5 Classic Rum Cocktails You Need To Know

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Pirates drank it. Hemingway drank it. Every person who has ever had a mixed drink on a Caribbean cruise has probably drank it. Rum is essential to a bar’s makeup, so we’ve put together five rum cocktail recipes you need to know, whether you’re working behind a bar or just fancy yourself a mixologist at home.

Cuba Libre

  • 2 oz white rum
  • Coca Cola to fill
  • Lime wheel

Method: Put Ice in a Collins glass. Add rum and coke. Garnish with lime wheel.


  • 2 oz white rum
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge

Method: Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake hard, then double strain into a couple glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

Dark and Stormy

  • 2 oz black rum
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • 5 oz ginger beer
  • lime wheel

Method: Add rum and lime juice to shaker and shake hard. Pour into a Collins glass. Add ice and ginger beer. Stir and top with a lime wheel.

Mai Tai

  • 5 oz white rum
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz orange curacao
  • .5 oz orgeat syrup
  • .75 oz dark rum
  • lime wedge
  • pineapple spear

Method: Shake all ingredients except dark rum together in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice and float dark rum on top. Garnish with a lime wedge and a pineapple spear.


  • 2 oz white rum
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup

Method: Fill a Louis bag with ice and crush (or use crushed/pebble ice). Put all but out or two mint leaves in the bottom of Collins glass, followed by the remaining ingredients. Add ice. Use a swizzle stick to stir, add more ice, and stir again. Garnish with more mint.