For lovers of all things tropical, rum and tiki, long winter nights and frigid weather can be a real downer. Drinking a Daiquiri in the cold while bundled up in clothes simply doesn’t have the same appeal as drinking a Daiquiri by the pool. But don’t ignore your bottles of rum just because winter is here. The sugarcane spirit is the perfect ingredient for creamy cocktails, and it can take a drink from bleh to classic winter warmer. These 10 cocktails will leave you wondering why all the rum is gone all season long.
The 8 Best Rum Cocktails for Winter
The Coquito is a Caribbean twist on Eggnog that swaps the cream, eggs and milk for evaporated milk, coconut milk and coconut cream. A 50/50 split of spiced rum and aged rum gives the drink a kick, and after it’s all blended together with some spices and chilled, it tastes like the islands went north.
When you crave a decadent creamy drink but also some warmth, reach for a Tom & Jerry. It’s cozy, comfortable and just creamy enough to take the place of dessert. The secret is in the Tom & Jerry batter, which is made with sugar, dark rum, egg and vanilla. The batter is then augmented with more rum, some Cognac and a topping of steamed milk.
Tom and Jerry Batter
Throw it back like an American colonist this winter. Hot Buttered Rum was invented when the colonies started importing rum from Jamaica, making it one of the original warm rum drinks. The recipe endures to this day. All you need is some rum, butter and spices.
hot buttered rum batter
Maybe you don’t think flips, or whole-egg cocktails, are for you. If that’s your line of thinking, then you probably haven’t sipped on a Rum Flip while the winds howl outside your window. The natural spiciness of dark rum adds complexity, the egg gives it body, and a touch of demerara syrup sweetens things up a bit.
Every year around the holidays, the divisive drink that is Eggnog is inevitably set out on the dinner table for people to either avoid like the plague or chug like it’s only available for two short months. A proper Eggnog recipe, though, will turn even the most adamant Eggnog hater into a true believer. This recipe mixes bourbon, dark rum, fresh eggs, cream, whole milk and sugar.
Remember the days when finishing the last bit of milk in the cereal bowl was the best part of breakfast? Well, this Honey Buzz Milk Punch is like that, but even better. It’s made with Cheerio-infused rum, honey syrup, milk, bitters and more Cheerios.
If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain, then you’ll like Bushwackers. The sweet frozen cocktail has two types of rum, coconut cream and milk. Kahlúa is thrown into the mix, giving it some deeper coffee notes. To be fair, the Bushwacker also tastes great in the summer, spring and fall—especially in the drink’s native Florida. But if you drink it curled up in a blanket while watching a movie, you’ll understand the winter appeal.
Remember all that talk about not wanting a Daiquiri while being bundled up? This is the exception. The Holiday Daiquiri is made with an even split of white rum and spiced rum, then has allspice dram, demerara syrup and lime juice thrown in. The underlying winter spice makes it taste just right on a cold night.