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3 Easy Rum Cocktails to Sizzle Your Summer!

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

3 Easy Rum Cocktails to Sizzle Your Summer

Summer is here!

Summer is here, and it's time to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea with a twist! Caribbean Bars may be scarce in DC, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a refreshing rum cocktail. Impress your friends and family with these easy and delicious rum drink recipes - perfect for sizzling up your summer. Try something new outside of the classic rum punch, piña colada, or minty mojito. Find the best rum cocktails to beat the heat and make your summer unforgettable!

Top 3 Go-To Summer Rum Drinks

Welcome the warm weather with a refreshing rum cocktail in hand. Here are our top 3 go-to summer rum drinks to beat the heat. The Daiquiri is a classic summer drink that can be sipped as an alcoholic beverage, but is most often served as a frozen lime-based drink. Whether you prefer the classic recipe or a twist like Mango or Passion Fruit & Mango, this delicious drink is sure to be a hit.

The Daiquiri:

There are different recipes for a Daiquiri, each using its own proportions of ingredients but it is typically made with rum, sugar and lime juice. If you're in a summer state of mind, I recommend a frozen Mango Daiquiri, but if you're feeling really adventurous make it a Passion Fruit & Mango Daiquiri!


White rum (non-spiced)

1/2 lemon for lime juice

Triple sec or range liqueur (or passionfruit liquor)

Agave sweetener


Step 1: Blend mango and passion fruit puree, rum, lime juice, agave nectar, triple sec, and ice in a blender and process until smooth.

Step 2: Garnish with edible hibiscus flowers and serve!


Caipirinha is a classic Brazilian cocktail made with (kuh-chaa-kuh). Technically

speaking, cachaça is rum since it is a sugarcane-based spirit but in Brazil it is recognized as a cane brandy (aguardente de cana). This cocktail is the Brazilian version of an old-fashioned: a little sweet, a little sour, and best served in a glass with a lime slice.


1 lime, cut into wedges

2 teaspoons sugar

2 ounces cachaça

Garnish: lime wheel


Step 1. In a double rocks glass, muddle the lime wedges and sugar.

Step 2. Fill the glass with ice, add the cachaça, and stir briefly.

Step 3. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Mai Tai:

The Mai Tai is the quintessential summer cocktail, and deserves its own section in

any bar guide. The drink takes on many forms and variations, with the classic version typically consisting of white/dark rum, orange liqueur (Curaçao, Cointreau or Grand Marnier) Orgeat (an almond syrup), fresh lime juice, and Angostura bitters. The typically garnished drink is best served in a glass over ice, but you can also add a spritz of soda water to make it more refreshing. One part paradise, all parts delicious, the Mai Tai is a classic cocktail you don’t want to miss out on.


¼ cup pineapple juice

2 tablespoons white rum

1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

1 tablespoon (½ oz.) dry orange Curaçao

1 tablespoon orgeat syrup or simple syrup

1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice

1 tablespoon (½ oz.) dark rum

Mint sprig, maraschino cherry, pineapple slice, for serving


Step 1. Combine pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, Curaçao, orgeat, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker.

Step 2. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.

Step 3. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with dark rum, and garnish with mint, cherry, and pineapple.


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