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The 7 Best Fall Drinks to Make With Rum

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Bourbon isn’t the only spirit we like to sip on a crisp fall day. Rum, with its strong notes of caramel, maple, molasses and baking spices, makes for the perfect alternative spirit to enjoy come autumn. While we’re perfectly happy to sip it on its own in place of the usual whiskey, rum tastes amazing in a host of seasonal cocktails that incorporate ingredients like pumpkin, apple cider, coffee and ginger. Here are the seven best rum cocktails that you need to try this season.

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Americans were drinking apple cider long before they were pairing it with cinnamon sugar doughnuts. The Stone Fence is a Revolutionary War-era cocktail that mixes two things the soldiers had aplenty: apple cider and rum. Our recipe adds a few dashes of Angostura bitters to the mix for even more spice and depth, but feel free to leave it out if you want to experience the true historical version.

The Essentials

Rum
Hard apple cider
Angostura Bitters
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People can’t get enough of flavored coffee beverages come autumn, but they’ve never had one quite like this. Made with aged rum, egg whites, cold brew coffee, coffee bitters and coffee ice cubes, this cocktail doubles down on the java kick. A touch of maple syrup for sweetness and a garnish of orange zest bacon really take the drink into overdrive, turning it into a drinkable brunch.

The Essentials

Rum
egg white
Bacon
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Tiki cocktails aren’t just for summer. Their spice-driven flavor profiles, potent ABVs and copious use of warming rum make many of them perfect for fall, too. The Feisty Meister is definitely appropriate for the cooler months, thanks to herbaceous, spicy Jägermeister. The Jäger joins a blend of dark rum and Jamaican rum, along with fresh orange, nutty orgeat and homemade passion fruit syrup. A float of boozy 151 rum is then poured into a hollowed-out lime, sprinkled with cinnamon and ignited to create a showstopping, flaming display.

The Essentials

Jägermeister
Rum
Orgeat
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This creamy cocktail tastes exactly like liquified pumpkin pie. Dark rum and madeira give the drink rich, boozy depth, while pimento dram and cinnamon syrup up the spicy fall flavors. Egg whites create a frothy foam, like a topping of whipped cream.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
pumpkin puree
pumpkin ale
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It doesn’t get more decadent than Hot Buttered Rum. The batter calls for whole sticks of butter, dark brown sugar, baking spices like nutmeg and cloves, and a whole carton of vanilla ice cream. Pour the warm, golden blend into a mug with rum and hot water, and you’ll have the ultimate excuse to indulge this season.

The Essentials

rum
hot buttered rum batter
Hot water
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Spooky Halloween parties call for a drink that’s equally devilish, like this hypnotic tipple fittingly called the Dead Frenchmen. Creme de violette gives it a ghostly hue, while rum and white crème de cacao add further boozy punch. Freshly grated nutmeg gives the purple drink an orangey pop that will forever haunt your guests with its delicious memories.

The Essentials

white rum
Violet liqueur
Heavy Cream
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Made with two types of dark rum, ginger liqueur, allspice dram and pumpkin puree, this Daiquiri is aromatic, spicy and festive enough for all sorts of autumnal celebrations. Serve it on Thanksgiving, alongside a big helping of marshmallow-topped candied yams.

The Essentials

Rum
allspice dram
Pumpkin Purée

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