World Rum Day: Nine classic cocktails to whip up in celebration of the spirit

Say cheers to the weekend – and to World Rum Day!

Tuesday, 27th July 2021, 11:04 am

If you’re planning to raise a glass at home over the next few days, or get a few drinks in to watch England in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, why not treat yourself to a taste of the tropics with one of these classic cocktails?

World Rum Day is Saturday, July 10 – so why not!

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World Rum Day is on Saturday, July 10.

Whether you like something sweet and fruity or fizzy and strong, there’ll be a drink for you in our rum cocktail selection.

We take a look at some of the most popular rum drinks – and how to make them.

Blue Hawaii

*Rum, pineapple juice, Blue Curaçao, sour mix

*Combine all ingredients in a shaker

*Serve in a hurricane-style glass with ice

*Garnish with fresh orange or pineapple


*Rum (or traditional Cachaça liquor), sugar, and lime

*Muddle lime and sugar in a glass

*Fill the glass with ice and add the rum/Cachaça

Cuba Libre

*Cola, white rum, fresh lime juice

*Stir all ingredients in a highball glass

*Serve with a fresh lime wedge and ice


*White rum, lime juice, two spoons of sugar (plus fruit puree, if desired)

*Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and stir well until sugar disolves

*Add ice and shake, then strain into a chilled glass

Dark and Stormy

*Dark rum, ginger beer, fresh lime

*Pour ginger beer into a tall glass, top with dark rum

*Add ice and fresh lime to serve


*Rum, lemon juice, passionfruit syrup

*Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice

*Pour into a glass over ice cubes

*Orange or pineapple juice, and grenadine, can be added according to taste

Mai Tai

*Rum, Curaçao liqueur, sugar syrup, lime juice

*Shake all ingredients and pour unstrained into a glass

*Garnish with mint leaves


*White rum, lime juice, fresh mint, soda water, sugar

*Mash mint leaves with lime and sugar in a glass

*Add ice and a splash of soda water, before pouring rum on top

*Top off with more soda and garnish with a citrus slice and more mint

Pina Colada

*White rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice

*Whizz all ingredients in a blender with ice

*Serve in a tall glass and garnish with fresh pineapple or cocktail cherries

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