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17 Refreshing White Rum Cocktails for Summer

The next time you need a mental vacation, try one of these white rum cocktails.

After just one sip, you’ll feel the ocean breeze on your face and the warm sand between your toes.

Homemade Mai Tai Cocktail with Cherry, Pineapple and Rum
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This list is loaded with Bacardi mixed drinks and fun frozen concoctions I know you’ll love.

Because white rum is the perfect mixer! It’s clear, crispy, and had a delightfully crisp taste.

I think it’s best with sweet and fruity extras. So if you like tropical tiki drinks, try these white rum cocktails.

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1. Banana Rum Old-Fashioned

This tropical twist on the classic Old Fashioned is absolutely delicious. 

I daresay it may become your new favorite – especially if you want to look sophisticated but prefer drinks that’re a bit more flavorful.

The classic drink is made with bourbon whiskey, water, bitters, and a bit of sugar.

But this drink features bourbon, white rum, crème de banane, and bitters. 

And the crème de banane is the star of this show. It adds a fruity banana flavor and plenty of sweetness.

It tastes like bananas foster in a glass!

Go for Tempus Fugit Spirits if you can find it. It’s my all-time fave and has the best, most-natural banana flavor.

2. Blueberry Mojitos 

This is the first of many mojitos on this list, and it’s one of my favorites.

Refreshing, delicious, and absolutely bursting with bright blueberry flavor, it’s everything you want in a summer cocktail and more.

It’s got all the classic mojito components, including fizzy soda water, sweet rum, tart lime, and sugar simple syrup.

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But you’ll take it above and beyond with the addition of fresh blueberries.

Plus, the simple syrup in this recipe isn’t so simple. It’s made with mint, so this drink is extra flavorful!  

3. Coconut Mojitos

There are so many wonderful tropical fruits in this world. Passion fruit, mango, pineapple, guava, and more.

But I think coconut might be the royal standard of tropical fruits. After all, it’s the first fruit that comes to mind when I want something with vacation vibes.

Maybe it’s the image of coconut bikinis and frosty drinks in hollowed-out coconuts. Or maybe it’s the palm trees swaying in the wind.

Either way, this coconut mojito is a must-make.

It’s made with coconut rum, lime simple syrup, and cream of coconut, plus the usual suspects (lime juice, mint, and club soda).

Garnish with a little shredded coconut, and you’re good to go! 

4. Coquito

If you love eggnog, you’ll love the coquito.

This Puerto Rican drink tastes like tropical eggnog, so it’s just what you need to celebrate the holidays in a warm climate.

It has the same cozy feeling as boozy ‘nog but also invokes warm, tropical vibes to break you out of the winter rut. 

Of course, you can have it whenever the craving for something deliciously creamy hits. 

Featuring evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, and cream of coconut, it’s about as luxurious as it gets.

Meanwhile, a combo of white rum and spiced rum round out the boozy elements.

Add some cinnamon and nutmeg if you want it spiced. Or keep it simple with a bit of vanilla. Yum!

5. Mai Tai

If fruity drinks call your name like sirens call sailors, the Mai Tai is your drink.

And like sirens, Mai Tais are kinda dangerous. They’re incredibly strong, but they don’t taste very strong. 

Instead, they taste like citrusy heaven. 

This recipe is made with white rum, dark rum, lime juice, and orange curaçao, plus sugary orgeat syrup, which adds a light almond flavor.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry and si slowly. This’ll creep up on you!

6. Blackberry Basil Mojitos

This berry-delicious twist on the OG mojito is just as delicious with its blend of lime juice, white rum, and soda water. 

But instead of mint, it’s made with basil! And instead of sugar, it features a blackberry basil simple syrup.

It’s fresh, herbaceous, and perfectly sweet.  

7. Pineapple Mint Mojitos

Warning: these pineapple and mint mojitos are the bomb! Each sip explodes with flavor and freshness. 

Between the fresh pineapple, pineapple juice, Triple Sec, white rum, and club soda, they’re insanely sweet and fruity.

Of course, there’s a little lime and lots of mint, too. 

Want to make it extra special? Rim your glass with a bit of Tajin. It’s a chili-lime seasoning that adds a bit of savoriness to balance out the sweetness.  

