Rum-laden tiki drinks are delicious, but those tropical classics often involve a laundry list of ingredients, homemade syrups, intricate garnishes and sometimes actual fire. While you can and should try your hand at these over-the-top rum drinks, there are plenty of rum-tails that require far less time and expertise. From basic highballs to sparkly sippers to creamy dessert cocktails, here are the easiest and tastiest drinks to make with rum.
The 8 Easiest Rum Drinks
If your cocktail making competency begins and ends with pouring soda into booze, allow us to introduce you to the Cuba Libre. Essentially a fancy term for a Rum and Coke, the super simple cocktail does squeeze one more ingredient into the mix: lime.
Another highball that requires nothing more than pouring one thing over another, the Dark and Stormy rewards you with more flavor than your efforts deserve. Spicy ginger beer and dark rum do all the work for you, creating a layered, flavorful drinking experience.
If you think creating a Daiquiri involves a blender, berries, ice cream, neon sour mix and a gargantuan glass, we’re happy to inform you that you’re mistaken. A classic Daiquiri calls for three simple ingredients: rum, lime and sugar, shaken with ice and served up. It’s the liquid epitome of “less is more.”
This Revolutionary War-era cocktail is made with two ingredients the rebels had in spades: rum and cider. Follow in our forefathers’ footsteps by pouring hard apple cider over a dram of dark rum, then add a touch of spiced bitters for extra depth.
Hard apple cider
It doesn’t get simpler than rum and water, which was all that made up traditional 18th century Grog imbibed by the British Navy. Vice Admiral Edward “Old Grogram” Vernon watered down the ship’s rum to keep his men sober, but ingenuitive sailors doctored their ration with lime and sugar to create the Grog cocktail as we know it.
Not too dissimilar from Grog, Rum Punch adds a few dashes of Angostura bitters and freshly grated nutmeg to the combination of rum, lime, sugar and water. Still seem too difficult to remember? Just keep this rhyme handy: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak. A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice, served well chilled with plenty of ice.”
The classic Fresh 75 is ripe for reinvention, and swapping in rum for gin is one of the best ways to remix the drink. Using honey syrup and lime, instead of simple syrup and lemon, gives the drink a Caribbean flair and creates this wonderfully spritzy cocktail known as the Airmail.
Instead of lying to yourself that you’re ever going to make banana bread, use your browning bananas for this cocktail instead. While it may seem like the drink calls for a lot of ingredients for an “easy cocktail,” all you need to do is chuck everything in a blender. Aged rum, Kahlúa, banana liqueur, cream, milk and a whole ripe banana get churned up for the ultimate grown-up banana split.