Rum Cocktails for Bartenders

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Rum Cocktails for Bartenders

Rum Cocktails all Bartenders Should Know

When you think of rum, what comes to mind? Balmy beach paradises of the Caribbean? Pirate adventures on the high seas?  It can be said that where there’s rum, a party is bound to follow – especially if it’s near the beach! Rum features in some of the most celebrated tropical cocktails in the world. Let’s take a look at some of the essentials.


This drink emerged in the 1880s in Cuba. Together with the mojito (and countless other drinks, no doubt), the daiquiri was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourites. In fact, the Hemingway Daiquiri counts as one of the many incarnations of this chameleon-like drink. However, there’s no substitute for the original daiquiri. Forget all of this needlessly complicated frozen-strawberry-banana nonsense. The real deal consists of the simple combination of light rum, lime juice and superfine sugar. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.


Ernest Hemingway was also a devoted follower of the mojito, and his poetic odes to the drink can still be read on the countertops of La Bodeguita in Old Havana. This is arguably one of the most uplifting summer cocktails in the world. Muddle some lime wedges and mint leaves in the bottom of a sturdy-bottomed glass. Then, add 60ml of smooth, light rum, and 1-2 teaspoons of superfine sugar. Muddle the mix further, and then top it all off with some effervescent club soda.


Things get a little more complicated with a Hurricane. But rest assured – the results are still delicious. This is a powerful drink that marks a departure from old Caribbean traditions of cocktail making. In fact, it originated in New Orleans and represents some of the defining characteristics of the tiki drink.

Grab a cocktail shaker, and throw in 60ml of dark rum, 60ml of light rum, 60ml of passion fruit juice, 30ml of orange juice and the juice from half a lime. Then, add a tablespoon of simple syrup and a tablespoon of grenadine. Fill the shaker with ice and blend everything vigorously. Strain into a Hurricane Glass (shaped like a pear) and garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Pina Colada

Let’s head back to the Caribbean for this famous cocktail. It originated from the beach-bar scene of Puerto Rico in the 1950s, and is well-loved for its delectable flavourings of light rum, pineapple and coconut. To make the original pina colada, pour 30ml of light rum, 30ml of coconut cream and 90ml of pineapple juice into a cocktail mixer filled with ice. Shake all of the ingredients vigorously. Strain into a Hurricane Glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge.

Hot Buttered

Contrary to popular opinion, rum doesn’t only feature in tropical cocktails. In fact, it works incredibly well as a winter-time drink. Its aromatic and spicy properties have to power to warm you from the inside out, and what better way to celebrate these characteristics than in a Hot Buttered? This is the perfect drink for quiet nights around a bonfire. Place a slice of soft butter, brown sugar and spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) into the bottom of an Irish Coffee Glass. Then, pour in some hot water and 60ml of dark rum. Stir together and enjoy!