Absolutely Delicious and Easy Rum Recipes

Rum makes people think of tropical island vacations, pirates, beautiful beaches, hidden treasure and lovely ladies. We’ve put together this list of delicious and easy rum recipes that any beginner can make. Use your favorite brand of rum, be it Bacardi or Captain Morgan, and bring the fun and excitement of a tropical vacation to your home in a heartbeat.

How Rum is Made

Rum is produced by distilling fermented water and sugar. The sugar is taken from sugar cane and then this is allowed to ferment using the juice of the cane. Sometimes it’s also fermented using molasses or concentrated cane juice. Molasses is created after the sugar cane juice has been boiled. It appears sticky and tastes very sweet. Molasses is a by-product of sugar extraction.

The majority of rum is produced using molasses. The content of molasses is about half sugar and may also have plenty of minerals plus certain trace elements. These all add to the distinct flavour. Rums that are produced from cane juice – especially in regions like Haiti and Martinique – are known to have a smooth taste. What is known as the “wash”, or the cane juice, molasses and water, is allowed to ferment using either airborne wild yeasts or cultured yeast. The fermentation occurs anywhere from a day for light rum to months for the heavier and more full-bodied types of rum.

The Hemingway Daiquiri

This drink was actually made for Ernest Hemingway himself. The origin of this cocktail is said to be in the lovely coasts of El Floridita, Havana. Read your favourite Hemingway story while enjoying this simple yet delectable rum recipe.

You will need:

  • 60 ml white rum (best served using Captain Morgan or Bacardi rum)
  • 15 ml grapefruit juice
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml Maraschino liqueur
  • Optional slice of lime to use as garnish

Fill up a cocktail shaker using ice cubes. Combine the white rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice and Maraschino liqueur into the shaker. Be sure to shake well. Strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass. Add in an optional slice of lime to garnish.

If you wish you can double up the amount of rum used. This makes the drink a Papa Doble.

The Dark and Stormy

Some of the best cocktails are the simplest kinds. This unassuming drink is known as Bermuda’s national cocktail. It’s easy and will take your mind off to a lovely tropical paradise with such little work involved.


  • 60 ml rum (we suggest using Bacardi or Captain Morgan)
  • Ginger beer
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Optional slice of lime to use as garnish

Fill a tall glass with ice then mix in the rum. Add your desired amount of ginger beer on top. Squeeze in the fresh lime juice. You may garnish with lime if you wish just before serving.

The Classic Daiquiri

It’s very hard to go wrong with classics. This old Cuban cocktail is said to originate way back in the late 1800s. It’s a highly simple and beautiful drink that is sure to be a hit with a date, your friends or as a cocktail to be enjoyed in solitude.

What you’ll need:

  • 50 ml white rum like Bacardi
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • 10 ml sugar syrup
  • Optional slice of lime to use as garnish

Place crushed ice into a shaker. Mix in the white rum and also add the lime juice and sugar syrup. Be sure to shake hard using a cha-cha-cha rhythm. Shake until the mixture appears frothy. Pour the drink into a chilled cocktail glass. You may use the slice of lime as garnish if desired. Serve and enjoy this lovely perfection.

You can also serve this drink frozen. Place all the ingredients inside a blender. Add a cup of ice. Blitz the drink until it appears smooth.

The Mae Nam

While a beach vacation in Thailand sounds ideal, not all of us can hop on a plane and sip on a tropical cocktail in some exotic locale. Bring the flavour of a Thai vacation anywhere you are with this delectable Thai daiquiri drink. Expect it to look like muddy water while tasting fiery and unforgettable.

What you’ll need:

  • 200 grams palm sugar
  • 200 ml water
  • 60 ml rum (Sangsom preferred if you want it to be authentically Thai but you may also use Bacardi or Captain Morgan)
  • 30 ml fresh lime juice
  • 20 ml palm sugar syrup
  • 1 bruised chilli
  • 1 bruised lemongrass stick

Place the palm sugar in a saucepan and heat up mixed with water. Add in the chilli and lemongrass stick. Pour in the sugar and allow the sugar to dissolve with the mixture using medium heat. Set the mixture aside and allow to cool. After it has cooled to room temperature, strain the syrup into a clean container.

Place ice in a shaker. Add in the rum, lime juice and palm sugar syrup. Be sure to shake well. Strain the drink into a low glass. Use a slice of lime to garnish if you wish.

Enjoy any of these drinks at the next bash. Your guests will be sure to ask for more. Bring the wonders of a tropical paradise to the party and have an unforgettable time.

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