fbpx

Very simple three ingredient Rum Cocktail

Based on the explosion of Tiki-themed drinks and new releases of rums that are every bit as complex as whiskey, it seems like everyone suddenly remembered that rum is delicious, which is great, because rum is, and always has been, delicious. It works well in lowbrow drinks like a rum & Coke, which can be enjoyed at the seediest of dives, and is also at home in $16 Tiki revivals or as a top-shelf neat pour in fancy bars where ‘tenders sport suspenders and don impressively waxed mustaches.

Oh, and you can make a fantastic, complex cocktail out of it with just a few simple ingredients. Next time you’re bartending at home for anyone — from your in-laws to your co-workers to, well, just you — break out these three-ingredient rum cocktails to shine everyone on with minimal effort.

Daiquiri

Like any sour, when done correctly, a daiquiri is sublime. Not the fructose-filled, blended variety you see at resorts, either. The kind Hemingway enjoyed. The boozy, simple kind. It’s incredibly hard to mess up, which makes it a simple go-to cocktail to impress your guests at home, and a good benchmark to size up new bars. If you order a daiquiri and it’s anything but amazingly refreshing, switch to beer or a new bar.

Daiquiri

Daiquiri

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces rum
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a coup glass, serve straight up.

Pina colada

Hands down the fastest way to achieve tropical vacation mode, the creamy blend of pineapple, coconut, and rum makes everything better. Insanely easy to make, this should be a year-round staple. It’s perfect for celebrating the warm weather of spring and summer, and for pretending it’s warm during the chill of fall and winter.

Pina colada

Pina colada

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 ounces Coco Lopez cream of coconut
  • 2 ounces rum

Combine all ingredients in a blender on high until frosty and creamy. That’s it.

Dark ‘n Stormy

Ginger beer and lime make just about anything taste good, and seem especially well suited to sweet-and-spicy dark rum. This adult soda beverage pairs well with BBQs, sunny afternoons, and Instagram.

Dark 'n Stormy

Dark ‘n Stormy

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Lime wedge

Combine ginger beer and rum in a tall glass over ice, garnish with a lime wedge.

Cuba Libre

This attempt to make a rum & Coke fancy by adding a lime and Latin-y name is a little silly, but very delicious. That’s not to say you should order it by name at a bar if it’s not on the menu, because chances are you’ll sound like a pretentious ass. Just ask for a rum & Coke with lime, and if they roll their eyes and say, “So a Cuba Libre,” then chances are they are a pretentious ass. Either way, the drink is delicious.

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces Coca-Cola
  • 2 ounces rum
  • Lime wedge

Pour the rum and Coke in a glass over ice, garnish with a lime wedge. Hold the self-deprecating comments and be confident in drinking what makes you happy.

Strawberry daiquiri

Basically a smoothie, this nutrient-packed drink is a good option for the health-conscious, and one of the more appropriate day-drinking options. This drink is not really about the spirit as much as it is basically drinking a boozy popsicle, so any rum that is not spiced or super aged works well. For those who like it strong, add a rum floater on top.

Strawberry daiquiri

Strawberry daiquiri

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 ounce lime
  • 2 ounces rum

Combine all ingredients in a blender on high until just combined. Pat yourself on the back for being “healthy.”

Minimalist rum punch

This classic, which many of us remember from our honeymoon phase with alcohol, is still a potent, fruity mix worth your attention. Just like in the old days, pour a bunch of juice in a (probably Solo) cup, and add rum. Fresh, 100% juices are definitely best, but hey, there’s no shame in substituting fruit punch juice product if that’s your jam.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces rum

Combine ingredients in a cup over ice. Repeat. Frequently.

Rum Old Fashioned

Move over whiskey, because rum is about to school you at your own game. You’ll need an aged rum for this twist on a classic, and unlike many of the other tutti-frutti rum drinks, this one is very much about the spirit, so splurge on something nice. Go ahead, you deserve it.

Rum Old Fashioned

Rum Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces aged rum
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine bitters and sugar in a rocks glass, add ice and whisky, stir to combine. Classy.

Rum & coco

If you are looking for a light — but not too light – and flavorful drink to sip on all day long (ideally from the dock of a boat), this should be your go-to. The ultra-hydrating coconut water allows you to put these away without having to stop for water breaks in between. Genius.

Rum & coco

Rum & coco

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces aged rum
  • 4 ounces coconut water

Combine over ice, sip, repeat.

Rum spritz

It’s easy to overdo it with rum, since it goes down so easy. Break out this little number when you and your friends need something a little lighter on the liver but aren’t quite ready to call it quits. The club soda and lime will make one serving of rum last longer, and your probable hangover shorter.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces rum
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Lime wedge

Combine rum and soda in a tall glass over ice and garnish with the lime wedge and a tiny umbrella if you’re feeling extra fancy.