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Rum - slaves distilled it, pirates swigged it, and planters knocked it back with a dash of lime and sugar. It became the Caribbean’s most celebrated icon and it is more superior here than anywhere else in the world.

Cheap to produce and easy to transport, rum became identified with life in the Caribbean. So it's no shocker that rum is served everywhere in the Caribbean and any way imaginable.

Please obey your local laws and drink responsibly.

Rum Selection Tips:

Before you try these rum cocktails, you should read my rum selection tips and brush up on popular rum brands. There is a difference between light and dark rums, spiced rums, and aged rums. Choosing the correct rum for each cocktail makes a difference in the way it tastes.

Planter’s Punch:

Planter's Punch isn’t the name for a specific cocktail recipe. It’s a generic name for just about any rum-based punch. There are many different recipes calling for different juice and punch combinations. My favorite combination calls for white and dark rum, triple sec, lemon and lime juice, simple syrup and a dash of grenadine syrup.

Cuba Libre:

The Cuba Libre (Spanish for Free Cuba) originated around 1900 in Havana, Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Patriots aiding Cuba often toasted the West Indian Island and its freedom with this rum, cola, and lime cocktail.

Coquito:

Coquito is a coconut flavored creamy punch, similar to eggnog. It is served during Christmas and New Years celebrations in Puerto Rico. This recipe is very simple - no raw eggs and no wrestling with a fresh coconut.

Mojito:

The Mojito was Ernest Hemingway's second favorite drink. This traditional Cuban cocktail is made with spearmint, rum, sugar, lime, and club soda. It is currently a trendy beverage and a popular summer drink.

Piña Colada:

The Piña Colada has been around since the 1950s. It blends the flavors of coconut and pineapple. It was concocted on the island of Puerto Rico and has become a favorite among those who enjoy tropical cocktails.

Zombie:

The Zombie is a very strong cocktail made with fruit juices, liqueurs, and different rums. The fruity taste disguises the high alcohol content. This drink first appeared in the 1930s and became famous at the 1939 New York World's Fair. There are several different versions of the drink.

Hurricane:

The Hurricane was invented during World War II in New Orleans at Pat O'Briens bar. It was named for the shape of a hurricane lamp. This fruit juice and rum cocktail is a great party drink.

Hemingway Special Daiquiri:

Daiquiris are a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum and lime juice. The Daiquiri was Hemingway’s favorite drink. There are a number of different versions. The Hemingway Daiquiri has a splash of grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.

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