A tropical beach is the perfect place to both show off your bod and sip a refreshing rum tipple. But too often bartenders bury the liquor in sugary mixers and fruit juices (usually to mask inferior swill), forcing many beachgoers to sacrifice their favorite drinks for the sake of their physique. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you have a quality rum on hand, you can mix yourself a relatively healthy cocktail that’s just as beach club appropriate as a Piña Colada. Here, the healthiest rum cocktails this side of the Caribbean.
The 5 Healthiest Rum Cocktails for the Sugar Cane-Inclined
While there is a good amount of sugar in a standard Mojito, the drink can easily be modified to taste by reducing the sugar. Freshly picked mint bursting with cooling herbaceous depth and zesty fresh lime juice can produce a ton of flavor when paired with the right white rum, meaning you can get all the tropical taste with none of the guilt.
The story goes that Hemingway’s first taste of the Daiquiri at the famed El Floridita in Cuba was swiftly followed by his rebuke—the drink was too sweet and not nearly strong enough. If health is your priority, you should probably opt out of the 4 ounces of rum the author suggested (and the six drinks he would down a day), but you can adopt his preference for reduced sugar. The modern recipe takes only a dash of simple syrup, relying instead on the natural sweetness of fresh grapefruit juice.
Fresh Lime Juice
Fresh Grapefruit Juice
As every Instagram veteran knows, throwing an avocado on your brunch dish is code for “maybe healthy-ish but definitely delicious.” Get your daily helping of good fats in the form of a cocktail with this tall, avocado-spiked concoction. The whipped cream on top is even infused with coconut, making it healthy-ish-er—or so you can tell yourself as you down this creamy, nearly shame-free green treat.
Don Q Anejo Rum
Grog was invented to keep British sailors from downing their rum too quickly. The additional H2O that kept those brave soldiers on their feet also makes this a relatively healthy addition to the seafaring rum cocktail pantheon, slowing your consumption while introducing some much-needed hydration into the mix.
Ginger has so many health benefits it’s basically a 21st century cureall. This pre-superfood medical wonder is great in tea, in a syrup, and in fizzy ginger beer for a healthy mixer with a punch. Pick a spicier, less sugared option to highlight the sweetness in your rum, then add some lime juice and feel great about your decisions.