8 Fresh Cocktails with Rum to Lift Your Pirate Spirit from MER Patrimony

8 Fresh Cocktails with Rum

to Lift Your Pirate Spirit

As we are approaching the end of spring, it is important to set yourself for the right mood. Although we are currently stuck at home with all these lockdowns and restrictions, there is always a place for a little Skype party with your dearest and nearest. Take a pair of flip flops, put on a garland, switch on “Over the Rainbow” and recreate the atmosphere of Hawaii vacation. Oh, and don’t forget to add rum to that list to prepare best-in-class cocktails that will lift your pirate spirit and quickly get you to the shores of the Pacific Ocean (at least in your imagination!).

Indulge yourself with a carefree Pina Colada, a strong Rum-Brandy Punch or a tropical Swizzle. Don’t know what to choose? There are so many cocktails with rum out there that it is easy to get lost. Thus, our experts shortlisted top 8 rum cocktails that will provide you with a taste of summer and a feel of a vacation at least for several hours.

As we are approaching the end of spring, it is important to set yourself for the right mood. Although we are currently stuck at home with all these lockdowns and restrictions, there is always a place for a little Skype party with your dearest and nearest. Take a pair of flip flops, put on a garland, switch on “Over the Rainbow” and recreate the atmosphere of Hawaii vacation. Oh, and don’t forget to add rum to that list to prepare best-in-class cocktails that will lift your pirate spirit and quickly get you to the shores of the Pacific Ocean (at least in your imagination!).

1. Pina Colada

Taste: Sweet

Yeah, we know it is a good old classic. Although this rum cocktail is ancient, it still remains to be the symbol of youth, poolside parties and glamorous cruises. A half century ago, it was a drink of the day in San Juan, Puerto Rico where it was beloved by all the locals and tourists. Since that time, the original recipe has received numerous variations, which makes it highly flexible and easy to adapt to your taste.

However, Pina Colada has one big drawback —  sugar and calories. That is why many ladies are careful with this top rum cocktail. But don’t worry. Especially for those who want to stay fit, we prepared a low-calorie recipe of Pina Colada that is also cholesterol-free and highly hydrating.

Ingredients: 

1 oz. of pineapple juice

1 oz. coconut water or coconut milk

2 oz. of white rum

Recipe:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 30-40 seconds
  2. Put some ice in a big-bowled glass and pour the drink over it
  3. Garnish your cocktail with pineapples, lime or any other fruit you like.

Low-calorie recipe of Pina Colada | MER

2. Red Daiquiri

Taste: spicy

Many of our readers might have negative experiences with Daiquiri just because they haven’t found the one to their taste. A few know that Daiquiri is actually the family of cocktails that have rum and citrus juice in their core. Thus, it might have multiple variations and recipes, which provides barmen with a room to experiment and be creative. Although this drink might have bad rep, it is an all-time classic that cannot be omitted.

If you are ok with classy sweet rum cocktails, you can go for traditional Daiquiri and enjoy your drink. But if you want to go nuts and take a risk, try our recipe of Red Daiquiri that will spice up your feelings and add a bit of diversity to your routine.

Ingredients:

1 oz. of red rum

½ slice of chilly

2 fresh Basil leaves

1 oz. of lime juice

1 oz of coconut water

Recipe:

  1. Grind pepper and place it in the base of a shaker
  2. Add other ingredients to the shaker and shake for 20-30 seconds
  3. Strain the drink into a chilled glass with ice
  4. Garnish with pepper or lime

Recipe of Red Daiquiri | MER

2. Sunset in Manila

Taste: sour-sweet

Sunset in Manila differs from the two previous positions in our list, as it is not as classy as Pina Colada or Mojito. But if you want to try something new and fresh, then Sunset in Manila will make a perfect match for you. The recipe for this innovative and already popular rum cocktail was invented by the chefs and bartenders of the Dominic Hotel who know exactly what their visitors enjoy the most. The extraordinary blend of grenadine, lime, and mango will add a bit of magic to your “vacation” party and bring you and your friends to the shores of Manila.

Ingredients:

1 oz. of Tanduay rum

½ oz. of lime juice

½ oz. of pineapple juice

½ oz. of mashed mango

¼ oz of grandine

Recipe:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a shaker for 20-30 seconds
  2. Double strain the drink into a Martini glass and add a bit of ice
  3. Garnish your cocktail with lime or mango

Cocktail recipe Sunset in Manila | MER

4. Boston Rum Punch

Taste:  sour-sweet

Do you want something simple but, at the same time, delicious and refreshing? Then our next cocktail on the list is for you! It seems like Boston Rum Punch was invented by college students who wanted to hang out with the best rum cocktails at their parties without spending much time and effort on cooking and preparation. This easy rum cocktail is just a mix of traditional rum and homemade lemonade, so anyone can prepare it without leaving a hammock! Try it once, and you’ll fall in love with it forever.

