeatable.

Add some simple syrup to sweeten it to your tastes, and then top it off with fruit garnishes. It’s the ideal drink for practically any occasion.  

10. Mai Tai

The Mai Tai is another fruity, tangy classic that nearly everyone knows (and most people love).

It combines pineapple juice, light rum, orange curacao, lime juice, orgeat, and dark rum.

It would almost be too tangy to be enjoyable without the rum and orgeat, which give it some charred, nutty undertones that help mellow out the whole drink.

11. Planter’s Punch

This refreshing Jamaican drink is ideal for the hotter months of the year and is reminiscent of the Mai Tai, only a bit sourer. 

Still, if you like your refreshing cocktails to pucker your mouth a bit, Planter’s Punch is the drink for you.

It calls for dark rum, but if you want to sweeten it a little, use spice rum instead.

12. Bushwacker Cocktail

If you asked most people to describe rum cocktails, they’d probably use adjectives like “sweet,” “spiced,” “fruity,” or “light.”

But rum cocktails can also be devilishly decadent, as is the case with the Bushwacker cocktail.

You’ll make it with golden rum, Kahlua, crème de cacao, and cream of coconut.

That alone is enough to give you a sugar high. But then you’ll top it off with whipped cream and chocolate syrup for extra yumminess.

13. Pineapple Basil Rum Cocktails

I don’t know what it is about pineapples and rum that lends itself so nicely to garden herbs, but whatever it is, I love it.

The pineapple basil rum cocktail is light, tropical, and incredibly fresh.

It’s mellow and easy to enjoy and would make an excellent brunch cocktail. 

14. Rum Sour

Although there are six ingredients listed in this recipe, you’ll only need three of them – dark rum, lemon juice, and simple syrup. 

It tastes precisely how the name makes it sound – like a sour rum cocktail. If you like wholly sour and rum-flavored drinks, leave out the simple syrup altogether. 

If you prefer your cocktails to be sweetly tart, increase the amount of simple syrup you use.

Top the whole thing off with lemon slices, maraschino cherries, and mint for aesthetics.

15. Classic Fresh Rum Mojitos

I love mojitos so much. They’re probably my favorite cocktail – definitely in the top three, at least. They have such a crisp, fresh taste and are so easy to make. 

All you’ll need is lime juice, sugar, mint leaves, white rum, club soda, and ice.

They’ll take 5 minutes to whip up, and they’ll be a hit with everyone sitting around the table. 

16. The Bee’s Kiss

Bees spend all day feeding on flowers and making honey, so it’s only natural to assume that kissing a bee would leave you with a lot of sweetness on your lips. 

This creamy, indulgent drink will, too. 

You’ll make it with heavy cream, aged rum, ice, and honey simple syrup.

The honey flavor pairs perfectly with the rum, and the heavy cream adds thickness and depth to the texture and flavor.

It’s not quite a dessert drink, but I wouldn’t look at you funny if you decided to make it one. 

17. Creamy Root Beer Rum Cocktail

This simple, three-ingredient cocktail looks like overly creamed coffee and tastes like heaven in a glass.

You’ll make it with root beer, spiced rum, and coffee creamer, and it’s fantastic.

It’s thick and creamy and combines the dark sweetness of root beer with the vibrant spiciness of Captain Morgan (or whatever spiced rum you prefer). 

It takes 3 minutes to make and will have you coming back for another glass and maybe another one after that.

18. Rum Negroni

This recipe is exactly what you think it is – a classic Negroni with rum instead of gin.

I think we all ran out and ordered a Negroni Sbagliato after that viral video. But can we all agree that it’s not to everyone’s taste?

But this version is softer, sweeter, and much smoother (in my opinion).

19. Winter Spiced Apple Cocktail With Rum

When fall and winter roll around, I prefer warm cocktails with rich, spiced flavors that smell as good as they taste.

The winter spiced apple cocktail with rum fits those parameters perfectly. 

You’ll start with a liter of apple juice in a saucepan. To that, you’ll add your cinnamon stick, lemon peel, and cloves.

When your kitchen starts to smell like the holidays, add the rum. 

20. Between the Sheets

If you’re looking for a drink that’s both sweet and tart and ideal for sipping, look no further than this drink.

It takes the traditional sidecar recipe and – yep! – adds rum.

You can make it in just 5 minutes with only three ingredients – rum, Cognac, Triple Sec, and lemon juice.

It’s wonderfully zesty and refreshing and light enough to enjoy even on the hottest days.

20 Classic Rum Cocktails

Course: DrinksCuisine: Mexican, Tropical


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Taste the sun-kissed tropics in a glass with this Piña Colada’s irresistible blend of coconut and pineapple.


  • 2 ounces pineapple juice

  • 2 ounces white rum

  • 1 1/2 ounces cream of coconut

  • 1 cup ice cubes or crushed ice

  • Pineapple wedge for garnish


  • Pour the pineapple juice, white rum, and cream of coconut into a blender.
  • Add the ice and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the drink into a chilled glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

3 thoughts on “20 Classic Rum Cocktails”

  1. THANKS, KIM, for your hard work in compiling your encyclopedia of rum drinks. I love rum! always have. Now I have an agenda to follow for the next year.
    Bless you!


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