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White or clear rum is a versatile liquor that is known to most for its sweet and light flavor. It is completely colorless and generally unaged or lightly aged, unliked dark rum. White rum can be served neat or on the rocks but is most commonly used as a base for some of your favorite cocktails because of its light, effervescent tasting notes. From Mojitos to Daiquiris and even Coquitos, white rum serves as a solid base for some of your most beloved libations and rum drinks! 

El Dorado’s Piña Colada

LINK ADDRESS: https://www.vice.com/en/article/aeazw4/pina-colada 

 

The Piña Colada is nearly synonymous with vacation. It is the go-to getaway beverage and one of the most popular rum drinks that millions of people order when lounging by a pool or beach. It is a classic summer cocktail that first gained popularity in the 1970s. It’s unclear whether it was first created in Cuba or Puerto Rico, but nearly 50 years later, it is a global favorite, according to Facts.net

Some of that clout and fame might be attributed to the 1979 hit song “Escape” more commonly known as the “Piña Colada” song, where singer Rupert Holmes says, “If you like Piña Coladas … Getting caught in the rain.” Well, for most vacation-goers the rain part sounds like a doozy, but the Piña Coladas sound just right! 

Making this rum recipe is fairly simple! Most folks like their Coladas blended well so they can enjoy it like a classic frozen drink! This El Dorado recipe combines the sweet natural flavors of white rum with the citrussy and tangy flavors offered by the added fruit. Of course, be sure to add ice to your liking and blend until ready! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 whole young coconut
  • 2 ounces coconut milk 
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 ounces El Dorado 12 year rum 
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • Fresh pineapple for garnish

SERVING SIZE: Take a young coconut and a meat cleaver. Hack into the coconut three times in a triangular shape to extract the coconut water. Pour the coconut water into a blender and scrape the coconut meat with a spoon to include in the cocktail. Blend content until smooth. 

Then, take the rest of the ingredients and pour them into the blender, which you’ll ignite for roughly 30 seconds. Top with fresh nutmeg, garnish with pineapple and pour the beverage into one 9-ounce margarita glass. Drink Responsibly

Ten To One’s Rum Martini

IMAGE LINK: https://www.tentoonerum.com/cocktails/rum-martini/ 

Most Martinis are made with gin and vermouth but crafting a Rum Martini is a great way to bring new flavor to a classic cocktail. Historically, rum has been used as medicine and as a trading currency so there’s no reason it can’t be used as a base for a Martini, right? This mixed drink with white rum is one of Ten To One’s most well-known rum recipes and calls for only a handful of ingredients. It is easy to make and even easier to enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 ounces Ten To One White Rum 
  • 1 ounce Blanc Vermouth 
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

SERVING SIZE: One 6-ounce Martini glass. Drink responsibly. 

The Bacardi Coquito

IMAGE LINK: https://www.bacardi.com/us/en/rum-cocktails/coquito/ 

Perfect for the holidays, the Coquito is a traditional Puerto Rican rum drink that is festive, fun and full of flavor! It’s a simple, easy-to-make recipe that is both creamy and decadent. It’s a great drink to serve at a holiday party or any winter gathering you might throw and a great drink to prepare in a pinch. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 Large bottle of Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 15 Ounces Cream of Coconut 
  • 14 Ounces Condensed Milk 
  • 12 Ounces Evaporated Milk 
  • 2 TBSP Vanilla Extract 
  • Cinnamon To Taste

Serving Size: Coquitos are often served in a large punch bowl but a 6-ounce serving is generally recommended. Drink responsibly. 

The Fog Cutter made with Flor De Cana Rum

IMAGE LINK ADDRESS 

Recipe Link: https://robbreport.com/food-drink/spirits/best-fog-cutter-recipe-classic-tiki-cocktail-1234857362/ 

For the adventurous rum lover looking for something eclectic and exciting, try the Fog Cutter, a white rum cocktail that incorporates cognac, gin and a handful of citruses to boot! The Fog Cutter is a vintage tiki cocktail frequently attributed to being invented by Victor Bergeron, the founder of the multimillion-dollar food and drink empire called Trader Vic’s. 

