Ok, so perhaps rum reminds you of that time you raided your father’s drinks cupboard as a teen and didn’t realise what you were getting yourself in for. Forget those early years of drinking mishaps though, because with the right combinations and recipes, rum cocktails can be truly fabulous. So while you are here, why not do a deep dive into the most simple and fun rum cocktail recipes? Trust us when we say you will find plenty to like, with options to choose from including innovative takes on the likes of Daiquiris, Old Fashioneds and Pina Coladas. All of the featured recipes on this page have been hand picked from some of the best mixologists and drinks experts in town, so you would be hard pressed to find a rum cocktail that doesn’t receive a rapturous reception. Scroll down to see our full range of rum cocktail recipes that every amateur bartender needs to know about.


About rum and rum cocktails

Rum is a liquor which is made from sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice, by first fermenting and then distilling the raw product. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then aged in oak barrels. In the UK, rum has become popular as a strong and punchy drink, while rum cocktails are often whipped up at tropical theme parties or summer soirees - it makes for a great winter warmer too though.

White rum

White rum differs from typical dark rum because it is aged for a significantly shorter period and thus has a lighter colour. For this reason, white rum tends to be more affordable than its darker counterpart and is often used as a base for sweet cocktails

Flavoured rum

Flavoured rums have become increasingly popular, with drinks companies becoming ever more creative with their flavour options. Flavoured rum that you can find online and in stores might include everything from the expected fruit flavourings such as coconut and banana, all the way through to unconventional varieties like a Jaffa Cake flavoured rum.

Discover more about your favourite tipple by reading our guide to the best rum cocktails at London bars.


We answer some of the most commonly asked questions about all things rum.

What is rum made from?

Rum is made from sugarcane molasses and sugarcane juice. The colour and taste of the rum may differ depending on how long the rum has been aged for.

How is rum made?

Rum is a liquor and is made from sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice. Rum makers take these raw ingredients and ferment them, before distilling them. The resulting distillate, a clear liquid, is then aged in oak barrels for a period of time.

Where does rum originate from?

Most rums are produced in the Carribean or America, but some other sugar-producing countries, such as the Philippines and India, also produce rum.