Let’s take a look at dark rum cocktails, and we’ll highlight a few that I think sound amazing!
Rum is one of the most versatile liquors—in fruity, sweet drinks, it’s a powerhouse, and even straight over ice, It is dark, rich, and smooth.
Dark rum can be paired with many fruity and sour ingredients to make a good cocktail.
It doesn’t matter if you are a big fan of the bold boozy flavor; you can always use dark rum to spice up your cocktails.
Understanding the great potential of dark rum, we have decided to come up with a list of the 15 best dark rum cocktails!
All of them have their own characteristic; some will be fruity, some will be boozy, and some will be intense and dark, but they all celebrate the flavor of dark rum so perfectly that you might want to keep yourself at a party or on vacation mode.
This is not it; we have a unique entry for a hot cocktail on the list #11, especially for the winters, so do read the article for a warm surprise.
So less talking and more cocktails!
1. Rum & Coke
Rum & Coke are literally all you need to make this rum cocktail.
It is simple to make yet one of the most popular and delicious liquor choices.
We like the coke’s intense and deep flavor of rum and sweetness.
And when garnished with a slice of lemon and orange, it gives it vibrant.
And the best part is that it is so easy to make and takes 2 minutes.
2. Pina Colada
We have to admit that Pina Colada is a classic cocktail we all have heard of and at least tried once.
The coconut cream, pineapple juice, lime juice, dark rum, white rum, and the fresh chunk of pineapple make this cocktail a little boozy and creamy.
We found this cocktail a perfect blended frozen drink for the summer parties.
Seriously, floating over the pool, and enjoying the sun with every sip of Pina Colada is so relaxing!
3. Rum Punch
Rum Punch is a blast of freshness and summery tropical flavors.
It is a perfect cocktail for summer pool parties, brunch, and warm evenings.
The recipe requires 5 ingredients: rum, lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine.
If you are making this punch for the crowd, feel free to make it ahead of time and let it cool for an extra punch of freshness.
4. Mai Tai
Mai Tai cocktail is fruity, nutty, and zingy in taste, unlike the regular fruit punches.
The fact this rum cocktail has a different flavor from the rest of the fruity cocktails is the use of Aged Rum and the dark rum.
Both rums come together to give the cocktails a deep nutty flavor.
The recipe also calls for ingredients like orange liquor, orgeat syrup, and lime juice for little sweetness and complex zing flavors.
We found it sophisticated and perfect for celebrations.
Zombie is a complex drink and a bit strong on alcohol.
The recipe requires eight ingredients that include three types of rums: dark rum, golden rum, and demerara rum.
Moreover, balancing the three rums is quite a challenge, but if it is made right, you can enjoy the intense flavor of rum along with slight sweetness and bitterness.
Spoiler alert, you might be able to drink more than two drinks because of the booze.
6. Rum Sour
If you love the taste of dark rum with a little hint of sweetness and sourness, then you must try the Rum Sour.
Even though it is simple, you can always add your flare to it by adding sweetener that you like.
The recipe needs three ingredients: dark rum, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
We found it perfect for brunch and summer parties and easy to serve and make again and again.
Rum Moscow Mule is another refreshing drink on our list.
It is light and has delicious notes of ginger and caramel.
The recipe needs 3 ingredients: ginger beer, dark rum, and lime juice.
We love the balance of spiciness from the ginger beer is balanced by the sour lime juice and the dark rum.
This drink is cold, frizzy, light, and perfect for beer lovers who want to try something new and simple, especially with the dark rum.
You might have heard about El Presidente if you are a big fan of rum.
Indeed, it is a world-renowned cocktail, and the recipe was discovered in 1915.
It is like a rich and sophisticated drink but made with just a few ingredients on hand.
Our recipe is very close to the authentic version and may include non-traditional home liquor like vermouth blanc and triple sec.
But we genuinely believe it is worth trying if you are into a bit of a dark and intense boozy cocktail.
If you love Tiki cocktails and Pina Coladas, then Painkiller Cocktail is a must to try!
It is similar to pina colada, but you can say it is the lighter drink since it includes no pineapple chunks.
It is creamy, tangy, and a little boozy.
But honestly, it is a perfect drink to enjoy your vacation!
All you need is rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and orange juice.
11. Hot Buttered Rum
We always associate the cocktail with chilled and frozen ones, but the cocktail can be hot too, just like the Hot Buttered Rum!
It is an excellent drink for winter since it is warm and has a perfect amount of booze.
We also find it very festive because of the spiced butter compote, which has bold flavors like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
You can make the spiced butter ahead of time and compile the drink with boiling water, rum, and orange juice while serving.
Undoubtedly, it will be a crowd-pleasing and a great addition to the hot drink in the winter.
As the name suggests, this drink will take you to the Bahamas’ breezy tropical beaches.
It is fresh, sour, and so satisfying that you dance a little.
The secret to the perfect Bahama Mama is the combination of rum along with coconut rum, grenadine, pineapple juice, and orange juice.
Just serve it chilled along with a slice of lime, pineapple, or orange, and set your mood to the beachy vibes.
Mojitos are the perfect drink to have while snacking, but have you thought of leveling the classic mojito up?
Well, you can now with the help of dark rum.
This Mojito With Dark rum has a deep and rich flavor with a good amount of sweetness, raw sugar, and a blast of freshness from the mint.
The recipe is simple: just muddle the mint, lime, and sugar, add rum and club soda, shake with the ice, and you are good to go!
Hurricane Drink is a New Orleans specialty cocktail.
It is more like a rum punch but with the extra oomph of fruitiness and sourness.
The idea behind the creation of the Hurricane was to use a substitute for Whisky in WWII.
This drink is as boozy as whisky because of dark and light rum that goes well with grenadine, orange juice, lime juice, and the secret ingredient in the passion fruit juice recipe.
Indeed, another cocktail you must try!
15. Jungle Bird
Jungle Bird is inspired by a classic tiki recipe that is very refreshing and fruity.
We found the recipe perfectly balanced between fruity sweetness and slight bitterness from the combination of dark rum and the bitter Italian liqueur.
Indeed, it sets the tropical vibes right for the fun party and the night!
If you are not a big fan of the throat burn from rum and liquor, this recipe is perfect for you.
The bottom line
We believe that dark rum can make so many perfect cocktails.
Indeed, there are so many ways that you can use the deliciously smooth dark rum in the cocktails.
This idea led us to give you a list of 15 dark rum cocktail recipes.
Free feel to try any one of them for this weekend or may for the pool party.
You will not be disappointed and find your way to the new flavors of cocktails as well.
Let us know which one you have tried along with friends.
- Rum & Coke
- Pina Colada
- Rum Punch
- Mai Tai
- Rum Sour
- Rum Moscow Mule
- El Presidente
- Brass Monkey
- Painkiller Cocktail
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Bahama Mama Cocktail
- Mojito With Dark Rum
- New Orleans Hurricane Drink
- Jungle Bird
- Find your favorite recipe from our Dark Rum Cocktails list.
- Gather all the ingredients needed.
- Start mixin' and make us proud!