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RECIPES: The Top Rum Drinks For A Cocktail Party

Daiquiri Cocktail
[1] One of the top rum the top rum drinks, the Daiquiri, invented by an American engineer in Cuba (photo ©

Dark & Stormy Cocktail
[2] The Dark & Stormy, made with dark rum (photo © Hyatt Regency| LA).

[3] Our favorite rum cocktail is the Banana Daiquiri. Here’s a recipe from*.

[4] The Sidecar. Does anyone today know what a sidecar is? It’s a one-wheeled attachment to a motorcycle that enables a second person to ride. The story is that the drink was named after the sidecar in which a customer customarily was driven to and from the little bistro where the drink was born (source) (photo © Adam Jaime | Unsplash).


August 16th is National Rum Day. This year it’s on a Tuesday, but that’s not stopping us from enjoying some of the top rum cocktails.

We’re having a rum cocktail party the weekend before and the weekend after, to try and compare as many rum drinks as we can.

If you like this idea, here are the top rum cocktails (although there are scores and scores of them).

Since rum is distilled from sugar cane (actually, the molasses left over from refining the cane juice into sugar crystals), it’s not surprising that these are sweet drinks.

All have added sugar and many have variations (e.g. Banana Daiquiri, Pomegranate Mojito).

All have their traditional garnishes, from lime wedges and mint sprigs to a pineapple wedge and gardenia†.

For your consideration, here are recipes for the top rum cocktails (don’t get mad if some links make you sign into the website, to verify that you are 21 or older).

> The history of rum.

  • Bacardi Cocktail: rum, lime juice, pomegranate grenadine.
  • Bacardi Rum Punch: two rums, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice.
  • Blue Hawaii: rum, vodka, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix.
  • Coquito: super creamy with coconut milk, cream of coconut, condensed and evaporated milks.
  • Cuba Libre: rum, Coca-Cola, lime (a.k.a. Rum & Coke).
  • Daiquiri: rum, lime and sugar over ice.
  • Dark ‘N’ Stormy: dark rum and ginger beer.
  • Hot Buttered Rum (Rum Toddy): dark rum, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spices, butter.
  • Hurricane: two rums, orange juice, lime juice, passion fruit syrup, grenadine.
  • Long Island Iced Tea: rum, gin, tequila, vodka, triple sec, Coca-Cola
  • Mai Tai: two types of rum, curaçao, lime juice
  • Mojito: rum, lime, mint, soda water
  • Piña Colada: rum, coconut cream, heavy cream, pineapple juice
  • Planter’s Punch: dark rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine
  • Scorpion: rum, cognac, orange juice, lemon, mint
  • Sidecar: rum, triple sec, lime juice
  • Zombie: two rums, triple sec, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine
    …not to mention the Bahama Mama, Beach Bum, Brass Monkey, Bushwacker, Flaming Volcano.
    You could have a cocktail party that just includes rum drinks with evocative names!

    Drink responsibly, unless you’re hosting a sleepover party. And even then.

    *BANANA DAIQUIRI RECIPE: Here’s our own recipe per drink, from a bartender we met in the Caribbean way back during Spring Break: Toss in the blender 1 very ripe banana, 3 tablespoons ounces white rum, 2 tablespoons banana liqueur (it delivers a richer banana flavor), 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice.

    Some people toss cracked ice into the blender to make it a frozen drink. Either way, it’s delicious.

    THE SCORPION: As far as anyone can tell, the Scorpion was first served 1930s at a Honolulu bar called The Hut. “Trader Vic” Bergeron (“Trader Vic”) picked up the recipe a decade or so later at his bar in Oakland, California.

    He tweaked it a bunch and multiplied it by about four, and thus birthed the Scorpion Bowl, a large-format cocktail now served in Tiki bars and seedy Chinese joints around the world. The Scorpion, when served in a bowl large enough to float the flower.

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