What mixers can I use with rum

“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum,” sang the pirates in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Well, you don’t have to be a cutlass wielding pirate to enjoy rum anymore, and certainly not in the way they used to – swigging straight from the bottle before fisticuffs.

No disrespect to swigging, but, one of the best ways to enjoys rum is with a mixer, most famously Coca Cola. We all know the refreshing Cuba Libra –rum, cola and fresh lime – but what other mixers can you use with rum? The truth is anything can be a great mixer, as long as it complements the flavour of the rum and adds another dimension, without overpowering the taste of the rum itself.

Hailing back to times when rum tasted less than pleasing, fruit juice is the oldest, and still one of the most popular, mixers to use with rum. The mostdelicious of these juices is pineapple, creating a tropical taste extravaganza of sweetness, fruitiness and rum-ness. Not sold? Only three of the world’s most famous rum cocktails are made with pineapple juice – the Pina Colada, Painkiller and Jungle Bird. Even rum on its own with pineapple juice is a total gamechanger.

Delivering that fruity fix, but without all that added sugar, coconut water (bottled is fine) is an equally delicious, and doubly refreshing, mixer to be used with rum. Hair of the dog? A hot summer’s day? Coconut water is your man, packed with potassium and hydrating at a faster rate than water. The result is a smooth, light, refreshing coconut-flavoured beverage– does this count as a health drink?

Contrary to popular belief, rum isn’t just for lazy beach libations and tiki cocktails, and rum can even be mixed with hot chocolate for a delicious winter warmer. Using a rich, dark hot chocolate as a mixer, you can createa warming, boozy and super simple wintery serve – add flavoured syrups or orange and you’ve got yourself a cocktail.

While pineapple juice, coconut water and hot chocolate are all fantastic mixers to use with rum, it’s true that some of the best mixers are actually found in your local corner shop or pub fridge. You can’t go wrong with mixers like a fiery ginger beer, sweet ginger ale and refreshing soda water, not to mention the classic, caramelly and herbaceous Coca Cola.

So, whatever the weather or wherever you find yourself, you’ll never wonder what to mix with rum again. You’re welcome.