How to Make Classic Rum Cocktails

How to Make Classic Rum Cocktails

If you are a rum lover, there is no excuse for you not to know how to make these classic rum cocktails below at home. If you are stuck inside, then grab that bottle and shake yourself one or more of these rum cocktails.

White, dark, aged, spiced, flavored – it doesn’t matter what rum you have, but always drink responsibly!

Classic Rum Cocktail Recipes


It only takes mixing white rum, lime juice and simple sugar and you have a the Daiquiri! That’s it – so simple and so delicious! Make it at home using this recipe from Trailer Happiness – one of the best bars in the world and my local in Notting Hill!



This summer party cocktail accompanied by chips and salas is my go to classic. One of the most popular cocktails ever, the Mojito can be made really badly. So perfect your muddling skills at home, so the next time you are at the beach, you can instruct the bartending not to be so brutal on your mint!

Pina Colada

The most googled cocktail of the summer, the Pīna Colada is obviously a hit. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of coconut so it’s not the one I order. Still, if I were to make it, I would definitely use Dead Man’s Fingers Pineapple Rum. It gives it that pineapple boost which sometimes disappears under all that coconut!

Rum Sour


My friend and former Lush Life guest, Karen Hoskin of Montanya Rum in Colorado, gave me this recipe. It’s the classic recipe using Montanya Rum, of course! Just remember to dry shake the egg white before adding the ice, in order to get it as foamy as possible!

Mai Tai


The Mai Tai was invented at Trader Vic’s restaurant in the 1940’s! Here is the exact recipe for this rum classic that you can make yourself at home!

Dark & Stormy


Invented on the island of Bermuda in 1806 by a member of the Gosling family, as the story goes, the recipe for the Dark and Stormy cocktail was born. Traditionally made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and Gosling’s Stormy ginger beer, this fan favorite has been reinvented in all ports of call far and wide

Rum Punch


This quintessential Caribbean rum cocktail is found on almost every island, but with its own twist. This rum punch recipe is curtesy of the Calabash Hotel in Grenada and made with home distilled Clarke’s Court Rum, with a bit of ginger and honey added to make it sweet and hot!

Cuba Libre


A Cuba Libre aka the Rum & Coke is elevated to classic cocktail status with the addition of lime! Try it with Mexican Cola to get the Latin American vibe!

Banana Rum Old Fashioned


The Banana Rum Old Fashioned is a twist cocktail recipe based on the classic Old Fashioned with La Hechicera Rum replacing the traditional bourbon. A bit of banana liqueur and some chocolate bitters and you can forgive tinkering with the classic recipe.

Lost Lake

Photo by Clayton Hauck

An easy rum cocktail recipe named after the famed Chicago bar, Lost Lake, that invented it! A mix of rum (of course!), lime and passionfruit, plus Campari has you headed right to Lincoln Park!

Another Pîna Colada Recipe!

Since this is the most sought after cocktail, I felt I couldn’t leave you without another recipe for it! This one comes straight from the island of Antigua!

English Harbour Colada, Antigua Distillery, St. John's

English Harbour Colada


  • 2oz English Harbour 5yr Old Rum
  • 2oz Fresh Squeezed Antigua Black Pineapple Juice
  • 2oz Fresh Coconut Water
  • Pineapple wedge and lime wheel


  1. Build in old fashioned glass over ice
  2. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and lime wheel

Made this cocktail?

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Enjoy the day and toast to your favorite bar!


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Disclosure:  I was provided with a sample of La Hechicera Rum, Clarke’s Court Rum and Dead Man’s Fingers Pineapple Rum for the purpose of making cocktails. All my opinions and cocktail choices are my own!

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