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The 7 Best Dark Rum Cocktails

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White rum gets all the love, thanks to its low price point and appearances in well-known classics like the Mojito. But we don’t think enough attention is given to its moodier, older sister, dark rum. Bold, spicy and just a touch sweeter, dark rum gives a mysterious edge to both classic and contemporary cocktails. Here, seven of our favorite dark rum drinks to get you excited about the spirit.

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This classic NOLA cocktail was invented at Pat O’Briens when they found themselves with a surplus of dark rum, which is why you'll find a whopping four ounces of the stuff inside the otherwise innocent-looking fruity drink. Made with a homemade passion fruit syrup and fresh lemon juice, this tall tiki sipper delivers a potent punch of dark rum’s bold molasses flavor.

The Essentials

dark rum
Passion fruit syrup
Fresh Lemon juice
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The Dark N’ Stormy is actually a proprietary recipe—you can only make the rum, lime and ginger beer mix with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. The same can't be said for this spicy variation on the classic, which adds Angostura bitters to the mix. The tiny change makes a world of a difference in flavor, adding intense aromatics and herbaceous notes, and lets us recommend a host of other dark rums to use.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
bitters
Ginger Beer
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While a traditional Daiquiri is usually made with white or Demerara rum, dark rum takes the stage in this frozen variation. Created by Ashela Richardson, Flor de Caña Rum brand ambassador, it’s inspired by the maraschino-tinged Hemingway Daiquiri. It's frosty, strong and not too sweet, and we can imagine Ernest Hemingway enjoying a few too many of them.

The Essentials

dark rum
lime juice
Simple Syrup
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Another classic dark rum cocktail trademarked by a brand, the Painkiller is an easy tropical cocktail that can definitely only be made with Pusser’s dark rum (wink wink). The rum’s deep flavors are tempered with bright citrus—fresh pineapple and orange—as well as cream of coconut for added island flair. It tastes like the grown-up version of a Piña Colada.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Pineapple Juice
Cream of Coconut
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Blue curaçao has a nasty reputation for being too sweet, but it just needs to be paired with strong ingredients to achieve the perfect balance—like with dark rum in this modern tiki cocktail from Melissa Guadalupe of Chicago’s Arbella. The spirits are mixed with cinnamon spiced syrup, a savory platano puree, zesty lemon juice and fresh pineapple chunks. The result is sweet and refreshing without being saccharine, and exactly what you’d want to drink poolside.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Blue Curaçao
platano purée
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The name of this drink translates to “coffee with rum,” which is really all you need to kickstart your morning. Dark rum and cold brew are stirred with a little RumChata, a sweet, cinnamony cream liqueur. Together, they create a drink that is breakfast-friendly, decadent and oh-so satisfying.

The Essentials

Rumchata
rum
cold brew coffee
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If you want to take the breakfast inspiration one step further, you need to try this Honey Nut Cheerios cocktail. At SoBou in New Orleans, bar chef Laura Bellucci infuses dark rum with Cheerios, shakes it with honey syrup, milk and holiday pie-flavored bitters, then rims the glass in cinnamon sugar. Garnish with a skewer of Cheerios for the ultimate nostalgic treat.

The Essentials

Cheerio-infused rum
honey syrup
Milk

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