The original recipe and method for serving this cocktail vary based on your source (there were some competing claims with rival Don the Beachcomber about its origins, as well as dozens of copycat bars during the era), but its decadence, flare and flavor are indisputable. 

It’s traditionally served in a ceramic mug with a Polynesian motif and the drink runs on the strong side … so pace yourself when enjoying it! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 ounces of Flor De Cana Rum  
  • ½ ounce Gin of your choice
  • ½ ounce Brandy of your choice
  • 1 ounce Orange Juice 
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons Orgeat Syrup
  • 1 barspoon Sherry

Serving Size: As this drink notoriously runs strong, we recommend a serving size of roughly 4-5 ounces. Enjoy responsibly (and slowly).

Ten To One’s Hemingway Daiquiri 

 

IMAGE LINK: https://www.tentoonerum.com/cocktails/hemingway-daiquiri/ 

Simply stated, you can’t think of rum without thinking about Daiquiris … and when it comes to Daiquiris, the options are endless! From classic to watermelon to strawberry and more, the Daiquiri is as versatile as it is vibrant! One that we love to highlight is the Hemingway Daiquiri! This classic cocktail is named after the esteemed author Ernest Hemingway who frequented the El Floridita bar in Havana!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces Ten To One White Rum 
  • ¾ ounces Fresh Lime Juice 
  • ½ Fresh Grapefruit Juice 
  • ½ ounces Maraschino Liqueur
  • Garnish with Lime Wheel and Maraschino Cherry

Serving Size: Serve in a 6-ounce Coupe Glass. Drink Responsibly. 

The Real McCoy’s Rum Negroni

LINK: https://www.realmccoyspirits.com/cocktailrecipes#sc3yo 

If your drink of choice is a Negroni, we definitely have an idea you can “rum” with. Check out The Real McCoy’s White Negroni, a rum-based twist on a celebrated cocktail that balances both bold and sweet in a one-of-a-kind cocktail. 

The Negroni was created in 1919 and was originally crafted as a reimagined version of the Americano cocktail, by replacing soda water with gin. It’s an “equal parts” libation traditionally consisting of vermouth, bitters and spirit, so in this case we lead with the white rum. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 ounces of The Real McCoy 3 Year
  • 1 ounce Fortified Dry Vermouth 
  • ½ ounce Gentian Liqueur 

 

SERVING SINZE: Stir all ingredients with ice for 15 seconds. Strain over ice into a 10 ounce stem glass. Garnish with Lemon. Drink responsibly. 

The Sling Shot Made with Plantation 3 Stars Rum

 

IMAGE LINK: https://www.plantationrum.com/professionnels-recettes-cocktails?offset=1461067719016&category=Plantation+3+Stars 

Plantation 3 Stars Rum combines rum from three tropical locations: Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. As a company, they also offer one-of-a-kind craft cocktail recipes on their website that highlight the versatility rum can offer. One recipe that stands out is the Sling Shot, an effervescent layered cocktail that brings out both the bold and the flowery notes the cocktail offers. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 ounce Plantation 3 Stars Rum 
  • ¾ ounces Bourbon Manzanilla Sherry
  • ¾ ounces Watermelon Juice
  • ½ ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ ounce Simple Syrup 
  • ½ ounce Campari 

 

SERVING SIZE: Shake, Strain and Serve in a 6-ounce Coupe glass. Add salt to rim. Enjoy responsibly. 

Ten To One’s Coconut Mojito

IMAGE LINK: https://www.tentoonerum.com/cocktails/coconut-mojito/ 

Refreshing, robust and completely revived, the Coconut Mojito brings new flavor to a timeless classic cocktail. Packed with Caribbean flavors, this drink is bound to evoke big vacation energy to anyone who orders it. Mojitos are known to be layered with both ingredients and flavors. The mint sprigs and lime wedges enhance the already dynamic notes the Coconut Mojito tends to offer. 

The Mojito was originally crafted in Cuba and is believed to be more than 500 years old, according to LionFish.com. Since then, dozens of takes on the Mojito have arisen, offering rum lovers a chance to enhance and explore an already beloved beverage. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ounces Ten To One White Rum 
  • ¾ ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • 8-12 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Club Soda
  • Garnish with Mint Sprig 

SERVING SIZE: We recommend serving this cocktail in a 10 ounce Collins glass. Drink responsibly. 

