What cocktails can I make with rum

Rum is just one of those spirits that was made for cocktails – as perfect as peanut butter and jelly, salt and vinegar – you get the picture. With its naturally sweet base and abundance of flavours, rum serves as the backbone for many of the most famous and classic cocktails in the world. So, what cocktails can I make with rum?

Rum is probably most famous for its fruity, juicy, fun cocktails, and there are a handful of these that are iconic. The Piña Colada is one of these, a delicious, creamy coconutty drink made with rich coconut cream or milk, tangy pineapple juice and rum, blended or shaken with ice and served with a glistening Maraschino cherry.  

But the Piña Colada is just the tip of the (blended) iceberg, and other iconic cocktails you can make with rum include the Zombie (rum, pineapple juice, lime and a splash of grenadine) and Mai Thai – a tropical tiki taste extravaganza of rum, orange liqueur, orgeat syrup and lime juice. Don’t have such a sweet tooth or a bucket of cherries on hand? Well three of the most famous rum cocktails are super simple to make. The Cubra Libre is a mix of just rum, coke and fresh lime, while the brooding Dark and Stormy uses zingy ginger beer, fresh lime.

For a truly sensational Dark ‘N’ Stormy, have a crack at our very own Cardiff Distillery recipe: Simply stir lime juice in with Welsh Barti rum, fill the class with ice, top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

The Mojito, perhaps the most iconic rum cocktail of all time, is also surprisingly simple to make. Simply take rum, muddle in some fresh mint leaves and sugar, fill your glass with ice and top with soda water. Until 2018 the Mojito was the best-selling cocktail in the UK, knocked off its perennial top spot by the Porn Star Martini…. Mmm, just imagine that with rum instead of vodka…

While sweet, fruity rum cocktails are the most popular, rum is the base of some serious-drinking cocktails as well – thanks to its complex and strong flavour. The classic Daiquiri, for example, is a simple mix of just rum, sugar and lime. In recent years the Rum Old Fashioned has also got a seat at the serious-cocktail table, replacing bourbon and made from stirring down good quality dark rum with sugar and Angostura bitters.