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Rum Collins Cocktail Recipe

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The Collins is a very popular drink, and a rum version is definitely something to try out next. 

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What is Rum Collins?

The rum Collins is a version of Collins that uses rum as its base spirit. It’s bubbly, a bit sweet, and definitely one of the better adaptations of a Collins. This drink style’s been made with every spirit imaginable, starting with the Old Tom type of gin, and it eventually found its way to vodka and even rum. 

Today we’re showing you how to make a rum Collins. 

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Rum Collins Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A delicious new way to prepare a Collins.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 2 oz white rum
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz club soda


  • Build in an ice-filled Collins glass.
  • Start with the rum, then syrup and lime, club soda last.
  • Stir lightly.


This is essentially a Mojito without mint, and you can easily swap the simple syrup for a flavored one.

When is this drink best ?

I think a rum Collins is a great summer drink, especially if you’re someone who likes rum since it’s one of the few spirits that just pair so well with the warm season. 

It’s also a casual drink, perhaps because of the club soda. I could easily see this served at lunch, at dinner, brunch, an open bar, a pool party, any setting you can think of. 

My thoughts on Rum Collins

I liked the rum Collins, and to be very honest it reminded me of a mint-free Mojito. The ingredients and proportions are essentially the same. The rum in this works well with the lime and syrup, and it works even better if you use dark rum ( I used white). The club soda cuts through everything and turns it into a lighthearted drink, rather than a rum sour. 

Overall a very refreshing drink, and definitely something to try if you’re looking for new summer cocktails.   

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If you like Rum Collins, you might also like…

Mojito – the classic mint, rum, and club soda drink

Tom Collins – a rum Collins with gin

Vodka Collins – a rum Collins with Vodka

Gin Tonic – a bubbly mix of gin and tonic water

Anejo Highball – similar to a rum Collins but with extra bells and whistles

Cucumber Collins – a gin Collins with fresh cucumber

Rum Lemonade – a refreshing mix of rum and lemonade

Notes, substitutes, and tips

This is a very simple recipe, with a fairly simple flavor profile. If you enjoy it like that, that’s fine. But if you’re looking for extra flavor, consider using a flavored rum or a flavored syrup to change things up a little. Some of the best combinations that work in this would be mango, coconut, pineapple, banana, vanilla. 

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