Diplomático Planas Mai Tai

Whether it’s on a vacation or at a brand new restaurant, Mai Tais always bring that extra punch and flavor and are beloved by everyone! The Mai Tai, like the Fog Cutter, can be traced back to Victor Jules Bergeron, better known as Trader Vic. Also credited with this drink and overall Tiki culture is Donn Beach. It was likely first created in 1944. 

LINK: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/food/story/classic-rum-drink-recipes-make-national-cocktail-day-77645073  

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 ounce Diplomático Planas
  • 1 ounce Diplomático Manuano 
  • ½ ounce Orange Liquor 
  • ¾ ounces Lime Juice
  • ¾ ounces Pineapple Juice

SERVING SIZE: Add all ingredients to shaker with crushed ice. Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh mint and pineapple leaf. Serve in 6-8 ounce glass. Drink responsibly. 

The Caribbean Queen with El Dorado Cask Aged 3 Year Rum

For a completely original recipe that is both simple and satisfying, look no further than The Caribbean Queen. This cocktail is a twist on The Fair Lady and The Green Lady from Alex Barker’s “1,001 Cocktails” except this one uses rum as the foundation instead of gin. 

LINK ADDRESS: https://therumhowlerblog.com/2018/05/04/cocktail-hour-caribbean-queen-with-el-dorado-3-year-old-rum/ 

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 ½ ounces El Dorado Cask Aged 3 Year Old Rum
  2. ½ ounce Bols Triple Sec
  3. 3/8 ounces Lemon Juice
  4. 3/8 ounces Lime Juice
  5. ½ ounce Sugar Syrup
  6. 1 dash Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters
  7. Ice 
  8. Lemon Peel 

Serving Size: Mix ingredients in a metal shaker with ice and shake until it begins to frost. Strain into a chilled 6-8 ounce cocktail glass. Add Lemon Peel for Garnish. 

The Ron Collins with Havana Club Añejo

Havana Club brings a little extra flavor to the beloved Tom Collins cocktail with a Cuban version they call the “Ron” Collins. This reimagined cocktail is mixed and made with Havana Club 3 and offers a magical mix of rum, lime and sugar. Havana Club was founded in Cuba and is the first of its kind to experiment with double aging their rum! 

Today, much of the company is based out of Puerto Rico. The original Tom Collins can be traced back to the late 1800s and is known as a “fizzy” drink with a gin base. The Ron Collins, however, is rum-based, bringing a Caribbean splash to a much-loved libation. 

LINK ADDRESS

https://havana-club.com/en/cocktail/ron-collins/ 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 ¾ ounces Havana Club Añejo 3 Años
  • 1 ¾ ounces Mineral Water
  • ½ ounce Simple Syrup 
  • ½ Lime
  • Crushed Ice 

Serving Size: Pour rum, lime juice and sugar into an 8 ounce drink glass and fill with ice cubes. Mix and fill up with mineral water. Drink responsibly. 

Bacardi’s Summer Watermelon Cooler

LINK ADDRESS: https://www.bacardi.com/us/en/rum-cocktails/watermelon-cooler/ 

And finally, for something refreshing and revitalizing, Bacardi offers a delicate and delightful Summer Watermelon Cooler. This simple recipe only calls for three ingredients and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 ½ ounces Bacardi Superior 
  • ¾ ounces Watermelon Juice
  • 2 ounces Grapefruit Soda 

Serving Size: Serve in a 6-8 ounce glass with ice and lime for garnish. Drink responsibly. 

Takeaway

What mixes well with white rum? Well, to put it simply, the options are endless and plentiful. With these cocktail recipes, you may consider white rum to be your base but we’d encourage you to think of it more as a palate – a foundational open space that allows you to infuse so many different recipes and histories into your cocktail. 

White rum is one of the most versatile liquors and playing around with different cocktails (and enjoying them responsibly) is one of the best ways to experience it. 

Now that you have a handful of options to try out … we invite you to sip back, relax and enjoy the toast! Cheers! 

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