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13 Rum Cocktails With Vacation Vibes

Discover 13 rum cocktails that turn simple home mixology sessions into virtual island getaways.

Pouring Bacardi Rum into Daiquiri
Crafting rum cocktails is fun. Drinking rum cocktails is more fun. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Distilled with sugarcane and aged in casks made of wood and steel, rum is one of the most popular liquors around the world. And, while the spirit can be produced almost anywhere, the islands of Barbados, Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico produce much of the world’s best rum using locally grown sugarcane.

Crafted Cuba Libre with Rum Bottle
We felt special when we drank this Cuba Libre crafted with coca cola and Havana Club Especial Cuban rum. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Rums vary from drink to drink. Some rum drinks call for light rum, while others call for rums that are gold, dark, or aged. Heck, some rum drinks include more than one type of rum. And that’s not even counting flavored and spiced rums.

Jungle Bird Cocktail with Rum Bottle
We crafted this Jungle Bird with rum we had purchased to craft Dark & Stormy cocktails. That’s what we call clever multi-purposing! | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We’ve acquired a variety of rums since we love crafting rum cocktails at home and, as a true confession, sometimes we sip them over ice. However, there’s nothing like sipping a rum cocktail.

These are our favorite rum cocktail recipes:

13 of the Best Rum Cocktails

Jungle Bird Cocktail with Grey Background
Jungle Bird
Go wild and craft a Jungle Bird cocktail at home! Despite its surprisingly simple recipe, the sophisticated tiki cocktail is a delight whether you live in an actual jungle or an urban one.
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Rum Old Fashioned Cocktail with White Background
Rum Old Fashioned
The Rum Old Fashioned is like a classic Old Fashioned with one exception – it's crafted with rum instead of whiskey. After you follow our easy recipe and craft this drink at home, you'll wonder where this stiff rum cocktail has been all of your life.
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Bacardi Daiquiri on Ledge
Classic Daiquiri
Leave any preconceptions about the Daiquiri behind when you follow our easy Bacardi Daiquiri recipe. Cuba's most classic cocktail is a sophisticated summer sipper made with just three ingredients that you probably already have at home.
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Pina Colada with Pink Background from Above
Pina Colada
The Pina Colada is more than the subject of a 70s hit song. Puerto Rico's national drink is also a frothy, fruity cocktail that's surprisingly simple to make at home either with or without a blender. We go the blender-free route in this easy Pina Colada recipe and it's a winner.
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Mai Tai Cocktail with White Background
Mai Tai
The Mai Tai cocktail isn't just the most iconic tiki drink. It's also a classic rum cocktail that's easy to craft at home and even easier to sip.
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Dark and Stormy Cocktail Centered
Dark and Stormy
A Dark and Stormy cocktail tastes great regardless of the weather. However, those who don't follow this cocktail's rule could hit bumpy water. Discover that rule in our easy Dark and Stormy recipe while you learn how to craft the classic cocktail in just two minutes.
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Coquito with White Background
This Coquito recipe will show you how to create the Puerto Rican cocktail at home. It's a tasty cocktail with a boozy, coconut kick. It's also a great option for people who don't want to add raw eggs to their creamy Christmas cocktails.
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Mary Pickford Cocktail with Garnish
Mary Pickford
Inspired by one of Hollywood's top actresses during Prohibition, the Mary Pickford cocktail is a tasty tipple that has passed the test of time. It's also easy to craft with just a handful of ingredients.
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Cuba Libre Cocktail with Black Background
Cuba Libra
The Cuba Libre cocktail takes Rum & Coke to new heights with the simple addition of fresh lime juice. Discover the dubious history of this popular rum cocktail plus an easy Cuba Libre recipe that you'll want to follow again and again.
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Muddling Mojito in a Glass Pitcher.jpg
Our Bacardi Mojito recipe is ideal for summer. You can whip up this Cuban cocktail favorite at home with just five ingredients plus ice.
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Hurricane Cocktail with Blue Background
Drinking a Hurricane cocktail at Pat O'Brien's is a rite of passage for first-time visitors to New Orleans. However, you can craft a better version of the fruity cocktail at home no matter where you live.
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Hemingway Daiquiri Next to Blue Tiles
Hemingway Daiquiri
Also known as a Papa Doble, the Hemingway Daiquiri takes the simple Daiquiri to a new level with two simple additions. Discover how Ernest Hemingway got his name on the drink and learn how to make a Papa Doble at home.
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Between the Sheets Cocktail with White Background
Between The Sheets
Get your mind out of the gutter! The Between the Sheets Cocktail is a sophisticated sipper that you can order at a fancy bar or craft at home with just a handful of ingredients. Follow our easy recipe if you prefer the latter option.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is rum?

Rum is alcohol distilled with sugarcane.

What’s the most popular rum cocktail?

The Daiquiri isn’t just the most popular rum cocktail. It’s also one of the most popular cocktails period.

What is good to mix with rum?

Rum mixes well with both juices and sodas. However, there’s nothing like drinking good rum on the rocks.

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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Original Publication Date: February 28, 2023

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