8. Blackberry Sangria

Can you describe a drink as sensual? Because that’s the only word I can think of with this recipe.

It’s dark, sweet, and oh-so-luxurious. But it’s also surprisingly light and refreshing.

Made with red wine, white rum, blackberry brandy, and lemon-lime soda, it’s a fun and deeply flavorful twist on the usual fruit-filled sangria. 

Add some lemon, lime, and blackberries and plenty of ice. Yum!

9. Mint Mojitos

The mint mojito is iconic. It’s the original, and it’s delectable. 

Sure, there are some pretty refreshing drinks on this list. But the OG Cuban mojito takes the cake.

It’s fizzy, cooling, and has just the right amount of tartness. Every sip will wake up your taste buds and delight your senses. 

Like the classic, this one features lime juice, rum, soda water, and lots of mint. But instead of plain sugar, you’ll use simple syrup.

Easy peasy.

10. Hurricane

The Hurricane was Pat O’Brien’s signature drink during World War II when whiskey was hard to come by. And it’s been a staple of New Orleans ever since.

You’ll know it when you see it, thanks to the unique glass.

And the taste? It’s a seriously fruity whirlwind of flavors. And though this recipe is much simpler than the original version, it’s still incredibly flavorful! 

The first-ever Hurricane drink featured rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice. So, that’s exactly what’s in this one. And I know you’ll love it! 

11. Piña Colada

Do you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain? I sure do. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a classic piña colada recipe on hand. 

And this one is super easy.

You only need white rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. Blend it together with a bit of ice, and sip your way to paradise. 

12. Pineapple Mojito

Does a pineapple mojito sound delicious, but the Tajin might be a little too adventurous?

Then, give this one a try!

It’s sweet and classic, with a splash of delicious pineapple. Delish!

13. Rum and Lemonade

Keep it simple this summer with this deliciously refreshing drink.

It’s the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. And it’s ideal for backyard parties, vacations at the cottage, or days at the lake. 

Why is it so ideal, you ask? Because not only does it taste fabulous, but it’s effortless to make. 

You only need two ingredients- rum and lemonade.

You can make the lemonade yourself or buy your favorite premade brand. It’s fantastic either way.

14. Strawberry Daiquiri

Mojitos might be having a moment, but I think I prefer daiquiris.

They’re like boozy smoothies! What’s not to love?

This strawberry daiquiri is wonderfully sweet, though not toothache-inducing. Most importantly, the strawberry flavor is inescapable!

It’s like sipping on a strawberry. 

Of course, there are a few other non-strawberry ingredients. But these only enhance the strawberry-ness of it all. 

This one features an entire pound of frozen strawberries, lime juice, salt, and simple syrup.

And it wouldn’t be a daiquiri without rum. So, there’s plenty of white rum, too. 

Blend it all together and let strawberry goodness wash over your tongue. 

15. Strawberry Coconut Rum Cooler

This sweet strawberry and coconut rum cooler is super dreamy.

It’s a pretty shade of baby pink, decidedly fragrant, and it explodes with fruity flavors.

Oh, and it’s incredibly refreshing, to boot. 

You’ll start by muddling ripe strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Then you add coconut water, cream of coconut, coconut rum, white rum, and lime juice.

Add some ice, then give everything a good shake.

16. Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri

This is like an adults-only slushie, and I’m so here for it.

There’s frozen watermelon, white rum, lime juice, and orange juice. Then you’ll add a little simple syrup for sweetness. 

The best part is that it’s ready in about five minutes. And you don’t need any fancy cocktail-making equipment.

17. Aperol Cocktail

You may have heard of the Aperol spritz, a hugely popular aperitivo from Italy.

This Aperol Cocktail is NOT that. But it highlights the bitter liqueur just as wonderfully. 

Perhaps even better… but I’ll leave that to you to decide. 

Aperol is a gently bitter, delicately sweet, and herbaceous citrus liqueur that tastes like citrus, vanilla, and spice. And it pairs beautifully with rum. 

This drink features Aperol, white rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. So, it’s a much sweeter drink than its fizzy cousin. 

However, if you crave the spritz, you could always add some soda water. 

17 Refreshing White Rum Cocktails for Summer

If you’re stuck at home dreaming of sunny beaches, clear waters, and drinks with little umbrellas, then you need to try these tasty white rum cocktails.


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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