Ingredients:

2 oz. of traditional Jamaican rum

3 oz. of lemonade (you can choose your favorite one)

Strawberry and orange to garnish

Recipe:

  1. Add 2 oz of rum to the shake and then fill it with lemonade to your taste. We recommend 3 oz. of lemonade as it will create a perfect balance of lemon and rum in the glass.
  2. Shake all the ingredients with ice in a shake for 15-20 seconds
  3. Pour the drink into a pint glass
  4. Garnish the glass with orange, lime or strawberry

Delicious and refreshing Boston Rum Punch

5. Rum Negroni

Taste: bitter

Especially for those who are in love with everything Italian, we included Negroni in our list of the best cocktails with rum. Most people have love-hate relationships with this drink — either you adore it at the first sip, or you will never understand its polarizing nature. A bitter Campari mixed with hard-boiled gin might be too hard to embrace for beginners and those who just start their journey into the world of Italian classics. Thus, if you don’t want to train your palate, we advise replacing gin with a “softer” alternative like dark rum. Rum Negroni might become your springboard into the world of more sophisticated cocktails, which will open up the universe of new tastes and flavors for you.

Ingredients:

1 oz. of dark rum

1 oz of vermouth

1 oz of Campari

Recipe:

  1. Put a cup of ice in a shaker and add all ingredients to it
  2. Shake for 20-30 seconds
  3. Stir to chill and pour the drink into a Lowball glass
  4. Garnish with orange

Rum Negroni - sophisticated cocktail | MER

6. Hurricane

Taste: sour-sweet

“Hurricane” is the drink of real pirates and party animals. If you adore the taste of rum and prefer potent cocktails to light ones, then “Hurricane” has a lot to surprise you. Being originated in New Orlean,  this rum cocktail remains to be the hallmark of this place associated with wild carnivals and vibrant nightlife.

Ingredients:

2 oz. of traditional rum

2 oz. of dark rum

2 oz. of passion fruit juice

½ of lime

1 spoon of grenadine

1 spoon of simple syrup

Cherry and orange to garnish

Recipe:

  1. Squeeze the juice from lime in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Pour all other ingredients in a shaker and shake for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Strain the drink into a glass (the best way to serve this cocktail is in a hurricane glass).
  4. Garnish with fruits (cherry, orange or any other to your taste).

Hurricane - potent cocktail with the taste of rum

7. Chicago Fizz

Taste: sour-sweet

Chicago Fizz is the kind of drink whose recipes are transferred from one generation to another. Its unique blend of ingredients creates the taste that is so extraordinary that it cannot be substituted by any other cocktail. An intriguing mix of soda, dark rum, and a ruby port will bring you to heaven nine and evoke the same emotions you experience before a long-expected vacation.

Ingredients:

1 oz. of ruby port

1 oz. of dark rum

1 oz. of lemon juice

½ spoon of syrup

Club soda to your taste

1 egg white

Lime to garnish

Recipe:

  1.  Add all ingredients (except club soda) to a shaker and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Strain the drink into a glass filled with ice.
  3. Top with club soda
  4. Garnish with lime

Chicago Fizz - drink recipe

8. Surfer on Acid

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This cocktail with rum is easy to prepare, which makes it the best choice on any occasion. Whenever you chill out with friends after a trying working day or want to throw the best party ever, Surfer on Acid will make the best match for you. With its highly flexible recipe, it can be served either as a shooter or as a nice long drink prepared in a cocktail glass. Just remember to mix all the ingredients in equal proportion to make it tasty.

Ingredients:

1 oz. of coconut rum

1 oz of Jägermeister

1 oz. of pineapple juice

Recipe:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker for 30-40 seconds
  2. Strain the cocktail into a cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with your favorite fruit (preferably pineapple)

Surfer on Acid cocktail - flexible recipe | MER

These were 8 best rum cocktails you can easily prepare at home and enjoy your vacation party. These extraordinary recipes will serve the needs of the most meticulous gourmets. Besides, rum is a perfect spirit to experiment with cocktails, so you might be creative and come up with your own recipe. If you do, we welcome you to comment with your ideas and see whether they work for our readers.

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