Top 7 Spiced Rum Cocktails
Every liquor has a story. Perhaps rum has the most colorful history of all. A remarkable history commemorated on August 16 which has come to be known as Rum Day. Get ready to celebrate at home with easy summer alcoholic drinks infused with rum.
The quality and taste of your rum cocktails depend on the quality of rum you’ll be using. Make delicious alcoholic drinks recipes only with the best rum available.
Go beyond rum and cola with these rum cocktail recipes that will turn you into the best mixologist of alcoholic drinks for summer in no time at all.
1. Rum Mule
What better way to charge up your mule than with Mount Gay Rum from the oldest rum distillery in the world found in Barbados.
What you need: Mount Gay Black Barrel, 1 oz. freshly squeezed juice from lime, about half-inch thick muddled ginger enough to cover the bottom of a cocktail shaker and 1 to to oz. ginger ale.
To prepare: Add muddled ginger to the cocktail shaker, add 2 oz. of Mount Gay Black Barrel, 1 oz. of lime juice. Add crushed ice and shake. Pour into a highball glass filled with fresh ice rocks. Add 1 to 2 oz. of ginger ale as preferred. Garnish with fresh wedges of lime and a mint sprig.
2. Jamaican Rum Punch
When you’re looking for alcoholic summer drinks homemade to perfection, an authentic Jamaican rum punch will do the job of impressing your guests.
Jamaican rum brands include Appleton Rum Jamaica, Captain Morgan Jamaica Rum, Myers, and Rum-Bar White Overproof Rum.
What you need: 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 part sugar syrup or grenadine, 1 part rum, and 1 part combination of pineapple juice and orange juice
To prepare: Mix all measured ingredients in a glass, pitcher or bowl, depending on how much punch you’re making. Add ice rocks to keep it chilled. Add nutmeg for added spice.
3. Caribbean Rum Punch
Any rum manufactured in the Carribean, such as the Goslings Rum from Bermuda or Captain Morgan will be well-suited for making this punch.
What you need: 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice, 2 parts rum of your choice, 1 part rum cream (try Caribbean are Ponche Kuba, Wray & Nephew, O’Riley’s and Sangster’s) , 2 parts of pineapple and orange juices (individually or mixed), 1 part grenadine syrup, Angostura bitters (to taste), freshly cracked nutmeg to top
To prepare: Mix all ingredients. Add crushed ice. Shake. Empty the contents into a glass filled with ice cubes. Top with nutmeg.
Moving on to more classic rum cocktails recipes, this is a drink that is widely accepted to have been crafted first in the little town of Daiquiri, Cuba.
What you need: 1 and 1/2 oz. light rum, 3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/4 oz. sugar or sugar syrup
To prepare: Mix all ingredients together in a shaker filled with crushed ice. Empty contents into a glass filled with ice.
Another well-loved rum-based cocktail that traces its roots in Cuba —this time in Havana — is mojito. Like the daiquiri, Mojito has branched out into different varieties. Here’s a basic recipe.
What you need: 1 and 1/2 oz. light rum (or, just go ahead and turn this into a spiced rum cocktail), 3/4 oz. simple syrup, 4 lime wedges, 1 and 1/2 oz. club soda, slapped mint leaves
To prepare: place lime wedges, mint leaves and simple syrup. Muddle the ingredients. Add rock ice, followed by rum then club soda. Top with fresh lime wedge and mint leaves.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this summer drink’s alcoholic vibe is just as hot and rhythmic as its birthplace.
What you need: 2 oz. rum (claimed to be the best rums for this cocktail are Bacardi Silver and Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum), 2 oz. coconut cream, and 6 oz. fresh pineapple juice
To prepare: Blend all ingredients with crushed ice. Empty the contents to a glass. Garnish with sliced pineapples.
7. Guava and Lime Rum Cocktail
Another reminder of the distinct tastes of the islands; this will change even a hardliner’s stand about how spiced rum cocktails should be enjoyed.
What you need: 3 lime slices, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1.5 oz. dark rum (try Plantation Original Dark Rum, Gosling’s Black Seal or, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva), 4 oz. freshly squeezed and strained guava juice or chilled guava nectar
To prepare: Add lime slices and sugar to a shaker. Muddle well. Add rum, guava, and crushed ice. Shake well. Empty to a glass with cubed ice. Garnish with fresh lime slices.