The Rum Diary: Our All-time Top 10 Rum Cocktails

Chicago Fizz

Ol’ Blue Eyes bet his bottom dollar you’d lose your blues in Chicago, and with a sparkling Chicago Fizz in hand, we’re inclined to agree! This twist on the classic sloe gin fizz is as rich as a king’s ransom. Enjoy with your queen nearby.


1 part dark rum

1 part ruby port

1/2 part lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar

Soda water

1 egg white


Pour everything, except soda, into a mixer and shake with ice. Strain well, top with soda.


Cuba Libre

It’s the first hot day of summer. Ladies float by in dresses made from the wings of butterflies. Gents expose shins the color of skim milk. Everyone’s smiling. Everyone’s walking a little taller. Life, suddenly, seems full of possibility: ripe, fragrant, fleshy. What are we drinking? What do you think.


2 parts cola

1 part white rum


Pour cola and rum over ice. Serve with a lime wedge.

Frozen Daiquiri

You can thank President Teddy Roosevelt for the daiquiri’s 1940s heyday, which consequently cemented it into our cocktail vocabulary. So it’s wartime, and our friends whiskey and vodka are hard to come by…. but thanks to Teddy’s Good Neighbor Policy, trade with Latin America, Cuba, and the Caribbean is going gangbusters. And what flows freely from these wonderful exotic lands? Exactly.


2 parts light rum

1/2 part triple sec

1 part lime juice

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 cup ice


Blend all ingredients at high speed. Simple.


Hot Buttered Rum

If the idea of camping frightens you (no cable? no thanks!), a steaming mug of Hot Buttered Rum is the best way to recreate the zesty appeal of a campfire, with HBO still safely in reach.


Slice of soft butter

1 teaspoon brown sugar

Spices: ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice

Dash vanilla extract

2 parts dark rum

Hot water


Mix butter, sugar and spice in a mug. Pour in rum, hot water, vanilla and stir well.



New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien invented the super sweet Hurricane in the 1940s. Pat needed a new cocktail that’d help him offload the cheap rum he was forced to buy, thanks to aforementioned scotch and whiskey shortages. He served his syrupy concoction in hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses to thirsty sailors. The rest is – hic – history.


One part dark rum

One part white rum

Passion fruit syrup

Lime juice


Shake all ingredients with ice, strain over ice.

Long Island Iced Tea

All your friends are invited to this (potentially dangerous) shindig! Proceed with caution.


1 part triple sec

1 part light rum

1 part gin

1 part vodka

1 part tequila

2 parts sour mix



Mix all spirits and sour mix well. Strain, top off with cola. 


Mai Tai

Looking for an island getaway from the comfort of your own wet bar? Mai Tais for everyone! You’d be forgiven for thinking this Tiki tipple is an ancient Polynesian recipe that drifted to our shores on a coconut-infused island breeze… It wasn’t. Chicago, 1944: Trader Vic, of the Trader Vic’s restaurant chain, invents the Mai Tai for friends visiting from Tahiti.


6 parts white rum

3 parts orange Curacao

3 parts Orgeat syrup

1 part rock candy syrup

2 parts fresh lime juice

6 parts dark rum


Shake all ingredients except the dark rum in a mixer with ice. Strain into glass, then float the dark rum. Add a tiny umbrella and enjoy.



For two weeks in 2004, Richland, New Jersey, was renamed Mojito. After mojitos. Because Richland grows and sells a ton of mint. Mint that’s in mojitos. Can you imagine living in Mojito? We don’t use the phrase ‘heaven on earth’ very often, but…


4 parts white rum

3 parts lime juice

3 sprigs of mint

2 teaspoons sugar

Soda water


Muddle mint with sugar and lime juice. Add rum, top with soda water. Garnish with mint.

Planter’s Punch

Nothing says party like a punchbowl/ pot / laundry bucket of homemade punch. There are as many varieties as there are options to serve it in – other recipes include Curacao, bitters, sour mix and so on. Tinker until you and your guests are dancing in their socks or attempting to jump off things.


2 parts dark rum

2 parts orange juice

2 parts pineapple juice

½ part lime juice



Combine juices and rum in a shaker with ice. Strain over ice, top with grenadine.

Piña Colada

The official beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978, piña coladas taste like a 1950s sunset and flirting.


1 part white rum

1 part cream of coconut

3 parts pineapple juice


Mix with crushed ice until smooth. Pour into chilled glass, and serve.



About Georgia

I'm a young adult novelist with a weakness for hot nerds and cheese platters, not necessarily in that order. I am currently working on my third novel. I'm pretty excited about having just turned 30 because it means I can justify spending a lot of time thinking about homewares.
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