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9 Easy Cocktails to Make with White Rum

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Light and sweet white rum is incredibly versatile. Its delicate, sugary taste is as approachable as neutral vodka, giving drinks complex flavor without overpowering other ingredients. Its easy drinkability has inspired countless classics—from the Daiquiri to the Mojito. And while dark rum is getting a well-deserved turn in the spotlight, we’re here to remind everyone that its fairer cousin is just as worthy of your attention. Here, nine super-easy cocktails to make with white rum.

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Lovers of the minty Mojito who are looking for an extra punch of flavor will want to try this blended classic, invented by tiki godfather Don the Beachcomber. Made with white rum, fresh mint, peach brandy, lime juice, honey syrup and pineapple, it’s sweet and icy, with a decently low-ABV compared to other tiki beverages. Of course, that means it’s easy to spend an entire summer day leisurely sipping glass after glass under the sun.

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Fresh mint
White Rum
Pineapple
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The Cubans know rum better than most, so it’s no surprise that a classic rum libation invented on their soil would be so delicious. White rum meets dry vermouth, orange curaçao and a dash of homemade grenadine for a dry, elegant cocktail with a touch of fruity sweetness.

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White rum
Dry vermouth
Orange curaçao
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For many, a basic Rum and Coke is the gateway drink into the entire world of cocktails. This decadent variation translates your old favorite highball into a boozy ice cream float. White rum and Mexican Coke (which contains real sugar instead of corn syrup) tops heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream, while a few hefty dashes of Angostura bitters add subtle complexity to the nostalgic treat.

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White Rum
Vanilla Ice Cream
Mexican Coke
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If we had to pick just one flavored Daiquiri to sip for the rest of our life, it would be this version made with fresh, juicy strawberries. Created by Noel Nepomuceno of NYC’s Megu, this cocktail replicates the texture of a frozen Daiquiri without a blender. Crushed ice, strawberries, rum, lemon juice and triple sec are all you need for this fruity, frosty summer sipper.

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Strawberries
Triple Sec
white rum
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This extravagant, drinkable dessert dates back to the early 1900s and while it may sound like a chore to make, we promise it’s way easier than it looks. White rum, white wine, lemon and orange juices, simple syrup and an egg white come together over a mound of crushed ice to make a delicious adult snow cone. Topped with Champagne, it’s a frothy sweet and sour libation. The Punch Romaine is so indulgent, it was served to passengers on the last dinner aboard the ill-fated Titanic. If it was good enough for the folks in first class, it’s good enough for us.

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white rum
white wine
orange juice
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Papa Hemingway knew that the easiest way to make a rum cocktail taste even better was to add more rum—his original recipe for his namesake Daiquiri variation included a whopping four-ounces of the stuff. This modern recipe, comprised of white rum, maraschino liqueur, grapefruit and lime juice, may be pared down by Hemingway’s standards, but it’s enough to satisfy any mortal drinker.
 

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White Rum
Fresh Lime Juice
Fresh Grapefruit Juice
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This light, rosy-hued cocktail is a wonderful option for those who prefer their beverages on the sweeter side. It originally featured equal parts white rum and pineapple juice, but this recipe calls for an extra slug of rum, supported by pineapple, maraschino liqueur and grenadine.


 

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white rum
pineapple juice
maraschino liqueur
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Rum is only one letter away from “fun” for a reason: The spirit instantly transports the drinker to a care-free state of mind. This easy, large-format cocktail tastes exactly like Hawaiian Punch, only way better because it’s spiked with an entire bottle of rum. Easy to make and even easier to drink, the beach-ready punch will bring out the fun-loving nature in even the staunchest cynics.

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white rum
lemonade
cranberry juice
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The one white rum cocktail to rule them all, the Piña Colada is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Whether it’s sipped at the bar, on vacation, by the pool, or on your couch in the middle of winter, the Piña Colada just makes you happy. Name a more iconic trio than rum, pineapple and coconut—we’ll wait.

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Rum
Coco Lopez
Pineapple Juice

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