I don’t know about you but I entered this cocktail world with a few classic rum cocktails that made my summer days that much better. Cocktails like the mojito, pina colada, mai tai and so on are the first one that comes to my mind when I think of a classic summer cocktail.
It was quite hard to make a list of only 11 rum summer cocktails but I didn’t want to add more than that since it can be quite overwhelming to choose from a huge list. I did my best to add cocktails that are quite different from each other so you have where to choose from.
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Best Summer Rum Cocktails
Here are my favorite 11 summer rum cocktails. I hope you will find one or more that will make your summer that much better.
Cuba Libre Highball Recipe (Rum & Coke)
Cuba Libre is one of the most popular rum drinks out there and, for sure, the easiest one to make at home. I love how simple but good it is, I had it quite often the last summer, so that's why I put it in the first place here.
All that matters when you make a Cuba Libre is to choose a good rum. It can go with spiced rum, dark rum, and also light rum, but in my experience, a rum that has a stronger taste works better to cut through the Coca-Cola taste.
Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe
We all love a good Daiquiri, but a fruity Daiquiri is that much better and what fruit would be the best if not strawberry? I have a few fruity daiquiri recipes on this site but strawberry daiquiri is my favorite without a doubt.
The Bacardi Cocktail Recipe
The original Bacardi cocktail is one of the best and still easy-to-make summer rum cocktails.
All you need is Bacardi rum, lime, and grenadine. That's it, three great ingredients that work so well together.
Painkiller Cocktail Recipe
This refreshingly cool rum-based cocktail, the Painkiller, has a twist on the beloved classic rum and pineapple drink which happens to be next on this list.
Pina Colada Cocktail Recipe (Shaken, Not Frozen)
The ubiquity of Pina Colada means that we have all grown up accepting it as part of our culture without necessarily considering its origin or the exact time it was created; such is the influence of rum, pineapple and coconut in our lives.
Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe - A Tiki Summer Delight
The Mai Tai is a renowned tiki drink that many people have heard of and likely want to try. Despite its relatively long history, this cocktail has continued to remain popular, with several different recipes existing for it.
Canchanchara Cocktail Recipe - Refreshing Rum Highball
An ideal summer refresher, Canchanchara is a traditional Cuban cocktail with a simple combination of ingredients that create a truly unique and delicious flavor. Chanchanara is an uncomplicated yet invigorating refreshment, perfect for cooling off in the warmer months.
Caribeno Cocktail Recipe
Caribeno has a distinct tropical flavour and highlights the combination of coconut and rum. It is like a less-intense Tiki drink with all its best elements.
Anejo Highball Cocktail Recipe
An Anejo highball is a flavorful mixture of rum and ginger beer that creates a unique and enjoyable taste. The rum is prominent in the cocktail but pairs quite well with the ginger beer.
The Mojito - The Way I Like It, Extra Minty
Mojito, a long drink or highball based on rum, has become so popular it is sure to attract loyal followers. It is the perfect accompaniment to warmer weather. Mint, lime, sugar, club soda, and rum the best mixture of sweet but still refreshing ingredients to make your summer better.
Rum Collins Cocktail Recipe
The Rum Collins is a delicious adaptation of the classic Collins cocktail, using rum as its main ingredient. The drink is fizzy and slightly sweet, making it a perfect treat.
I hope this list of best summer rum drinks was helpful and that you will try at least one of those delicious cocktails. If you are looking for other summer cocktails I have a list for tequila and another one for gin summer cocktails you might be interested in.
If you want something without alcohol, here is my list of 29 mocktail ideas.